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Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC)


Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)


Receive a 90% tax credit for your business by contributing to

Imani Christian Academy through Pennsylvania's OSTC and EITC Programs.

For additional details on the programs and how to apply,

please click OSTC or EITC.

Also, view Laura Ellsworth's remarks about the OSTC program and the

impact it has on all the underserved students at Imani.


Applications are accepted online starting July 1, 2015 for new

participants of either program.


Our Mission

We embrace all children in our society,

particularly those who are underserved;

Transform them into whole adults -

spiritually, academically, physically and socially;

And launch them into lives of

purpose and contribution.





In Swahili, Imani means “faith” and faith is the foundation for everything that happens in our school.  Our students are nurtured by caring and dedicated staff who teach them values consistent with the Bible.  We teach our students to have faith in God, faith in themselves and faith in each other. 

We value each child and we welcome children of all racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. Our children are educated in an environment that unveils, develops and nurtures their uniqueness. The discovery of purpose in each child's life is the heartbeat of Imani Christian Academy. We believe that every child is called by God for a certain purpose, and that each purpose is equally important. We mentor and guide each individual to achieve his or her highest potential.  This is accomplished by using the resources of the church, the home and the community.

The neighborhoods where our children live are typically filled with violence, addiction, and various forms of verbal and physical abuse. When students from such backgrounds come to Imani, they are safe in an environment where they can learn, find love, and experience hope


Interested in having your child attend Imani?

Click Here to dowload Imani's Enrollment form.

Stay up-to-date with everything happening at Imani!

Click HERE to see Imani's February Activity Calendar.

Tutors Needed

We are seeking teachers to work as tutors in our after school program, which

runs Mondays through Thursdsdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Please contatct Mrs. Theresa Benning at 412-731-7982 for additional details.

Upcoming Events

Lady Saints Basketball

The Saints won their first playoff game against Aliquippa by a score of 53-39 to move on to the next round.  Good luck in your next game!

Click here for pictures.

Current Events

Basketball Season

Congratulations to the boys and girls basketball teams for both making it to the playoffs.  The Lady Saints became the first team in school history to win a WPIAL playoff game!  Thank you to all the fans that came out to support the Saints!

Senior Recognition Night

Seniors from the boys and girls Varsity Basketball teams and the Cheerleading team were recognized last week at their last home games.  Congratulations to all Seniors for a great season and good luck in the playoffs! Go Saints!

Click HERE for pictures.

National Society of High School Scholars

Congratulations to Seniors Aaliyah Smith and Raheem Perry for being selected to join the National Society of High School Scholars.  NSHSS recognizes high school students from around the world for their academic achievements and leadership. 

The Carson Scholars Fund

Onyah Sheely, Kymora Haley and James Richardson have been nominated for The Carson Scholars Fund, which is given to students who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. If selected, they will win $1,000 college scholarships and be named "Carson Scholars". We wish them the best of luck!

Saints vs. Gators

The Saints wrapped up their season with a 48-0 win at Geibel Catholic. The Gators and staff were incredible hosts, and we look forward to playing again next year.  The football team thanks Dicks Sporting Goods, The Jerome Bettis Foundation, and all the supporters who helped to bring football back to Imani! See you next season!

Click HERE for photos.

2014 Imani Gala

Imani Christian Academy thanks this year's honorary chairs Randy and Sheri Dearth, Jerry and Wanda MacCleary and Charlie and Latasha Batch and the gala committee for their tireless efforts on behalf of our children. 

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Jones Day Employees Visit Imani

A big THANK YOU to the employees from Jones Day who visited Imani on Wednesday, October 8th. Some of the volunteers read books and colored with our Pre-K and

Kindergarten students and helped the First Grade class practice their “listening skills”.  Others spoke to our Middle and High school students about the challenges of transitioning to high school, the dangers of the internet, and the different careers that are available in law.  Our students LOVED having the volunteers!  We are so grateful to Jones Day staff for the volunteering at our school and look forward to your next visit!

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Imani Board Member Recognized

Congratulations to the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis, a member of the Imani Board of Directors, for being selected as the Best Lawyers 2015 Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year"

in Washington, D.C.

Click HERE to read more.

Glen Meakem -- Keynote Speaker at 2014 Imani Graduation

On Sunday, June 8, 2014, Imani was honored to have Glen Meakem as their Keynote Speaker.  Mr. Meakem told the graduates, “Life is hard, you will face many challenges and difficulties.   It’s just a fact of life.  The question is not whether you will get knocked down in life.. You will.  The questions are, will you get back up?  And how will you get back up? That will define your life.” 

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Click HERE for pictures.

Imani Football is Back – we made our goal!

Imani was honored to be a part of the DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter Initiative! Thank you to everyone who donated and contributed to the success of the campaign! A special thank you to DICK’S Sporting Goods COO Joseph Schmidt, CFO Andre Hawaux, Community Relation’s Jim Famularo., and the entire staff at the Monroeville DICK’S Sporting Goods Store! 

Click HERE to view the thank you video from our students.

Imani graduate and firefighter, Josh Colbert, teaches son valuable lesson

Click HERE to read the story.

Raheem Perry Recognized as Young Achiever in Tribune-Review

Congratulations to Imani's 11th grader, Raheem Perry, for being selected as a Young Achiever in the Tribune-Review. As a recipient of the 2014 Global Travel Scholarship, Raheem will travel to Japan this summer to learn about Japanese art and explore their culture. Raheem also received the 2014 Carson Scholar Award. We're proud of you Raheem!

Click HERE to read his profile in the Tribune-Review.

Jack Ciesinski Donates Refurbished Bikes to Imani

Jack Ciesinski, a sophomore at Quaker Valley High School in Sewickley, chose Bikes for Tikes as his 10th grade project. Bikes for Tikes is a project that collects lightly used bikes from willing donors in the community, restores them to safe, working condition, and then donates them to charities. On Friday, March 21st, Jack and his father, Dave Ciesinski (a member of the Imani Board of directors), visited the school and dropped off three refurbished bikes.

When we asked Jack why he chose this project, he said “I have always been an avid biker.   I started riding bikes at five years old and have loved it ever since.” He continued, “Bicycling is a healthy past time that you can do at every age.   I believe every child should have access to this wonderful sport.”  He added, “Gary Bywaters (mechanic at Ambridge Bike Shop) taught me how to fix bikes.”

See photos HERE.

High School Science Fair

High school students presented their science fair projects to the school, which included topics ranging from the solar system to magnetic fields.

The judges had a tough time picking their favorite projects!

Click HERE to see some of the projects.

Elementary Literacy Projects

Elementary grade students showed their creativity and reading comprehension skills through visual book reports.  For this literacy project, they choose a book and presented the theme, setting, conflict/resolution, theme, plot, etc.  Great work Imani students!!!

See the projects HERE.

Westinghouse Bridge Design and Building Presentation

A BIG THANK YOU to Matt Evans (Mechanical Engineer from Westinghouse Electric Corporation) who visited the school on March 10, 2014.  He presented the physics of bridge building and talked about the different types of bridges around the world. High school students are participating in a bridge building competition where they are given only 200 popsicle sticks and glue to design and build a bridge.  The goal of the competition is to build the bridge that can hold the most weight.


Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls

Congratulations to all the teams for an incredible season and to the graduating seniors.


Evan Frazier Visit

Evan Frazier, Highmark’s Senior Vice President of Community Affairs, visited Imani to talk to students about his book, Most Likely to Succeed:  The Frazier Formula for Success.  Evan’s book explains his formula that success equals your vision, a plan and the right attitude. Thank you to Evan Frazier and Highmark for their continued support of Imani.


Boys and Girls Basketball

Congratulations to the basketball teams for playing some incredible back to back games on Thursday and Friday. Take a look at some of the action below.

Varsity Girls

JV Boys

Varsity Boys

Pittsburgh ICE

Imani is thrilled to be participating in the Pittsburgh ICE (Inclusion Creates Equality) program!

Pittsburgh ICE is a 501©3 organization that is staffed by all volunteers and sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Their mission is to provide underprivileged boys and girls in the Greater Pittsburgh area the opportunity to learn to play the game of ice hockey at little or no cost.  They are part of NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone program (HIFE), which is committed to offering children of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn and play hockey. 

We have 11 boys and 2 girls registered in the program with our two coaches, Rodney and Ronnell Heard.

Watch for our weekly updates.

See pictures HERE of the students and coaches getting fitted for their equipment.

Winchester Thurston Bears vs. Imani Saints

Congratulations to the Boys JV and Varsity teams for winning their games against The Winchester Thurston Bears!


Ellis Tigers vs. Imani Saints

The girls basketball team played a great game against the Ellis Tigers yesterday.

Come out and support the boys and the girls teams!


Girls Schedule

Boys Schedule

Penguins Game

Thanks to Tickets for Kids Charities for allowing Imani students to experience their first Pens game on December 9, 2013. Thank you to Billy and Kara Guerin for providing additional food that they loved!


Billy and Kara Guerin Visit Imani

Thank you to Billy and Kara Guerin for supporting Imani and being Honorary C0-Chairs for the Imani Gala.




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