About the High School

About the High School

About Keystone Oaks High School

Located five miles from the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, Keystone Oaks High School is a suburban high school that serves more than 600 students from the communities of Castle Shannon, Dormont and Green Tree. In line with the Keystone Oaks School District's 2020-2026 Strategic Plan, the High School's curriculum and course offerings are designed to support the continued educational growth and development of each student through personalized learning. Keystone Oaks High School strives to meet the individual needs of our diverse student body, which includes:
  • 22.1% non-white student population
  • 22.1% receive special education services, including gifted education
  • 41.4% economically disadvantaged
  • 2.6% English language learners
Keystone Oaks High School offers students a variety of program and course options designed to reflect their interests, build upon their skills and abilities, and support their future aspirations. Opportunities include:
  • 16 Advanced Placement courses in six subject areas
  • 2 credit internship program available to qualifying seniors
  • 17 technical programs offered at Parkway West Career & Technical Center
  • 82 electives offered, with courses in every department
  • 5 College in High School courses, in partnership with local universities
Keystone Oaks High School's Student Services Department works closely with students to support their academic, social-emotional, mental health and physical needs. Through the Student Assistance Program, building administrators, school counselors, the school psychologist, and the mental health therapist work to connect students and families with resources in school in the community. The Student Services Department includes:
  • 3 full-time high school counselors, providing a 1:200 counselor to student ratio
  • 1 mental health therapist, available to support students through SAP
  • 8 district and contract employees who provide educational support services
  • 1 transition coordinator, who coordinates transition activities for students with disabilities
Additionally, Keystone Oaks High School proudly offers students a variety of extra-curricular activities, providing them with opportunities to explore interests outside of the classroom, grow and develop leadership skills, and build connections with their peers. Opportunities include:
  • 22 clubs and extra-curricular activities
  • 16 varsity athletic programs
  • 5 music programs: marching band, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, and chorus
  • 2 performance opportunities: Varieties Talent Show and a spring musical

Meet Mr. Michael Linnert

Mike Linnert
Mr. Michael Linnert is the Principal at Keystone Oaks High School. He began working as Keystone Oaks' Assistant High School Principal in November 2018. 
Prior to Keystone Oaks, Mr. Linnert worked as the Assistant Principal at Clairton Middle/High School since 2016 and as the Athletic Director for the same school since 2013. He earned his M.S. in Instructional Leadership / Sports Management from Robert Morris University and his administration credentials from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

Throughout his tenure with the Clairton City School District, Mr. Linnert created a professional learning community that encouraged best teacher practices, student engagement, and effective communication. He also implemented a restorative justice program that focused on building relationships, developing empathy, reducing suspensions and improving instruction.

Meet Mrs. Stephanie Hull

Mrs. Stephanie Hull began working as the Assistant Principal for Keystone Oaks High School in February 2022. 

Prior to joining Keystone Oaks’ administrative team, Mrs. Hull worked as a health and physical education teacher both in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District and, most recently, for the Mt. Lebanon School District. She earned her Bachelor’s in Athletic Training from the University of Pittsburgh,  Masters of Education in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University and her administration credentials from California University of Pennsylvania. 

Throughout her tenure with Mt. Lebanon School District, she focused on developing district initiatives, including social-emotional learning, makerspace education, and wellness. Mrs. Hull has experience with integrating educational technology into curricula to support a variety of student needs and learning styles. Additionally, she has been a leader in incorporating makerspace concepts into various courses and programs.


High School Principal - Mr. Michael Linnert
Assistant High School Principal - Mrs. Stephanie Hull
Secretary - Mrs. Rose Stettler
Attendance Secretary - Ms. Sabrina Amman
High School Office Phone - 412-571-6000, Option #1
Location - The main high school office is located on the ground floor of the high school building, near Central Administration. Upon entering the main office is located immediately to the right. 
Athletic Department
Mr. Mark Elphinstone, Athletic Director

Student Services Department
Jennifer Tom, School Counselor
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Lauryn Greggs, School Counselor
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Nicole Varrenti, School Counselor
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Melissa Benincasa, Mental Health Therapist

Kevin Prince, School Psychologist


Office Hours: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Student Arrival: 7:45 a.m.
Student Dismissal: 2:36 p.m.
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