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Virtuous Academy enrollment triples

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Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 3:21 a.m.

Duquesne's Virtuous Academy opens its sixth year on Wednesday with three times its 2012-13 enrollment.

That's up from five to 16 but still enough for the nondenominational Christian school to increase its teaching staff from two to three.

“He is certified in elementary education for (kindergarten through sixth grade), middle school English and math grades 7-9,” school founder Iyana Tennon said about Carl Sarver of Charleroi.

Sarver, who has a bachelor's degree from Penn State and a master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania, joins Tennon and Victoria Reusch on the faculty.

“We provide a safe environment where the students don't have to worry about being bullied or picked on,” Tennon said on Thursday, a few hours before an orientation night.

The school at One Library Place will have three students in third grade, two in fourth, three in fifth and four each in sixth and seventh grades.

“It is open enrollment, so students can continue to sign up,” Tennon said.

The school has a $5,225 tuition and seeks donations to cover that cost.

“All of my students from last year are returning,” Tennon said. “(Four of five) students I started with (in 2008) are juniors in high school now, in West Mifflin Area and East Allegheny. The oldest student is a senior at East Allegheny.”

If more students sign up, more faculty will be hired, Tennon said.

“I interviewed quite a few other qualified candidates that I would love to work with,” she added.

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Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or

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