Your 2023 Back-To-School Guide for the South Hills of Pittsburgh

Kids are heading back to school soon! Here's everything you need to know.

By Emily Papa, Macaroni KID South Hills Publisher August 7, 2023

Hard to believe, but the first day of school for kids in the South Hills of Pittsburgh is coming up FAST! Looking for school calendars in your neighborhood? Fun back to school events in Pittsburgh? Where to get your kid's back to school haircut or go back-to-school shopping in the South Hills? We have it all, plus advice and tips for dealing with that first day anxiety, printables to make those first day pics special, and even ideas on what to pack for lunch! Check it all out here!

MacaroniKID South Hills is a free community resource thanks to the support of our sponsors. 
We'd like to thank The Waterfront for sponsoring this guide. 

Local businesses looking to be listed in our Back-to-School Guide should email

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School calendars for South Hills School Districts

Bethel Park School District
First day for Bethel Park: Thursday, August 24th

Brentwood Borough School District
First day for Brentwood: Monday, August 28th

Chartiers Valley
First day for Chartiers Valley: Wednesday, August 30th

Keystone Oaks
First day for Keystone Oaks: Thursday, August 24th

West Jefferson Hills
First day for West Jefferson Hills: Monday, August 28th

West Mifflin Area
First day for West Mifflin: Wednesday, August 23rd

Mt. Lebanon
First day for Mt. Lebo: Monday, August 28th (grades 1-12)

Upper St. Clair
First day for USC: Wednesday, August 23rd

South Park
First day for South Park: Thursday, August 24th

Pittsburgh Public
First day for Pittsburgh Public: Monday, August 28th, Kindergarten August 31st

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Back-to-school events in the South Hills of Pittsburgh

8/19 🚌 Back-to-School Blessing
8/19 🚌 Back to School Bash @ New Life Fellowship
8/20 🚌 Back to School with Captain America

Know of a community back to school event in the South Hills we're missing? Add it to our Macaroni Kid South Hills calendar now!

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Back-to-school Haircuts & Salon Services in the South Hills

Looking for a great spot for a back to school haircut or nails? Here are a few of our favorite places to take our kids for hair cuts and salon serives in the South Hills before heading back to school!

Back to school styles! Make your appointment today! 
Go back to school with a new do. Book your back to school cut. Get a bold chop or simple trim! Try our hair services, waxing and brows, make up and lashes, and skin services. And NEW ear piercing! We've got you covered for your fall refresh. Make your appointment now at Ulta at The Waterfront.

A New Kind of Nail Studio for your Back-to-School nails at Frenchies
Schedule today to tour our fun, clean space, meet our friendly team of talented professionals, and see what a not-so-typical nail care experience is all about. You can browse our menu of services online. You’re gonna love it!

Love your Lashes
Get your teenagers lash ready to start the school year at the Lash Lounge South Hills! Better yet, mom's book your appointment for when the kids go back to school because you deserve the pampering too!

Styled with Grace
1045 PA 519 | Eighty Four

Chip's Chop Shop
4136 Library Road | Castle Shannon

Pirate's & Princess's Kidz Hair Salon
4705 Library Road | Bethel Park

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids
4149 Washington Road | McMurray

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Back-to-school shopping in the South Hills

Take care of all your back-to-school shopping needs in one stop when you shop at The Waterfront. Take advantage of these amazing back-to-school deals and don't forget to save any receipts from August 4-13 to earn a $25 DSW gift card!

Ace your school fashion with Old Navy. Find tops from $5, dresses from $10, and jeans from just $15 at Old Navy. Get the trends that have them obsessed (for less). Head over to Old Navy at The Waterfront to fill your wardrobe for the new school year!

Shop back-to-school supplies for everyone in the house at Michaels in the Waterfront. Did you know that teachers enjoy a 15% discount at Michaels year round? Find classroom storage, organizers and decor, plus planners, posters, awards, and arts and craft supplies. Show your valid educator ID to get your discount! Don't forget to share the discount love with your teacher friends!

LOFT at The Waterfront loves teachers! Discounts available through August 20. Teachers find the styles you love for less at the loft! Find everything you need for a comfortable and successful school year. Plus, teachers get an extra 15% off for a limited time on top of our other offers!

It's time to get the kiddos ready for the upcoming school year. Join us for a day of supporting small businesses as you do your back to school shopping. Shop local vendors, vendor giveaways, grand prize raffle drawing, face painting for the kiddos, and more. The first 100 shoppers get a free back to school goodie bag with school supplies courtesy of our amazing vendors.

There's the big box stores, of course, but you can also support locally-owned businesses when doing your back to school shopping! Here are some of our favorite places for shopping for school supplies and clothes in the South Hills of Pittsburgh that are locally owned:

The Has Bin
4734 Library Road

Just Between Friends Pop Up
South Hills
September 7-10, 2023

Little Blessings Dressings Pop Up
Washington PA
September 14-16, 2023

Once Upon a Child
Robinson | MonroevilleNorth Hills

Have a favorite locally owned spot for back-to-school shopping you don't see listed here? Email and we'll get it added!

More Back-to-School Fun & Resources in Pittsburgh

Check out this children's books series written by a local South Hills mama that includes a wonderful book for kids starting school titled "Off to School with Keena and Kylee." This book features the two main characters as they get ready and head to school for the day. The book takes you with the furry students as they learn different subjects in class and enjoy time with their teacher and peers. They end their day by saying goodbye to their friends until the next time they see them in school. This is such a fun read, with clever rhymes, and adorable illustrations! This is an absolute must read for preschoolers about to enter Kindergarten. This book will excite and prepare them for their school year ahead! Teachers and caregivers will easily be able to implement this book into their lessons and story time. Order your book here!

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More tips to make this school year in the South Hills a great one:

3 Tips to Get Your Kids Clothing Organized for Back-to-School
3 Tips to Get Your Kids Clothing Organized for Back-to-School

No More Lost & Found: Kiddo Tags Make For A Hassle-Free School YearNo More Lost & Found: Kiddo Tags Make For A Hassle-Free School Year

FREE printables to make those first day of school pictures extra special!

5 Teacher-Approved Tips to Make Back-to-School Time Great

Foods that Make the Grade: Bento Box School Lunch Ideas
School Bus Sensory Craft
School Bus Sensory Craft 

Time Management 101
Time Management 101