The West Chester Area School District covers a 75-square-mile suburban, urban and rural area in central Chester County.
The mission of the West Chester Area School District is to educate and inspire our students to achieve their personal best.
THE DISTRICT SERVES a 75-square-mile suburban, urban and rural area in central Chester County. West Chester Borough is the hub of the district. The surrounding townships of East Bradford, East Goshen, West Goshen, West Whiteland, Westtown, and Thornbury, all in Chester County, are part of the district, as is Thornbury Township in adjacent Delaware County.
THE PROFESSIONAL STAFFnumbers over 900. Sixty-four percent have at least master’s degrees. Teachers, librarians, reading specialists, guidance counselors, nurses, psychologists, and specialists in art, music and physical education comprise the instructional staff. In addition, an administrative staff serves both in the schools and on the Central Office level.
THE STUDENT BODY has an ethnic distribution of 84.5% Caucasian, 7.4% African-American, 3.4% Hispanic, 4.6% Asian, and 0.1% Native American. The district strives for diversity at each school.
COLLEGE BOARD SCORES are consistently above state and national averages. In standardized tests, administered annually in grades 4, 7, and 10, students score above national norms in reading and mathematics. The majority of students also score in the advanced or proficient categories in the annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, which tests reading and mathematics skills in grades 3, 5, 8, and 11, and writing skills in grades 6, 9, and 11. Up to 90% of our graduates seek higher education, and our dropout rate is less than 2%.
BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL Awards have been presented by the U.S. Department of Education to East and Henderson High Schools, Fugett Middle School, and Hillsdale, Mary C. Howse, and Sarah Starkweather Elementary Schools. Mary C. Howse received the award three times, and East High School received it twice.
CURRICULUM IN ALL SUBJECT AREAS is reviewed on a regular basis. Curriculum development is coordinated from kindergarten through grade 12 to ensure continuity across schools and grades. District tests, developed by the staff, measure how well the curriculum is mastered.
GIFTED PROGRAMS are provided for those who possess outstanding intellectual and creative abilities as defined by state mandates. Gifted elementary and middle school students experience both acceleration and enrichment in their home schools. Gifted high school students may conduct independent research projects and enroll in Advanced Placement courses in English, government and history, calculus, physics, and chemistry.
SPECIAL EDUCATION programs are provided for all exceptionalities through district-run classes, private programs, and programs of the Chester County Intermediate Unit.
AN EXTENDED DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM for at-risk learners is available to students c