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Central Bucks High School-West

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Posted August 4, 2013

Good school. Teachers who care about students. Town school is fun to live to love
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

After reading the previous review, I can not agree more. This school district has been over rated for many years and we are now in a huge down slide. The board does NOT have concerns for the students. There is no diversity, every child must fit into CB's box. This is the 21st century and universities are looking for students that are well rounded, Not ones that have been trained to take a test........be like every other student out there. The board is so concerned about " CB leading the way", that they are in the process of trying to remove the computer programing classes from middle school. I shall say no more because the actions of the school board and superintendent say it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2011

There is much hype in the Central Bucks School District as to the caliber of the teaching staff and curriculum. My experience as a parent two graduates, both high achievers, is that most of this is rumor and not reality based. Far too many of the teachers are young and inexperienced, almost entirely drawn from Penn State and other local universities. There is virtually no cultural or racial diversity in the faculty or student body and entirely too much attention and too many resources devoted to athletic competition. I have lived in Bucks County for 25 years and believe that at one time this district held a position of some importance academically but I believe those days are long gone, most probably due to the administrative practice of pandering to overindulgent parents. My advice would be to find a more diverse learning environment with a broader curriculum and more experienced faculty if you want your child to be adequately prepared for higher learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

A top school with so much knowledge to offer. I attended CB West back in 05-08' and after seeing how much I've learned compared to my colleagues, I know I got a great education at a CB School! From the excellent teachers and strong support staff, this is a great school and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a High School in Doylestown!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 24, 2010

Moved from Philadelphia. Couldn't afford private schools so moved to where the public school system actually works. You can write off the taxes but not private school tuition. Lots of jocks here if your into sports. If you want to actually be educated you can obtain an excellent education here. No crime in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

i am going to west next year and based on what I'ver herad from teachers and seen at the school I can say that I am going to have the best years of my life in this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2010

I am a junior now at West and I'd say it is one of the best schools in PA. The teachers are exceptional and I have learned so much here. The sports are very competitive, as are the academics so you have to work hard but the education is worth it. My whole family has gone through this school and I'm looking forward to when my little sister comes. The only thing I would say is that it is in Doylestown, which is the most boring town. If you are planning to move here, know that you will be satisfied with the schools (all of them) but most of the people are very conservative, which shows through in the schools atmosphere. Anyway, if you want to be more than ready for college, go to West.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 28, 2007

Although my education was first-rate, in the real world there is much more diversity than this HS and I look back and see that I was too sheltered in this environment.


Posted February 20, 2007

We sent 5 kids to CB West. Each kid found their own 'niche.' The teachers were outstanding. Central Bucks is one of the best school districts in PA. We feel fortunate to live in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2006

The Central Bucks school district is considered to be one of the top in PA. I thought it was just an ok experience for my daughter. The schools place great importance on the top students as well as the underachievers, leaving the vast majority of students in the dust. As with most schools around the country, most teachers seem to love what they are doing. A few should just retire already.There are many programs offered, but most of them are highly competitive and only available to a select few. Most parent involvement is in the area of sports and band.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

Lots of opportunity at this school. Situated in a nice town where students can walk to shops and restaurants. Very safe, nothing EVER happens in Doylestown. Good sports programs. Constructive criticism for the school: sometimes it seemed like those who needed the most attention fell through the cracks, but this probably happens at many schools. Outstanding teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 11, 2004

I graduated from West in 2001. The education was better then at the college I went to. The teachers get on your case if you are not reaching your full potential and start calling parents if you get less then a C. The school was a bit overcrowded when I went there, but they built a third high school which will open in the fall of 2004. The principle went to the new high school, so there might be changes at West.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

432 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

432 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

432 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

437 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
98%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female67%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian70%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)88%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Doylestown, PA 18901
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