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Erie, PA
Students enrolled: 1,200

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3580 W 38th St
Erie, PA 16506

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(814) 835-5403
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September 26, 2012
Overall a pretty great high school. I do feel as if more support for out of state transfer and ethnic students could be present. Especially at this crucial time period in an adolescents' life, school support is a key ingredient to a successful outcome. Being told by a trusted educator that you'll never amount to anything, makes me laugh now considering I am a Child Psychologist present day. It was not so funny at the time trying to adjust to new surroundings and find my way. More support and empathy is fundamental.

- submitted by a community member

September 22, 2012
I went to McDowell intermediate and Sr. from 84-to 88 it was a great school to go to but now they are going take both school together so that is going to put about 2,500 to 3,000 students in one school i feel that its going to be to many for one school you are going to have problems in that one school (more students more problems)

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November 25, 2011
Best school eva!!!!!!! great school because of band, football, and basketball come on trojans you can do it! but it is a rich kid school

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2011
I am currently a student at mcdowell. parents there is ALOT of drama there and bullying. partly because there are rich kids and there are diffrent cliques.some students have switched schools . i may also wanna switch in the long run.its a huge school and it gets confusing to move around. some teachers are irresponsible. a student can easily go to Cofair and noone knows when they get back. it gets hard. on the bright side some teachers do care and some students are nice. disciplane is taken but not too often but when it is it can be harsh(example a cell phone can lead to 3 hours of saturday detention) stick to private tho for better equality .

- submitted by a student

November 24, 2010
This is a rich kids school. Students getting plastic surgery in the 10th grade. Very hard to fit in if you are poor or if you don't look the part. Very cliquey.

- submitted by a community member

February 14, 2010
We moved from MI to PA when my daughter was in 11th grade from a similar size school. McDowell was 1 yr behind academically & my daughter was an honor student that the school would NOT put her in their honors program b/c they had NO space available. They had her repeating classes in an AP level. They gave NO value add of offering my daughter to attend classes at the local Univesity as I did not ask b/c they did not offer?! They also could not accommodate her in the SAT course offered during school and told us to register for the weekend class that they cancelled 2 times so I had to pay the local University $265 to attend the class. We pay $4200 a year in school taxes and would expect much more from the school than what they delivered. The school offers a complacent. GO PRIVATE!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2010
It's a really big school. Known more for their athletics than academia. Many kids can't handle the size. Rich kid school.

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January 10, 2010
Excellent school. I'm an alumni of McDowell and for a school and graduating class as large as it was, the education was beyond excellent. I didn't feel like I was 'lost in the crowd'.

- submitted by a community member
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July 17, 2009
McDowell is a school of extremes and of cliques. Like any Suburban school, parents generally complain and hurt how the school operates. However, there are teachers that create a great learning environment if you are lucky. Unfortunately, those are only some of many teachers there. In the end, a child's entire future there lands entirely up to chance based on their schedule of teachers and how easily they dissolve into the cliques. Good night and good luck!

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 22, 2008
McDowell HS is a very good school to attend, they have excellent programs for bright students. Most of the teachers are excellent as well, however some should never have been hired, they do not teach well, and do not have control over their students. The school also cares more about their image rather than their students success and safety. The board and adminstration of the school needs improvement as well. Many students also seem to not care about their classes and that posses a problem for students who actually care to learn also, and they get away with it. Teachers need to be more strict with the students

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2007
The school cares more about the image it portrays then the care of their students. Unless students go out of their way to make a good impression for the school, they are left in the dust. Too many students have fallen in the cracks. Most teachers are excellent. Extracurricular activities are very good also.

- submitted by a student

May 29, 2007
I believe that McDowell is a great school to go to. The teachers are always there to help the students when they need it. There are teachers who stay after school for tutoring in the different subjects. The teachers and staff are of great help to the student. They strive for the student to excel in all the subject the student is currently taking. The teachers notify the parents of any bad grades through mid-quarters, and phone calls home. Even though the classrooms might be a little over filled, the teachers still manage to keep their students under control. Towards the end of the year your child will say, 'this teacher helped me and I thank her/him.' They will always have a teacher to ask questions for them. They will have teacher friends.

- submitted by a student

December 01, 2006
McDowell High School is full of drama. The Superintendant is not as supportive as he lets you believe. Teachers in the wrong are never wrong and students are always in the wrong. In my opinion don't send them to McDowell High School until we get better teachers and administators!

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2006
McDowell offers a great variety of advanced placement classes and now includes an exceptional theater concentration. While some departments far exceed others, students are generally happy with the quality of instruction and th involvement of faculty in student organizations.

- submitted by a student

April 10, 2005
McDowell is a good high school with a presence of political influence. It seems that your either in the in or your left out in right field. Students are generally decent in nature but are klicky. As for the teaching staff they are as good as they get but the overall administration leaves something to be desired.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2004
Extracurriculars are great but education for high-end students is stunted. Lots of marketing and hype with no substance behind it. Given the choice again, I would not send my 'gifted' child here.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2003
I think one of McDowell's strongest qualities are the number of sports and extracurricular activities available to students. Just about every possible interest is covered, from ROTC (army/navy/marines) to art to TV production.

- submitted by a student
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McDowell Senior High School
3580 W 38th St, Erie, PA  16506
(814) 835-5403
Last modified McDowell Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 11-12
McDowell Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top