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West Philadelphia Catholic High School

Private | 9-12 | 538 students

96% of West CAtholic graduates attend two or four year College

 

Living in Philadelphia

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $45,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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5 stars

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Posted January 9, 2012

West Catholic is a family in the truest sense. There's a sense of comradery in the halls when you can call every student by name. West is an unique school where family is evident at every corner. The teachers are all amazing because they're all willing to push us in the right direction and go the extra mile for us. The school is more than just a building, it's our second home. The friendships made here will last a lifetime and I'd love to stay in touch with my teachers. The city of Philadelphia is lucky to have such a school. I love my West Catholic family with all my heart and i will forever be a Burr.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

I am a junior at west it is a good school with good teachers but the students dont get along there's always a problem especially with the girls
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2008

I am a sophmore at west and we always say west is family. I really feel like were a family here I love my school and we all really tryour best to make west the best
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2008

West rocks! Thanks to the Christian Brothers' Tradition as carried in by the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

I am A freshmen and i love it here. There is a real sense of brothership.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2007

I'm just a sophomore at this school and I know this is one excellent school. this school provides so much more than any other school can. The realistic measures this high school I've experienced will enrich my future. I know that the diversity plays a major role on why this school is an excellent choice. In this school we learn to respect and acknowledge other people's ethnicities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2004

West Catholic is the best High School I could ever enroll my daughter in. West Cathollic has challenged my daughter to succeed and follow her dreams as well as opening a new fond liking of Christ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Being third generation to graduate from the halls of West Catholic, I have found my experiences there not only helpful in further education, but in life in general. The faculty is wonderful and prepare their students for the outside world, while keeping true to Christ's teachings.
—Submitted by a former student


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We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 81% 15%
White 10% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Hispanic 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 12% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 84% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 2% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Penn State
LaSalle Univeraity
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Sr Mary E Bur
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (215) 222-1651

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Music
  • Religious
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Culinary

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • PlayOn{hilly
  • Fox Leadership at Penn
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Drama club
  • World Affairs
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
80
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
200

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Penn State
LaSalle Univeraity
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 12%
4 year college - 84%
Military - 2%
Workforce - 2%
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4501 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19139
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Phone: (215) 386-2244

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