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West Chester East High School

Public | 9-12 | 1364 students


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Posted July 17, 2013

If I had it to do again I would not move into this part of the WCASD. I agree with others that the Principal seems nice but if not effective in leading the administration or motivating teachers to do their jobs. I could write a book about the AD and sports program, avoid at all costs. Some good teachers, but too many who don't try and don't care. Parents do seem supportive and nice kids for the most part... too bad they're not getting a better education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 21, 2011

As an aunt of two girls who attend East, I have learned that there are more lazy teachers than good, that my nieces have one outstanding teacher for all their classes. WHY? Why are not all teachers excellent instructors? I have heard all about the drugs and sex that are prevalent in this school. I have heard about the rotten school spirit, the losing sports teams, the terrible teachers who are hired as 'coaches" And when I suggested they go to their counselors, they laughed and said how the counselors are useless. What is the principal doing? Friendly enough, but that is not working. He is leading Camp Runamuck! most distressing-

Posted October 31, 2010

oh what a dilemma! we moved our daughters here after 8 years in Catholic school. They have been stagnant academically and turned off by about 1/3 of their teachers. There are a few young, and engaging teachersbut not enough. Those who have been at East too long ( principals and asst principals) are just biding their time, and the principal does nada- does not require any change in curriculum, or presentation. The guidance department is awful, disorganized and helpless. So, is this laissez faire or just LAZY FARE education? Time to return to "education" with value. Superintendent is tending less than super schools, but carefully minding the teachers union. NB 30% of parents are involved. Not the same kind of involvement that was at Catholic schools, or even neighboring public high schools- Rustin or Henderson.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2010

My children have had a great experience at East. The principal rules with a firm hand, is tough on drugs, alcohol and other issues and has the respect of parents & students. The teachers run the gamut, like anywhere - a good life lesson for my kids. The parents are really involved whether with sports boosters, band or general enrichment activities. I highly recommend East.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2010

I moved to East from a private school with much trepidation. I have found East to offer a wider variety of classes than I experienced before and the support for children with learning challenges or special interests (of which I have both) is great. Best of all, the parent community is involved and informative - trying hard to address the many questions we have.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 20, 2010

We recently made that switch from Private school to East and are very happy. I feel that my child is receiving an even better education in this public school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 15, 2010

Move out of the district! FAST! Principal is ineffective, nice on surface, but he runs, the good ole boys club,: competency is adequate performance. Literacy levels well below ( 2-4years) grade level and considered A OK! Guidance dept is miserable, Head of guidance never repsonds to calls or emails. 1. incompentent teachers far outweigh effective ones. And those effective ones are far too concerned with job security than doing what is right for the students. 2. Special education is sub par, S E teachers cannot write or manage legal, fair or effective IEP's. Due 3. females with abilities in math and science are not encouraged, because the tenured lazy teachers do nothing to excite or engage these kids. This middle income school cannot win until the leadership takes a forthright stand for the students education! Apalling, discouraging. Let your tax dollars work in another
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2010

Here is a school with great potential, in an excellent school district, but is let down by poor administration and a bureaucratic mindset. The principal doesn't appear to be the brightest bulb on the tree and discipline is driven by apathy -- that is, no one seems to generate enough energy to do anything outrageous. It is cliquish and for the rest, it seems possible to spend an entire 4 years there and not being affected a tiny bit. So in the spirit of things, some grades: WCASD Admin: B East HS admin- Principal: F VPs C+, Counseling B-, Teachers: B, Staff: B+, Sports: C, Clubs and activities: A- , Special Events: Incomplete (can't even pull off a dance!) Overall: C+
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 23, 2009

May have been an impressive high school once but now below par on all levels -- academic, athletics, testing (PSSA scores have been on a downward spiral since 2004 across the board), extra-curricular activities. Weak leadership at the top including principals and assistant principals with limited mutual respect between the administration/teachers and the students. School culture is not 'academic' but more 'apathetic' with no real solutions to fix it. Parental involvement focuses on fund-raising and proms/dances, with real fear of retribution stifling input to encourage change. Look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 8, 2009

Excellent academics, although courses are dropped periodically and school does not have a smooth structure to its foreign language program. IMO, its top administrator demonstrates weak leadership qualities, yet, the teaching staff is very strong. It has a conformist mentality, so students expecting a cutting-edge experience, this is not the place for you. However, if you expect a 'High School Musical' middle-of-the-road environment, than this is as good a place as any. There are excellent club programs, with some better supervised than others, and the school does a nice job of preparing students for college. Communication is not this organization's strong suit. There is no transportation for after school events, so working parents need to make arrangements if their children are active in after-school activities. Staff members are friendly and helpful, and while the school district office is well run, it is transitioning to a new superintendent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2008

Great school with lots to offer...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 23, 2008

Great school with great teachers...That is all that is needed to describe this school
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 9, 2006

The academic programs are average but the avaialability of extracurricular activities is extensive. The parents that are involved are very supportive for their children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 2005

Very good academic programs and extra curricular activities
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 23, 2005

I love this school so much. I mean some of the teachers are tough, but of course it helps you learn. I think East is better than all the surrounding schools and every parent should send their child there.
—Submitted by a student

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

330 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

325 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

320 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

334 students were tested at this school in 2012.








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


All Students69%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learnersn/a


All Students77%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
English language learnersn/a


All Students53%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a


All Students89%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
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 83% 71%
Black 8% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Hispanic 5% 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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450 Ellis Ln
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: (484) 266-3800


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