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West Chester, PA
Students enrolled: 1,364

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450 Ellis Ln
West Chester, PA 19380

(484) 266-3800
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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

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-

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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

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

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

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

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

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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+

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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

June 08, 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.

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October 10, 2008
Great school with lots to offer...

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May 23, 2008
Great school with great teachers...That is all that is needed to describe this school

- submitted by a student

May 09, 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

October 07, 2005
Very good academic programs and extra curricular activities

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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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West Chester East High School
450 Ellis Ln, West Chester, PA  19380
(484) 266-3800
Last modified West Chester East High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Chester East High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top