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West Chester Bayard Rustin High School

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Posted June 13, 2014

To the previous poster, how can you complain about the counselors but then say that your kids got into great schools? At some point they must have received some "guidance" in that department or else they would not have made it that far. My interactions with them have always been pleasant & helpful and I work in the community so I don't even have a child there now. I see Rustin as a great example of combining academics, arts, athletics, and community support. Great staff from top to bottom along with outstanding parent involvement makes Rustin one of the top high schools in PA. Very proud to be a partner with the WCASD!

Posted May 20, 2014

I am the parent of 2 students that graduated in "08 and '11 and I have a senior graduating in a couple of weeks. All 3 of my kids have gone onto (or going onto) great colleges due to the hard work that they accomplished but also the great teachers, coaches and mentors Rustin has afforded my kids. I could not have been happier with the education recevied at Rustin. My one small complaint is (as the previous comment mentioned) the counselors. In terms of helping to direct the kids they were not helpful at all, everything "gone over" in their senior meeting with them only confirmed what they already knew, it was not a true consultation of what they can now do with the success they had achieved. It didn't take long to realize that we would get no direction as to finding a good fit for college, that was all us. But due to the wonderful experience at Rustin as a whole I believe they have been given the tools to succeed at college.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 5, 2013

I am a student at Rustin and think it is a great school. There is a minuscule amount of bullying and all of the teachers seem to actually care about their students. The music and art section of the school is great and so are the sports. The only complaint about the school that I have are the counselors. They seem to not care at all or they just simply don't know what their doing. It takes forever to get courses changed. The only college help they give you is pointing you to a single website that has a database of colleges. Other than that, like I said before, the school is amazing

Posted May 26, 2011

A relatively new High School in a great area. Students generally come from a sound stable economic back ground with a very supportive family structure. The facilities are outstanding. Science, Math and English curriculums are leveled to challenge the most gifted down to grade level. Extra Curricular activities from the Arts to Sports are top shelf. Our oldest daughter excelled and was coveted by numerous top Universities.....Our son has some additional needs and has been given the additional services and support as needed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 15, 2011

I am the parent of a Rustin graduate and a Rustin junior. I have been pleased with the education that Rustin has provided to my kids. They each found quality programs and teachers who could inspire them. The course work is challenging. Many of the teachers seem to care. The facilities (athletic, auditorium, grounds), are amazing (except for the lack of stadium lights). Whether its the championship sports programs, music programs or theater and other programs, I believe most kids have a chance to make a great high school experience at Rustin - and it's free if you pay West Chester Area School District taxes.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 24, 2010

The guidance department at Bayard Rustin is full of ignorant and spineless employees. Students are forced to stay in class levels that are a bad match for them, because guidance knows how to do nothing but "follow the policies". The administration will take the effort to pull students away from classes for violating dresscode with a rip in their jeans but will not take the effort to help students create a personalized and rigorous but not overwhelming schedule. Many of the teachers are intelligent, fair, and accessible, but there are few who play favorites and boost or lower grades depending on personal relations with a student. The level of difficultly and work is not consistent within a course level, and your child may find that they are recieving credit for doing much more work than a student who is taking the same course with a different teacher.

Posted January 2, 2010

We just moved here this 2009 school year my son is a sophmore. I find the staff and teachers are very professional. The teachers work with parents to keep children on task. All departments have been outstanding, I have no complaints at this time. The sports dept is outstanding as well. I feel like we belong here. My son feels the same way.. We are military and move often, so this is very important to us.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 22, 2009

its not horrible but its not great either. this is my 3rd year here and im still not happy with it. the guidance counselours don't always seem to know what they're talking about, no one seems to know whats going on except for the students. and for CAT students, who are only there in the afternoon, its worse because half the time we miss all the assemblies about things students need to know, and the office has trouble telling us where to go if CAT is canceled. the CAT students are better at explaining the schedule than the staff. i was told there were no academic english classes in the afternoon and that i had to have basic or honors yet my friend has academic english 8th period. the school would be better if the staff were all on the same page
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 16, 2009

To:one star parent,Rustin has more that quality academic education and schedules are tricky, you have to call in for changes to it VERY EARLY! Besides don't all schools have that problem? The art program at Rustin is phenomenal! The staff at Rustin is very helpful to the new myself! As a freshman at a giant school like's nice to have helpful people around.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 9, 2009

I think it was very premature of the parent who gave Rustin 1 star to judge the school after it was only opened for 1 year. The AP and honors classes are very challenging and competitive with the most upscale private schools. There are many extra curricular courses offered and as the school continues to grow (2010 will be it's 3rd graduating class) it gets better. Not all teachers are responsive, it doesn't matter what school it is and not all administrators are nice, but judging this school with others, it way above average! Go Golden Knights!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 18, 2008

Who ever gave Rustin a one star and wrote that negative review is just plain crazy. Rustin is one of the best High schools in the tri-state area and one of if not the best looking schools in the country. The administration is excellent, the staff is wonderful and the curriculum is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 9, 2008

Rustin is now only 2 years old and finally will be graduating it's first senior class. As time has evolved, they have been able to offer all of the other course offerings that are available @ their sister schhools in the district. The first class of graduates ( approx 300 ) will be sending a large handful of students to Ivy League schools as well as many other outstanding insitutions as well. The campus is one of the best in the country- bar none, and extracarricular activities are already championship level. This is quiclky becoming the destination of choice for Teachers in the District.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 9, 2007

Rustin does not have the quality academic education. There are not enough classes to accommodate students request for courses. such as Public Speaking. There is one section only, so if your child's schedule does not fit that one class then they cannot have the course. Administrators do not return telephone calls and guidance counselors are inadequate in answering questions about courses and academic planning for Juniors. Art program is seriously lacking in choices with different teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

317 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

316 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

311 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

323 students were tested at this school in 2012.








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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 Students80%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
English language learnersn/a


All Students92%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
English language learnersn/a


All Students62%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learnersn/a


All Students96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)78%
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 84% 71%
Black 7% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 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

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1100 Shiloh Rd
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: (484) 266-4300


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