The West Chester School District is made up of 10 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 3 high schools. The district covers a 75 square mile area in the center of Chester County, and has a student body of nearly 11,600, which is made up of 79.8% white, 7.3% Asian, 6.2% Hispanic, 5.5% African American, and 1.2% multiracial ethnicities, creating diversity throughout the school system.
The schools in the West Chester School District provide educational options for students and families in East and West Goshen, Westtown, East Bradford, West Whiteland, Thornbury and West Chester Borough. The district includes:
Mary C. Howse
The West Chester School District attempts to keep the number of students in each school as equal as possible, with a focus on making sure elementary schools do not go over 600 students, middle schools over 1,000, and high schools over 1,350 students.
The students’ progress in each school is carefully monitored with Pennsylvania Keystone exams and the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, as well as district-based testing. A majority of students throughout the school system achieve scores higher than state averages, with numerous students reaching advanced level scores. Among the high schools, over 90% of graduating students go on to college.
In 2014, 10 of the West Chester schools received Governor’s School of Excellence awards due to receiving School Performance Profiles with scores over 90%.
In addition to the required academic courses, West Chester School District also offers special education programs, individualized gifted programs, and extended kindergarten day programs. Students can begin taking language courses in seventh grade for select students, or eighth grade for all others. High school students can take classes in foreign languages, art, consumer sciences, music, distributive education, family sciences, business, and other specialized courses.
The West Chester School District also places emphasis on the use of technology and Internet-based modalities throughout all schools to provide enhanced learning opportunities.
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