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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    NG
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Sports
    B+
Bishop Shanahan High School is a highly rated, private, Catholic school located in Downingtown, PA. It has 1,130 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. Tuition is $8,600 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
220 Woodbine Rd
Downingtown, PA 19335
Telephone
(610) 518-1300

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$8,600
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid

Bishop Shanahan High School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1220
434 responses
Average ACT
28
51 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 68 responses
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  • Homecoming rally
    22%
  • Class events (i.e. Junior week)
    19%
  • Productions and concerts
    18%
  • Football games
    13%
  • Holiday Masses
    7%
  • Halloween
    6%
  • Senior privilege of sitting outside
    6%

Students

Diversity
NG
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,130
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Poll
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
Poll
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
Poll
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$62,463
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,086
National
$949
Median Home Value
$222,000
National
$184,700
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Students from bshs rank significantly higher in standardized testing + do well in college, but thats because they‘re in competition. Students are put against each other in an academic competition where the goal of doing well against others is put above doing well for yourself. There is HEAVY favoritism among students. You have to establish a name for yourself the second you walk in if you want opportunities. There is a lot of power in a name, and a lot of class selection can be perceived as bias or rigged. Some teachers will chew you up and spit you out, so it can be difficult to form a relationship with teachers. There are some great teachers among the mix, but as an underclassman, getting them is luck of the draw. BSHS will 100% get you into more colleges, but if money is an issue, $10k a year isn’t worth a “luck of the draw” experience.
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I would consider my overall experience at Bishop Shanahan average: not necessarily great, but not necessarily horrible either. A few of the things I liked about it were the quality and cleanliness of the school building, the class materials provided, the revamped weight room and football field, the fact that it was Catholic, the cafeteria food, and the tutoring that was available. Some of the things I would like to see changed there include the rude and hostile attitude of a lot of the teachers, the fact that a failing grade is considered less than 70% rather than 60% like in most schools, the overly strict disciplinary rules, the lack of diversity, and the rich, snooty atmosphere created by many students.
For the tuition, Bishop Shanahan is a good school if you are already placed into honors. I can’t speak for those in CP, but from what I hear it is hard to track up or enroll in classes you like because of your rank. However, my personal experience has been what I consider a standard experience. Decent people, decent classes, and a lot of fun clubs to try out. However, as a Catholic school it is almost entirely a white student body, so if you’re a person of color it may be difficult to find other diverse people to hang out with (unless you’re Filipino, there’s a lot of us here too).