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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Downingtown High School West is a highly rated, public school located in Downingtown, PA. It has 1,482 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 88% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
Address
445 Manor Ave
Downingtown, PA 19335
Telephone
(610) 269-4400

Downingtown High School West Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
88%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1170
278 responses
Average ACT
26
47 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$62,463
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,086
National
$949
Median Home Value
$222,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Football games
    17%
  • Prom
    15%
  • Sports Events
    15%
  • The musical.
    13%
  • Powderpuff
    11%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • The plays
    6%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,482
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,194
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.8%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.26 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$16,603/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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Downingtown High School West Reviews

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Downingtown West High School is a very wonderful school. It gives students so many opportunities. Aside from the core classes, students can take electives such as cooking, sewing, dance, and even learning to manage money! This school teaches languages such as French, German, and Spanish, but also includes Latin and Japanese! The academic emotional support is also admirable, with teachers and counselors who are willing to help you excel in your high school years. There is a room that gives you important resources you may need outside of school, such as internship and job applications. This school also supports harmony and friendship; I once heard that it is famous for being "clique-free". We work to bring others up and stop problems before they start. Going to this school was a fulfilling experience for me.
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I enjoyed my time at Downingtown West High School because of how inclusive the entire school was. Every student was given the opportunity to succeed, participate in activities they enjoyed as well as various clubs. The teachers prepare you for college through the technology colleges use, the way classes are held, and expectations students are given. If any student is struggling they are there to help the student understand the topic through various approaches. There slogan stands true, "No Student left Behind."
I love Downingtown West and am so lucky to be a student there. They have amazing opportunities and resources available to all students. We have educational assemblies, field trips, great sports teams, amazing extra curricular activities, great facilities, and plenty of college preparation. Not many schools have all of these opportunities and those aren't even all of the things available for students. I feel that I thrived here and anyone who comes into this school has every opportunity in the world to thrive and improve their skills no matter what type of student they are.