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  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
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Downingtown High School West is a highly rated, public school located in Downingtown, PA. It has 1,646 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 83% of students are at least proficient in math and 86% in reading.

Downingtown High School West Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
83%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1180
373 responses
Average ACT
27
62 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$61,417
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,123
National
$949
Median Home Value
$227,000
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 57 responses
  • Prom
    16%
  • Football games
    16%
  • The musical.
    14%
  • Sports Events
    14%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • Powderpuff
    9%
  • The plays
    9%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,646
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,666
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.8%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 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
$16,571/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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This school has all the resources you need to be successful. The environment is so welcoming and all the teachers are just fantastic and so good at their jobs! You have all the classes you could ever possibly need, and with their extracurricular programs and partnership with the technical college, you are sure to have the best high school experience here.
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I had an okay experience at Downingtown West. I liked that MOST teachers genuinely cared about your feelings, would be understanding, and help work through obstacles with you. However, some forget that students have extracurriculars, jobs, and other classes to complete work for. The sports teams are cared for deeply, and one can observe most of the money goes to them rather than repairing several broken things throughout the school. A lot of things could be fixed but the money is budgeted elsewhere. The art program has an amazing teacher who makes sure that students in that field get recognition they deserve. Overall good school but several things that could be improved.
Downingtown West is a well-rounded school academically. The staff are very friendly overall, and I have never had personal issues with any teacher in my four years there. They provide rigorous course loads for those who wish to pursue them and are helpful in the process leading up to college. They have a helpful set of guidance counselors, who make the college process much easier than it would be otherwise, and who also are accommodating to students before this point. The school's mental health specialist could be more effective in working with students personally, but this is a minor issue overall. The athletic and scholarly extra-curricular activities are well regulated overall, and most coaches are very professional.