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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Henderson High School is a highly rated, public school located in West Chester, PA. It has 1,296 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

Henderson High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1220
442 responses
Average ACT
28
105 responses
AP Enrollment
41%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$100,045
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,376
National
$949
Median Home Value
$378,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 62 responses
  • Pep Rally during Homecoming week
    23%
  • Homecoming, Homecoming Court & Spirit Week
    18%
  • Mr. Henderson
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    13%
  • Prom Showcase
    11%
  • Spring Sing- A Cappella
    6%
  • Senior art show
    5%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,296
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,187
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.1%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
81%
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
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$20,535/ year
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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Henderson High School Reviews

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Many of the previous reviews of Henderson are glowing. I can't seem to wrap my head around this fact. If you aren't talented in athletics or music, good luck getting involved here and finding friends. As someone who originally isn't from West Chester, the student body is less than welcoming. Most of these students have known each other since kindergarten, practically their entire lives. Arriving as a freshman at Henderson was an alienating experience. If you don't know anyone, you shouldn't plan on knowing anyone. Many of the students in their tight-knit circles don't care to socialize with anyone but those they already are familiar with. Academically, Henderson is mediocre. Many of the math teachers are less than stellar at explaining concepts, and the science department is also lacking. Electives for students are slim and cater to students with musical and art interests. As a senior looking back on my time at Henderson, I wish I had the opportunity to attend a different school.
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Henderson challenges students to get them to reach their full potential. After relocating to Pennsylvania, I entered my sophomore year thinking it would be difficult to make friends since people already had friend groups from the previous year. But many students were very welcoming. The counselors and administrators helped me find people and clubs that fostered getting to know others. Teachers get students the help they need. If you ask, they will do their best to help you. Everyone's experience is different in terms of grades and college readiness, but overall, alumni have said that Henderson prepared them well. Diversity is definitely an issue for me, but I don’t believe it’s the school’s fault. We have clubs like the Jewish Student Union and Black Student Union, however I still feel underrepresented in many ways and faced or witnessed many racial injustices. The staff work hard to avoid this from happening and support minority students.
I have enjoyed my time at Henderson High School, and I have been appropriately challenged with Accelerated Honors and AP courses. Henderson boasts a great music program, with large student involvement, wonderful directors, and talent. Also, many sports team rank high in PIAA championships. There are numerous opportunities for involvement with clubs and extracurricular activities, including many community service organizations like the Andrew L Hicks, Jr. Foundation, which helps support and mentor children in the city of Chester. All around, a great school.