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West Chester Area School District – The West Chester Area School serves a 75-square-mile suburban, urban and rural area in central Chester County, Pennsylvania known for its many diversified businesses and beautiful historic countryside. The borough of West Chester is the center of the district. The other parts include the surrounding townships of East Bradford, East Goshen, West Goshen, West Whiteland, Westtown, and Thornbury, all in Chester County, are part of the district, as is Thornbury Township in adjacent Delaware County.

The mission of the West Chester Area School District is “to educate and inspire our students to achieve their personal best”.

A $202 million budget for 2011-12 supports close to 12,000 students in 10 elementary schools (kindergarten through grade 5), 3 middle schools (grades 6 through 8), and 3 high schools (grades 9 through 12). The professional staff, headed by Superintendent Dr. James R. Scanlon, numbers over 900. Student achievement is evident by the CollegeBoard SAT scores our students receive which are consistently above state and national averages. In the annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests administered annually to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics and science, students consistently score above state averages with the majority of students scoring advanced.

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Elementary Schools

  • East Bradford Elementary
  • East Goshen Elementary
  • Exton Elementary
  • Fern Hill Elementary
  • Glen Acres Elementary
  • Hillsdale Elementary
  • Mary C. Howse Elementary
  • Penn Wood Elementary
  • Sarah Starkweather Elementary
  • Westtown-Thornbury Elementary

Middle Schools

  • Fugett Middle School
  • Peirce Middle School
  • Stetson Middle School

High Schools

Charter Schools

  • Collegium Charter School, Exton Pennsylvania

1. Townships Information

2. About West Chester – The area was originally known as Turk’s Head, after the Inn of the same name located in what is now the center of the borough.

West Chester is a town that has been the seat of government in Chester County since 1786, although it wasn’t incorporated until 1799. West Chester was settled in the early 18th century, principally by members of the Society of Friends. In the heart of town is its courthouse, a classical revival building designed in the 1840s by Thomas U. Walter, one of the architects for the Capitol in Washington, DC. West Chester today is part of the rapidly growing suburban complex surrounding Philadelphia.

3. About Chester County – Chester County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 498,886, with an estimated population of 500,182 in 2011. The county seat is West Chester. It is the highest-income county in Pennsylvania and 24th highest in the nation as measured by median household income (as of 2010). ]Eastern Chester County is home to many communities that comprise the Main Line western suburbs of Philadelphia, while part of its southernmost portion is considered suburban Wilmington, Delaware, along with southwest Delaware County. Source: Wikipedia

Chester County was one of the three original Pennsylvania counties created by William Penn in 1682. It was named for Chester, England. It is part of the Delaware Valley region and is the only county in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania suburbs that does not border Philadelphia