School Details

West Chester Henderson High School

400 Montgomery Ave, West Chester, PA 19380
(484) 266-3300

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1282 students 14 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • West Chester Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West Chester Henderson High School is a public high school in Downingtown. The principal of West Chester Henderson High School is Vacant. 1,282 students go to West Chester Henderson High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 7% of the 1,282 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at West Chester Henderson High School is 14:1. Westtown School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 83%
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 7%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Asian 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% %
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Henderson was a great school to prepare you for success in college. The equipment made available to students is exceptional and the teachers are challenging but welcoming.

  • (3 years ago)

    The leadership in this school is top notch and its administrators have implemented a culture that fosters mutual respect between the students and the teachers/admin. Most kids who go to Henderson want to be there -- and it shows in their academics PSSAs athletics and social interactions. It's met and exceeded our expectations on all levels.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great student educational and socialization experience. Proactive staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our son transferred into Henderson this year from a Charter School. My husband myself and our son are thrilled that we made the change. Because our son carried an IEP the school that he came from did not evaluate him correctly and he was not given the credits he needed to graduate with his class. Because of this he has agreed to take a heavy schedule (no lunch) and take classes during the summer to be placed with his graduating class next near. Our son is excited to be at Henderson the teachers have been phenominal in getting him adjusted to a public environment the academics are outstanding and the parental involvement is beyond anything that we've encountered at the other school. Putting your child into a different scholastic environment is challenging but when you get into the right school it is so worth it.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's an alright school... There are too many students that get high and quite honestly get drunk too often though. '( And the teachers aren't so great.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school with great leadership and teacher involvement!

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Overall score

(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


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