School Details

West Middlesex Area High School

3591 Sharon Rd, West Middlesex, PA 16159
(724) 634-3030

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 355 students 15 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 Middlesex Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West Middlesex Area High School is a public high school in West Middlesex. The principal of West Middlesex Area High School is Mr Larry Ellison. 355 students attend West Middlesex Area High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 28% of the 355 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at West Middlesex Area High School is 15:1. Farrell Area High School/Upper Middle School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 97% 96%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Asian 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 1%
Hispanic 0.3% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I'm a former student who went to school in west Middlesex all my life. The school certainly has it's problems The comically inept school board the feudal-like power that comes with the correct surnames and the typical small town emphasis on sports. That being said it has many upsides. Most of the faculty seem to genuinely care about your success (aside from special education dept. they're all jokes and deserve an eternity in hell for how they make fun students). The small class sizes means you can know your teachers and are capable of joining any sports team you want (though play time is no guarantee). The current cross country coach Bob Morris is one of the greatest coaches and mentors a student could ask for. It's also a very safe environment and people are generally accepted by their peers because the small size doesn't allow for the cliques found in other schools

  • (3 years ago)

    You make a name for yourself at this school as you do anywhere else. There are some parents in high places that believe their kid is the best as do most parents. Still in the end the best come out ahead. You get out what you put in same goes for academics. College was a breeze after high school; all subjects. Would not have gone anywhere else. As for new students and parents be a benefit to the area and not a burden and you'll fit in just fine.

  • (4 years ago)

    After being in mercer county for years I am still not accepted to this school. You are only someone if your last name is Mild Barris or Palmer. But only if you are some sport god this school will care about you. If you do not have a special last name you are cracked down upon. If you were a dress a centimeter too short you must change although the girls who wear dresses up way too high are admired. Academics comes second to extra circular activities.

  • (5 years ago)

    Shouldn't the students who follow the rules and take school seriously be the one's who are rewarded? I thought we were teaching our students to be caring responsible adults.

  • (5 years ago)

    This district plays favorites. Any student who is well-behaved attends school regularly gives his best effort and shows respect to others is treated as a favorite. The young staff and administration is welcoming of new students and families while at the same time holding strong to the small town values of WM. However is should be known that a certain level of assimilation to the small town values is expected much like the rest of the world. After returning from being gone for 10 years I was happy to find WMHS to be essentially what I had left..a solid education system where individuals are held accountable and the students and their families have the support of the community.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a graduate of West Middlesex I have found that the school did not prepare me sufficiently for upper level education. The English department is very strong and has been helpful throughout college however the math history and science department are only adequate. Some teachers and administration not all are there to put their time in and leave for the day with no concern for the students. Extracurricular activities mostly sports revolve around an individual's last name and unless the student excels at the activity most outsiders are not welcome. It seems like the school board and some parents in the community try to make a difference and better the school but some administrators are power hungry and don't allow this to happen.

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall atmosphere in this district is good for the students. The facilities are newer and refreshingly most of the staff is now too. Sadly after reflection I agree with an earlier comment. If you are an outsider coming in this district is not warm and welcoming. The administrators/ board members have no time or plan to welcome or ease the transition. The parents and students can be territorial and unforgiving. Start your kids here fresh and your good to go but I would never consider transferring a child in. Pssa's are stressed too much. This is done so that the school can receive as much funding as possible. The school pressures these children too much for their benefit in regards to these tests. Teach! not cram ! the past few years the pssa's have created an abundance of undue stress on the children.

  • (9 years ago)

    The schoolboard needs to let the administration do its job. The teachers are adequate and the environment is excellent.

  • (9 years ago)

    A message about the pristeejus..err prestigious WMHS it isn't that prestigious! As a student there I can attest to the dismal PSSA scores severely limited curriculum and shoddy facilities. What the school does boast are stellar English and History departments and teachers-possibly to counteract the deplorable math department (where you'll be hardpressed to find a teacher who can sufficiently perform their job). Most extra-curricular activities (especially sports) are dictated by last name and connections so 'outsiders' beware-your not wanted nor welcome. My advice? It isn't a good place. Look elsewhere for your child's educational needs...I know I wish my parents did

  • (9 years ago)

    I feel that the students should have more focus on them instead of the focus being on what the teachers and or administrators are making. Plus the school board needs to be open to more people to sit on it and also needs to be looked at with an open mind. The school just had a face lift and the middle school went thought a major rebuild so I hope the 2005-2006 school year will bring new results. If not then I will look into the school board and see about getting a seat on it and shke things up. thank you.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great school district. They have great activities and are very involved in community activities.

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