West York Area High School

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West York Area School District
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1800 Bannister Street
York, Pennsylvania 17404-4917
United States
Type Public
School board West York Area
Superintendent Dr. Emilie M. Lonardi
School number 717 845-6634
Principal Janet May
Faculty 70[1]
Grades 9-12
Age 14 to 21
Enrollment 964 in 2011[2][needs update]
Color(s)      Navy      White

West York Area High School is a high school located in York, York County in south central Pennsylvania. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the school reported an enrollment of 952 students in grades 9 through 12 in 2010, with 255 students eligible for a federal free or reduced-price lunch. The school employed 71 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 13:1.[3] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one teacher was rated "Non‐Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[4]

Part of the West York Area School District, the school serves children in grades nine through twelve. It operates on a two-semester, six term year with block scheduling of four-period days, each period lasting 80 minutes. Students may attend the local technical school or specialized center on a part-time basis. Career internships and diversified occupations programs are also available for seniors. Minimum credit levels for graduation from each grade are 6 credits in the 10th grade, 13 in the 11th and 20.5 in the 12th.


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In 2009, the West York Area School Board began the process of upgrading the facilities at the school, beginning with the opening of a new gym in October 2014. The development was completed in 2016 when a new two-story wing was added that includes eight additional classrooms and a large group instruction/meeting room. The existing science labs were renovated and three new labs were added. A new choral room was provided, along with a new guidance suite and the school auditorium was equipped with upgraded stage rigging, lights and sound systems.[5]

Academic standards[edit]

In 2012, West York Area High School declined to "Warning" AYP status due to low reading and mathematics scores of 11th graders.[6] In 2010, West York Area High School achieved AYP status.[7][needs update]


The school offers the core curriculum, plus electives including arts and humanities, business education, technology education, family and consumer science, and world languages.[8] Students are encouraged to choose courses which will help them succeed in the career of their choice; the majority of students go on to post-secondary education or specialized training; many others enter the work force or the military.

Dual enrollment[edit]

West York Area High School offers a dual enrollment program, a state program which enables high school students to take courses at local higher education institutions to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school during the program. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. Students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school, including the graduation ceremony. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate and the state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[9] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[10]

For the 2009-10 funding year, West York Area School District received a state grant of $5,684 for the program.[11][needs update]


In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate.[12] The graduation rate at West York Area High School was 88% in 2012.[13] The West York Area School Board has set 28.5 credits as the minimum requirement for graduation, to include: English—4 credits; Social Studies—4 credits; Math—4 credits; Science—3 credits; Arts/Humanities—3 credits; Physical Education—2; Health—1; Parenting—0.5 credits.[14]

In addition, by law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students were obliged to complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations was set by the individual school district.[15] In the spring of the junior year, students presented their projects to an assessment panel, comprising teachers from grades K through 12. Students earned 0.5 credit upon successful completion of their Graduation Project. Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania Board of Education has eliminated the state mandate that students complete the project.[16]

As of 2017, public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the Keystone Exams.[17][18][19] For the class of 2019, a composition exam will be added and, in 2020, a civics and government exam.[20] Students qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.

College remediation[edit]

A Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009 notes that "34% of West York Area School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading" before they were prepared to take college-level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[21] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduates in three years.[22] The Pennsylvania Department of Education states that one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math or English.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

West York Area High School students have access to a wide variety of clubs, activities, and an extensive sports program. Eligibility for participation is determined by the school board policy and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association regulations.[23]

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private school, cyber charter school, charter school, and those home-schooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs, including athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[24]

Sport teams[edit]

The school uses navy blue and white as spirit colors, and its mascot is a Bulldog. The school is a member of PIAA AAA athletics class. In 2008, the school's football team won their Division with a 9-1 regular season record. They went on to become the first team from YAIAA to win an AA or AAA district championship, when they won the District III Championship in Hershey. The Bulldogs' 2008 season came to an end, though, on December 5 at Altoona's Mansion Park Stadium, where the Bulldogs fell 49-21 to defending state champions, Thomas Jefferson High School. West York's final record was 13-2, the best in school history.[25]


The school produces a musical each year; recent productions have included Crazy for You in 2012, Brigadoon in 2011 and Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2010.

The school's marching band has been directed by Rod Meckley since 2012. The band show each year is themed; recent themes have included the music of Ray Charles in 2012-13 and Elvis Presley]] in 2011-12. Previous themes have included American Tapestry, Island Pulse and the songs of Billy Joel.

The school also maintains a Jazz Ensemble (also directed by Rod Meckley). This group performs a few times a year at the high school as well as at the York County: Distinguished Young Women competition.


  1. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data - West York Area High School, 2012
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Enrollment and Projections by LEA, July 2011
  3. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, Common Care Data - West York Area High School, 2010
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Professional Qualifications of Teachers High School 2012, September 21, 2012
  5. ^ http://media.wix.com/ugd/13e090_5887a679355b499fbc9a4fca5a034d98.pdf
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, West York Area School District AYP Overview 2012, September 21, 2012
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, West York Area High School AYP Overview, September 29, 2011
  8. ^ http://highschool.wyasd.k12.pa.us/index.cfm?pID=6946
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Dual Enrollment Guidelines 2010-11". 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement. Site accessed March 2010.
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2009). "Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "West York Area School District AYP Data Table 2012". 
  14. ^ West York Area School Board. "West York Area Senior High School Graduation Requirements". 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements.
  16. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education, Proposed changes to Chapter 4, May 10, 2012
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Keystone Exam Overview" (PDF). 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview". 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education (2010). "Rules and Regulation Title 22 PA School Code CH. 4". 
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Education Finalizes Adoption of Pennsylvania Common Core State Academic Standards and High School Graduation Requirements, March 14, 2013
  21. ^ Pennsylvania College Remediation Report
  22. ^ National Center for Education Statistics - IPEDS 2008
  23. ^ West York Area School Board Policy Manual Extracurriculars Policy 122 and Interscholastic Athletics Policy 123
  24. ^ Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, November 10, 2005
  25. ^ Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (2012). "PIAA School Directory". 

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