• The Chester County Health Department released updated guidance on 5/6/21. At this time, there are a few areas where additional clarity is needed before changes to our current plan are considered. There will be no changes to our current practices until we receive that clarity. Additional information is expected the week of May 10 and we will communicate updates accordingly.

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Welcome to Downingtown West High School, Home of the Whippets

  •  Welcome to the DHS West website.

    The Main Office at West is open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. 

    Visitors are asked to wear a mask and maintain social distance when entering the building.

    DHS West offers a diverse program of study. Our students are involved in academics at all levels. Academic, AP, Honors, Basic, Business Education, Industrial Arts Technology and Vocational-Technical courses are offered throughout our program. Click here to learn more about our school.

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    Attendance Fax 215-827-5693​
    Guidance Fax 610-514-0279
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    • May 7 – 26 - AP Exams In-Person, Paper and Pencil at West 
    • May 7 - Mamma Mia - POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 10th!
    • May 8 - SATs at West
    • May 8 - West's Musical Mamma Mia 7:00 pm - Kottmeyer Stadium 
    • May 10 - West's Musical Mamma Mia 7:00 pm -Kottmeyer Stadium
    • May 12 - Living Arts - 5:00 - 7:00 pm in Main Lobby
    • May 13 - May 19 - Proms at Kottmeyer Stadium 
    • May 14 - West Senior Prom - Kottmeyer Stadium 7:00 pm
    • May 18 - West Junior Prom - Kottmeyer Stadium 7:00 pm
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  • ATTENTION CLASS OF 2021!  Cap and Gown orders are now an obligation and a $10.00 late fee may be added to orders placed after April 1st.  The cost for the Cap, Gown and tassel is $16.65 (includes sales tax) and all orders must be placed online.

    All Cap and Gown payments must be made online as follows:
    ○ Go to highschool.herffjones.com 
    ○ Type in DOWNINGTOWN HS WEST in the box at the top of the page to find your school
    ○ Click SHOP GRAD PRODUCTS, scroll to the bottom of the page
    Continue clicking on green arrow until you reach: SHOP SENIOR KEEPSAKES and the cap and gown packages will appear


    If you are borrowing a cap and gown from the Class of 2015 or later, you would only need to order a tassel. 

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    • June 4 & 7 – MANDATORY GRADUATION PRACTICES – Seniors must participate in each of these rehearsals.  Practices begin at 8:00 am on both days.  Students should report to the gymnasium 15 minutes earlier. On June 4th, cap and gowns will be distributed following practice.  On June 7th, tickets will be handed out during Graduation Practice.  All seniors must clear their obligations prior to receiving their cap and gown and their graduation tickets.
    • A copy of the Class of 2021 Graduation Letter can be found here.  Please note each student will receive five (5) tickets for the Commencement Ceremony.  This letter also includes the link to the Handicapped Seating and Parking information.  This year due to the social distance restrictions, you will be required to swap out a regular commencement ticket for a handicapped ticket.
    • The Commencement Ceremony will be live streamed and can be viewed by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/mTLWMvWjbxQ.  This link will remain the same even if the event needs to be rescheduled due to inclement weather.  We will also have real-time, closed-captioning available.

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  • Senior Prom tickets are on sale now thru April 23.  Information has been posted on Schoology and a copy is available here along with the Prom Permission Form.

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