Downingtown Area School District

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Downingtown Area School District
540 Trestle Place, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
North America
, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 19335
United States
District information
MottoDowningtown Delivers
PresidentBoard President: LeeAnn Wisdom (Term Expires 2025)
Vice-presidentBoard VP: Audrey Blust
Superintendent of SchoolsDr. Robert O’Donnell Ed.d
Asst. superintendent(s)Robert Reed, 7-12 Instruction and Curriculum
School boardMargaret Miller

Madhu Gurthy Mindy Ross Lisa Strobridge Jane Bertone Joyce Houghton

Caryn Mcleary-Ghrayeb
Schools17 (including Cyber Academy K-12)
Students and staff
ColorsBlue and Gold   
Other information
Map of Chester County, Pennsylvania public school districts with Downingtown Area School District highlighted in green in the central part of the county

The Downingtown Area School District is a school district based in Downingtown, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The district operates ten elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. As of 2018, the district educates approximately 12,000 students, making it the largest school district in Chester County.


The district, located in central Chester County serves all of the following municipalities:[2]


As of 2017, U.S. News & World Report has named all three DASD high schools, DHS East, DHS West, and the Downingtown STEM Academy as three of the top high schools in the United States. DHS East and DHS West earned a silver award. Downingtown STEM Academy received a bronze award.[3]

DHS East, DHS West and the Downingtown STEM Academy have been named to The Washington Post's list of the most challenging high schools in America.[4]

The International Baccalaureate Organization has named the Downingtown STEM Academy an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The STEM Academy is the first IB World School in Chester County and will be the first high school in the nation to offer an IB program with STEM pathways.


Elementary schools[edit]

  • Beaver Creek Elementary - Downingtown
  • Bradford Heights Elementary School - West Bradford Twp.
  • Brandywine Wallace Elementary School - East Brandywine Twp.
  • East Ward Elementary School - Downingtown
  • Lionville Elementary School - Uwchlan Twp.
  • Pickering Valley Elementary School - Upper Uwchlan Twp.
  • Shamona Creek Elementary School - Uwchlan Twp.
  • Springton Manor Elementary School - Wallace Twp.
  • Uwchlan Hills Elementary School - Uwchlan Twp.
  • West Bradford Elementary School - West Bradford Twp.

Middle schools[edit]

  • Downingtown Middle School - Caln Township[5] - The school is physically in Caln Township but the township is not in the school district service area
  • Lionville Middle School - Uwchlan Twp.
  • Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center - Uwchlan Twp.

High schools[edit]

  • Downingtown High School - Downingtown High School is split into two campuses: Downingtown East (Uwchlan Twp.) and Downingtown West (Downingtown). While still legally considered to be one school, East and West are generally regarded as being separate entities.
  • Downingtown STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) - A magnet high school opened Fall 2011.
  • Downingtown Cyber Academy - A new online educational school for high school students, opening in August 2012.

Famous graduates[edit]


  1. ^ "Budget".
  2. ^ "The Municipalities". Downingtown Area School District. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  3. ^ US News, US News. 2017 "America's Top Schools 2017". US News. US News. Retrieved 29 July 2017. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  4. ^ Washington Post, Washington Post. "America's Most Challenging High Schools 2017". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Polling Place Update for November 6, 2018 Election". Caln Township. Retrieved 2021-06-18.

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