"Downingtown is a great school district. Most of the complaints here point towards the issues caused by teachers unions throughout the state of Pennsylvania. This is not just a problem contained within the Downingtown school district but again something that the state of Pennsylvania needs to address. I'm a big fan of public schools and letting your child become exposed to what the room world has to offer both good and bad. From what I have seen the children in our neighborhood could've grown up to become young adults do well in college educated from downtown the school district. It is a safe area to grow up yet a little wealthy but not ridiculously snobbish like some comments were made here. I have privately tutored some students in mathematics and I can tell you that parents are competitive in the school district and will spend the extra time and money needed to give their child the advantages compared to where I grew up. Forgive any typing errors this was done from a smart phone."
"The DEHS junior varsity football team traveled to DE to play my son's team last Monday. In my 30+ years of being a football fan I've never seen such poor sportsmanship displayed by any team. The Downingtown players constantly badgered, provoked, taunted and got physical with our boys. The DEHS coaches should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this behavior to continue throughout the entire game even AFTER warnings from the officials. It's unfortunate that an official had to repeatedly tell the players to "get up" after a tackle since they chose to lay on the opponent for an unacceptable period of time. Win or lose, our kids showed more class than anyone on the opposing sideline; including coaches, parents and players. My son is very fortunate to attend a school that teaches FAITH, HUMILITY, and INTEGRITY. Obviously the Downingtown East student body and staff could learn something from our students."
"Being a teacher and a very involved parent, we have had a horrific experience with DASD across the board. I am not originally from this area and have spent the last 17 years trying to make Downingtown my home. For the most part the district is extremely unfriendly, snobbish and just plain rude. It has been made quite clear to me that outsiders are not welcome. Overall most teachers that we have experienced will only do what is required, what is in their contract not what would help the students. The bombing incident that happened last year was not handle quickly and that is why the threats kept continuing. The community and the district do not work together and the administration has their hands tied by the union. The amount of drugs in the high school is shocking. This is a community of entitlement and they will step on whomever they need to get what they want. If you can teach yourself then this is the school for you. Something must be wrong if the school has not made AYP for several years in a row. For a school to get a great school rating of 10, that would mean it is perfect. Nothing is perfect."
"I'm currently a student at DEHS, but really, some of the comments about the teachers are simply ridiculous. Yes, like all high schools, there are great teachers, good teachers, and not so good teachers. There are also classes that if you breathe, you can get an A in. There is a lot of variety in the school, and the number of courses is being increased. The principles are great, love being with the students, and bring a great environment to the school. Last year, there were lots of bomb threats, but really, it got solved effectively, once they found the two students who did it. The school is also a great environment to make friends. There's plenty of school events that are free, or at very little cost. Also, the sports here are great, and there is a good variety. All sports constantly challenge to be in district playoffs every year."
"Very good high school, probably better if you can have a stay at home mom who can get in the faces of the teachers and stay on top of their child. We leave with a sense of loss in terms of potential. Child / school / parent - can't blame just the school, for sure. However, we ran into some difficulty getting support for our kids with mild learning disabilities, (primarilly reading.) Unsure if it was related to the fact that we moved here at an older age, or what, but it didn't work. A general warning - there is lots of peer pressure to keep up with the rich kids here - check out the cars that the students drive to school everyday! And there are a good number of kids whose parents give them things, not love and parenting."