Specialized Programs for grades 6th-8th

  • English Language Learner Program

    English Learners (EL) in the West Chester Area School District represent over 38 different native languages. In the 2022-23 school year, the District had more than 540 active ELs.

    The goal of the West Chester Area School District’s ELD Program is to facilitate the development and attainment of English proficiency and academic achievement of students whose native or first language is not English and to ensure equitable access to academic content, school resources, and programs.  The foundation for the curriculum is a standards-based curriculum aligned to the English Language Development Standards and the Pennsylvania State Academic Standards.

    Gifted Program

    Enrichment and acceleration are available to all identified students as determined by the gifted individualized education plan (GIEP) team. Students may be identified as gifted at any point during their educational career.  Both parents and teachers have the ability to start the gifted identification process. The high school Gifted Program focuses on these areas: Gifted Paideia Seminar, Colloquium Seminar, College and Career Planning, Job Shadowing, Mentoring, and Independent Projects. Visit www.wcasd.net/gifteded for more information.

    Special Education

    Special education services are provided at the middle school for those students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Services include a variety of supports as determined appropriate for each individual child by the IEP team.