Purpose: The Downingtown Area School District Graduation Project provides each student with the opportunity to go beyond the traditional educational program. By transferring learned skills to self-selected area of physical, intellectual, or artistic interest, students will:
- Expand their personal knowledge
- Apply learning to practical, real-life situations
- Explore career paths
- Become lifelong learners
Mr. McCloskey has been mentoring students in the choral program for 35 years at DASD.
Downingtown West Entrepreneurship students donated $995 to Cure4Cam from the profits of their sales. Teacher Ashley Rutchauskas, Regina Evans from Cure4Cam, Exton Region Chamber of Commerce president Laurie Kerkering, Christine Hubley from TruMark Financial, and Rob Croll and Sue Smith from Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, serve as mentors to the Entrepreneurship students.
Business and Education Partnership
The Downingtown Area School District is a proud founding member of the Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Council (BEC). Coordinator of Career Readiness Dr. Troy Podell, and Career Center Adviser Mrs. Christine Wick, both represent the District on the BEC.
Description/Requirements: LINK (Leaders Involved in Networking Kids) provides students the opportunity to participate in a leadership weekend that enhances their ability to positively influence behaviors and attitudes, so they can independently face decision making with greater confidence. Students and faculty who attended would say that LINK is "a life changing experience" that is "indescribable" to others who have not been so fortunate to attend the weekend. Students from all different backgrounds and social groups unite at Camp Conrad-Weiser in Wernersville, PA in late October and participate in a series of fun team building and barrier-breaking exercises. When they return to West. LINKers meet on a monthly basis for breakfast to stay connected and continue the positivity.
Meetings: School meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 6:50 am. (We try to do this consistently, but sometimes we change it up!) Yearly Weekend: third weekend in October.
Academic Competition Team
Advisor - Mr. Soler
Description/Requirements: Enthusiasm, broad knowledge in academics and academic excellence, assertiveness, commitment, diligence and willingness to do much outside reading and research. There are two or more practices per week after school. There are two teams which compete: Junior Varsity and Varsity. *Must have a 3.0 GPA to compete.
Meetings: Mondays and Thursdays-2:30-4:00. Students need to have transportation home.