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Graduation Project

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

Graduation Projects

Graduation Project Information

Chorus Program

Mr. McCloskey has been mentoring students in the choral program for 35 years at DASD.


Blue and Gold Marching Band

The band program is well known all over PA!


Orchestra Program

Ms. Gonzalez has been mentoring students in the orchestra program for 6 years at DASD.


Grease, the Musical


Music Theatre

Advisors: Mr. McCloskey and Ms. Davidheiser

HS Music Theatre

Show dates are April 4-6 at 7:30 pm and April 7 at 2:00 pm

Tickets go on sale March 1st.


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.


Mrs. Farnesi
Dr. Simmons
Mrs. DiSantis

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

Academic Competition Team

Academic 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. 

Academic Team

Student Council

Advisor - Mrs. McGregor - and Mr. Vernon -

Description/Requirements: Student Council is the largest run school organization and a fun way to get involved. In this club, students work together to help decorate and plan events such as Homecoming, Mr. West, the Blood Drive, and A Day Without Hate. We also host the school Spirit Weeks, and participate in community service programs. 

Meetings: Once a month (usually the 3rd Thursday) with other extra meetings depending on current events running in the school


Clubs and after school, extra curricular options are a great way for students to stay active and engaged in the learning environment, and to pursue interests outside of the classroom.