West Scranton High School has been
serving the community since 1935. Originally designated as a junior high school,
grades 10, 11, and 12 were added in 1941. In 1974, grades 7 and 8 were
dropped. Currently, the enrollment includes 1300 students grades 9 through 12.
The facility which is located on
Luzerne Street between 12th and 13th Streets encompasses an entire city block. The
three story structure provides over 50 classrooms, various laboratories, two gymnasiuims,
and an auditorium with seating for 1400. Efforts are constant to maintain the
building's original beauty-unique in having marble walls and terrazzo floors.
West Scranton High School offers a
comprehensive educational program which encourages all students to develop academic skills
and personal qualities necessary to maximize individual potential. As a true
comprehensive school, West Scranton is a microcosm of the community it serves. The
preparation of all students to be well-adjusted, knowledgeable and responsible citizens
continues on a daily basis as the school addresses its curriculum to a constantly changing
West Scranton High School, being
sensitive to individual needs, reinforces positive self-concepts and provides all students
the opportunities to acheive their goals and to develop a sense of identity and of pride.
Substantive academic, business, and vocational courses and a variety of
co-curricular and extracurricular activities promote social, physical and humanistic
Concerned with preparing all students
for life in the 21st Century, West encourages independent, critical thinking and
development of skills which will facilitate acceptance of change in our technological
world. Stressing learning as a lifetime endeavor, all students are afforded
opportunities to expand their individual abilities and to become increasingly aware of
West Scranton High School recognizes
the importance of extracurricular activities in shaping students. Many of these
activities offer practical experience as an extension of the curriculum: media skills are
enhanced through the closed circuit TV studio system: the dramatic and speech groups
increase aesthetic awareness through varied productions; language clubs study cultural
diversity beyond the scope of the classroom; writing skills are further developed through
a variety of publications; community service clubs reinforce the importance of becoming a
contributing member of community; four musical clubs entertain both school and the
community; athletic activities encourage a participation in all major sports; and spirit
groups and cheerleaders increase loyalty to the school and its population.
In all, there are approximately 20
clubs and 13 athletic teams to which our students can belong. Proper use of leisure
time helps to insure that students develop their capabilities to the fullest. We
encourage their involvement.