This school is terrible. The reviewers who say this school deserves zero stars are correct. Teachers/nuns scream at the students all day; they also embarass students in front of other students. The academics are poor and the students are treated like criminals. Out of touch administration. I took
... Read more my one child out of this school after on year and refuse to send my other children to this school. The bullying is horrible and the administration does nothing. Teachers/guidance are smug. Teachers do not care about the students and do not listen to issues brought up by parents, but rather laugh at them. Save your money. This school is the exact opposite of what they say in orientation. Run away. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/14/14
this school deserves 0 stars. Students are guilty before they are ever given a chance to be innocent and are treated like toddlers. As a mother of a graduating student I feel as if over the last 4 years I have flushed 30,000 dollars of my hard earned money sending my child to a school with a disciplinarian
... Read more who thinks of himself as a drill Sargent and treats kids like criminals. Since her freshman year my daughter has spent her nights miserable and often crying worried about the next problem they will have with her. I DO NOT recommend this place for anyone who wants to enjoy their high school career. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/04/14
Where the administration treats students like toddlers and parents are treated like children. Potential to be such a good school if changes are made at the top.
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Posted by a parent on 04/29/14
As a parent of two graduates, I believe Shanahan has given then an excellent well-rounded education. There is not a sport, club or fine arts opportunity that they could have wanted. There are so many social activities that offer opportunities to grow and have friendships that last a lifetime. Each
... Read more student makes what they want of the opportunities available to them. The faith-filled environment keeps them grounded in respect for their teachers and each other and what is important including prayer and community service and prayer. Academically speaking, their AP scores and SAT scores are among the highest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Shanahan consistently produces a good number of National Merit Scholars. Currently there are the senior class. But what is even more important is that they learn 'how to study' and be prepared for college. I have noticed that whether a student is in Honors, AP or Track 2 or 3, they all prepared for college. There is a 100% acceptance. Most teachers offer tutoring before or after school if needed. The National Honor Society students offer tutoring help as well. % Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/18/14
Bishop Shanahan is an excellent school that provides a great academic curriculum with every sport, club, and fine arts experience your child could want. Both of my children have attended this school and have been successful and very happy. The school prepares the student extremely well for college. They
... Read more also educate young men and women to be responsible, ethical people. There is a real sense of community. Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/10/14
I went to Shanahan with high hopes, that dream was quickly crushed. They teach and preach two different things. They do not treat the students with much respect and force there beliefs on you. They tear you down rather than bring you up and make you feel so bad about yourself for disagreeing with their
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Posted by a student on 01/25/14
Bishop Shanahan is a high school that upholds great values and is prideful of them. It is a great school to make friends because my class created bond together that will be unbroken. However, I feel that I was not prepared for college at all. The teachers at this school did not care about the students
... Read more and were often willing to cater to them. Every class was very easy, most of the time all you had to do was busy work. The reason for this is because you receive a fact-based education here. All you have to do is memorize the material and you'll get a 4.0 easy. The SATs average scores may be great here but what does that prove? That you're a good test taker? Sure you'll be able to get in to a great university. But you will not be prepared. The teachers here do not challenge you. It may seem like they are, based on the numbers and the university acceptances. Yet, as a student, you are not given the necessary skills and abilities to utilize information. Having factual knowledge is great but if you aren't able to understand it and apply it, how can you be successful in the future? In retrospect Shanahan is a great school to make lifelong friends, but academically, improvement is needed. Read less
Posted by a student on 01/22/14
It's a good school. But if you're in track 3's, the teachers give up on you and they don't like you. You're looked down upon.
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Posted by a student on 08/26/13
On a scale of 1 to 100, I would give it an zero. What this school says it is like and how it really is are extremely different things. The fine arts program is all they care about. If you are not in the fine arts program or student council then you are ignored. It is immensely superficial. The cliques
... Read more and bad behavior of students is unbelievable. Teachers are biased to their favorites and can be bribed by being the teachers pet so grades in reality mean nothing. Everyday I dread going to school. I am am actually switching back to public school because the teachers were much better and so were the people and discipline. I can go through my list of teachers and honestly say I do not like any of them. I beg that you do not send your child to that school for their own health and sanity. Read less
Posted by a student on 04/26/13
(Continuation of review) For fine arts, the program is amazing. If you involve yourself, you can end up singing all over the world. The plays are great, as shown by attendees that have no connection to Shanahan. The art program at intro level is mediocre depending on the teacher, but many students complete
... Read more an AP portfolio before graduation and attend well-known arts schools. For sports, you are really playing for fun here. I went through the athletic program and from funding to organization to securing gym time, everything is a nightmare. Above all, you are sending your kids here to be watched like a hawk. From day one, whether you have ever done anything wrong or not, they treat you like a criminal. "Security measures" are extraordinarily high, especially as there have been few, if any, threats to security. Discipline is enforced in an "uneven" manner. Expect many students to be expelled at your child's time here and many others to "get away" with the same offense. Just know what you are getting into before you choose Shanahan. "People of God, People for Others" is the motto, embroidered on everything at the school, but absent in practice and the hearts of the administration. Read less
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Downingtown schools — Bishop Shanahan High School is located at 220 Woodbine Rd, Downingtown PA 19335. 220 Woodbine Rd is in the 19335 ZIP code in Downingtown, PA The school district for Bishop Shanahan High School is the Archdiocese Of Philadelphia. Bishop Shanahan High School is a Catholic school that serves grade levels 9 - 12.
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