Overview of CB East
Located in Buckingham Township in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Central Bucks High School East (CB East) is a suburban high school replete with tradition, culture, and academic excellence. CB East offers rigorous academic programming complemented by strong technology integration that is tailored to the individual needs of our students. With a focus on helping students identify and prepare for their own unique post-secondary path, we take care to educate the whole child – nurturing their social and emotional well-being in addition to serving their academic needs through a wide variety of curricular offerings, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses. CB East is also a state-of-the-art learning facility, standing as an example of this community’s commitment to education by providing the resources our students need to compete on a global stage.
Recently named the top high school in Bucks County by Niche, and eighth in the state by US News & World Report, CB East is fueled by its mission of inspiring the human spirit and creating opportunities for all students to be successful. We are anchored in the PATRIOT way, our school’s core values of Pride, Accountability, Trust, Respect, Investment, Opportunity, and Teamwork. Our mission and core values are more than words written on a page, they direct us in all our decisions.
We are passionate about learning, promoting learning, meeting students where they are, and guiding them to their full potential. We strive to create a place where we can be ourselves and appreciate our differences, a place where everyone is treated with dignity. We value instruction, but our work goes far beyond that. Our work is about relationships. We embrace the discovery of one's passions to develop a sense of lifelong learning. Our school is our people. Everyone matters. We want to be a force for positive action, bringing every member of the CB East family together. We understand and embrace the power of relationships with the community, and we partner with them to enrich our students' lives.
Due to a rich curriculum that offers a plethora of AP courses and engaging electives in addition to the core curriculum, over 90 percent of CB East graduates choose to continue their education. By building a culture that values learning for all, CB East continues to create and maintain a high standard of excellence for all its constituents, fostering a sense of pride and connectedness that transcends the walls of our school, permeating the community and the globe with students wholly prepared to address the challenges that await them.
Believing that our students’ success is proportionate to their level of involvement, we encourage students to utilize their time and talents through a vast array of academic, athletic, and other co-curricular pursuits. The majority of students are involved in multiple activities, enabling the culture of CB East to continually reflect a sense of community and connectedness.
Our athletes participate in 17 different sports as a member of the Suburban One League. Over 1100 athletes participate in 28 varsity programs. In 2021-22, CB East advanced two teams to the PIAA state playoffs (Girls Soccer and Boys Lacrosse). In addition, CB East sent individuals from seven other programs to compete in state competitions.
Innovative and competitive experiences are available for students interested in the sciences. Recently, 40 students from the Science Research Club participated in two separate science fair competitions and cumulatively won 41 first, 11 second, and 4 third place awards along with 6 honorable mentions. Last year one of our students placed fourth in the International Science Fair Competition.
The award-winning CB East Patriot Players, State Thespian Troupe #6165, promotes a safe, fun, and creative environment in which theatre artists can learn, socialize, and thrive. The Patriot Players strive to produce great theatre, support East students, and give back to the CB community and beyond.
With well over 100 clubs available for our students, including clubs like Mental Health Awareness, National Honor Society, Key Club, Jewish Culture, Student Council, Gay Straight Alliance, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), there is a club, activity, or sport for every interested student.
During the 21-22 school year we made the first schedule change in over 20 years to include a 63-minute block within the middle of the school day known as “Lunch and Learn” (credit Kiski Area School District). Lunch and Learn created systems to ensure our course-alike collaboration teams had consistent time to plan together once per week, and time for intervention and enrichment for our students four times per week. Teachers follow a set schedule and students manage their time to help them meet whatever needs they may have on that particular day. While there are lots of options for students, including eating and socializing, basketball, spike ball, giant Jenga, ping pong, creating music, lifting weights, collaborating, or independently studying, the true purpose of the block is to create the time, the place(s), and the space for teachers and students to support and enrich learning during the school day. Lunch and Learn has created the systems so we maintain a laser-like focus on learning, for our students and for our staff.