Conestoga, commonly referred to as "Stoga," is 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Philadelphia in the suburbs known as the Main Line. In 2016, Niche.com ranked the Tredyffrin Easttown school district number one in the USA. In the 2016 edition of Newsweek's "America's Top High Schools," Conestoga High School was ranked 36th in the nation and the 1st in Pennsylvania. For the 2012–2013 school year the school was ranked as a Gold Medal School by U.S. News & World Report, ranked number 313 nationally. The average SAT score for the Class of 2014 was 607 in mathematics, 598 in reading and 590 in writing.
97% of Conestoga graduates advance to colleges and universities, 92% of them to four-year colleges and universities. Graduating classes from 2009 to 2014 sent one or more students to each of the Ivy League colleges, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, The California Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University. The most popular university choice for Conestoga students is Pennsylvania State University. The second most popular choice is the University of Pittsburgh. Fifty-two percent of Conestoga students leave Pennsylvania to attend colleges and universities, and more than 52% attend private institutions after graduation.
Conestoga has eight academic departments: Business/Technology, English, World Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, and Wellness/Fitness/Family & Consumer Science. Students must earn 24 credits in order to graduate. 1 credit is equivalent to a year-long class, which meets every day for 43 minutes. Thus, the seven periods at Conestoga are 43 minutes in length, but the 8th period meets for 44 minutes, so that Conestoga's school day can be precisely 7 hours long (7:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.). Students must earn 4 credits in English, 2 in languages, 3 in mathematics and 3 in science. The classes of 2013 and 2014 must also get 3.5 credits in Social Studies and 1 in 2 of the special areas (Wellness/Fitness, Visual/Performing Arts, or Business/Technology), and the classes of 2015 and beyond must get 3 credits in Social Studies and 2 in all 3 of the special areas. In each department there is a wide variety of classes that a student can take.
In 2012 Conestoga was ranked the 180th best high school in the country and 1st in Pennsylvania. Conestoga was ranked 312th (3rd in Pennsylvania) in 2008, 301st (3rd in Pennsylvania) in 2007, 170th (1st in Pennsylvania) in 2006, 195th in 2005, and 197th in 2003.