Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School seeks to develop economically self-sufficient, socially conscious, critically thinking citizens. The school's mission is to provide an educational environment that serves students who have been unsuccessful in traditional high school settings. It serves students who have been pushed out of, or become disenchanted with their previous schools. The staff is dedicated to the belief that every student is capable of success in a nurturing, respectful environment. Students learn in an atmosphere which features smaller class sizes, a supportive "family group" advisory system, and extraordinary community partnerships.
The school includes a day care center program (the LYFE Center), a health clinic (Ryan Health), and a social work support staff, as well as partnering with numerous non-profit organizations to enhance the health and well-being of the students, including gardening, healthy eating and cooking classes, a rugby sports program, PSAL sports, dance and music classes, classes in global political awareness, and a mock trial team.