UPPER DARBY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

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601 N LANSDOWNE AVE
DREXEL HILL, PA 19026
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Phone: 610-622-7000
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 3
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-high
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Upper Darby School District
  • Students/Teacher: 14:1
  • Students/Grade: 810.5
  • Number Students: 3242
  • Number Teachers: 300
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6472
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Edward Roth
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (52 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (35 Reviews)
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    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-14
    "I couldn't have asked for a better education. The course offerings at Upper Darby are immense. Due to the large student population, you can take as many arts, science, engineering, shop, technology, and even engineering classes as you can imagine. The diverse student population absolutely is a microcosm of the real world; it is diverse in ethnicity, economic status, as well as parental support and involvement. While I was lucky enough to have parents encourage me to participate in extracurricular, the same opportunities are open for any student willing to put in the work. The same goes for advanced level classes (where you never encounter the poorly behaved students you see in the media). My AP courses were FAR more challenging than my friends' at Bonner, O'Hara, and the surrounding prep schools. My education in the Upper Darby School District, the high school in particular, has prepared me for anything I could have imagined. The only downside is the overcrowding, and it is absolutely not as bad as the comments below mention. I didn't experience one single clique or "bully" when I was there because I chose to be involved and active in my education."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-19
    "This school is flooded with bullies and the principal is doing nothing about these kids who group up and bully other defenseless kids. Kids are afraid to even cone to school because of these bullies. They are mostly females. It is terrifying."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-05
    "Well, UDHS is today what it always has been a microcosm of the real world. The student body is not overwhelmingly lily white and there is a significant gap in socioeconomic status. You can t get any closer to mirroring what the real world looks like. It s a great school for kids who want to achieve. UDHS has the resources and is full of motivated teachers who are more than willing to help out the students in any way. Here s the rub the sheer number of students can be overwhelming. To add to that dynamic, the number of unmotivated students are a drag on resources, test scores and are a burden for the students who want to learn. Our student loved UDHS for the first two years, great teachers and opportunities. But staying motivated in an environment where an incredible number of students simply don t care has worn thin. Just to be clear, the problem at UDHS is a student (the disaffected ones) and a parenting issue (i.e. other parents not instilling a good work ethic and desire to learn). UDHS has a track record of providing a quality education. But just like the real world you need to want it and work for it. Why 3 stars - over crowding is killing the school district"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-07-10
    "This school has more classes and better offerings than many of the surrounding districts. Most people do not do their research in terms of curriculum and therefore are unaware of the resources available to them in UDHS. Yes, the school is very crowded. Yes, there are plenty of disengaged students who do not care about themselves, their education or others. BUT is this the fault of the school or their home/upbringing? I am a graduate of UDHS. My stepson graduated and did exceptionally well. My daughter is graduating in 2 years. She is doing an outstanding job. We are involved in our children's education. We engage with the school, teachers, board, and community. Like most things, it is what you make of it. UDHS struggles from overcrowding and a high volume of diversity which challenges them when state tests determine funding and ratings. Anyone who says this is not a good school simply does not do his/her research and most likely is not someone who is actively involved in promoting change in this community. Stop buying into the negative media that brings our kids down. Take advantage of the wonderful resources available and help make UDHS better than ever. It is a great school!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-15
    "I have had 5 kids attend the Upper Darby Schools and they did very well. Like all school districts right now there are challenges, but this is a very good school, teachers are outstanding and the arts education is really excellent."
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