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6-8 & Ungraded
Drexel Hill, PA
Students enrolled: 1,263

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3001 State Rd
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

(610) 853-4580
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January 21, 2014
When reading these reviews, please take the ones written by kids with a grain of salt. As a parent ,I have found the most recent principal,Mr. Manfre, to be much more reasonable and approachable than the previous principal. He responds quickly to parent concerns and is eager to resolve issues.As far as Mr. Jordan for math, he was my daughter's favorite and most challenging math teacher,she has gone on to be at the top of her high school class,and though she does not LIKE math she excells in it .Perhaps the child who had complaints about him does not like to work hard and be challenged. This school has something for every child, challenging academics,excellent music,performing and visual arts opportunities,compassionate and knowledgable sports coaches, engineering team,playwrites class,character building classes and clubs... the list is too numerous to go on. It's like everywhere,if you have a child who wants to do well, they will flourish at DHMS !

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2013
I am a parent of an 8th grader at DHMS. I will say it has been tough for him because of bullying; however the principal and teachers have always taken care of any situation I have approached them about. Most of the teachers are caring and understanding and doing the best that they can considering the handful of kids that seem to have no interest in being in school and lost of interest in causing problems and getting in trouble, but I believe that it starts at home. If you dont teach your children right from wrong and proper behavior at home they certainly arnt going to know it at school which is ashame for the other kids.

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January 29, 2012
As a student currently in DHMS, I can safely say that the school is great. The problem in the school isn't the staff or the curriculum, it's the students. There are a lot of good kids in the school, but unfortunately, just as many (if not more) of us act out all the time. Because of this, they don't learn much at school and the kids who actually are interested need to hear the teachers constantly disciplining the students (to no avail) and deal with the same material being drilled into their heads even though they learned it 2 years ago. The school really isn't at fault here. They do provide great activities for the students. Our musical program is top notch, with so many different areas to get involved in (many singing programs, a few band programs including orchestra, a yearly musical), quite a lot of sports for all grades and both genders (inter-mural sports for 6th graders and interscholastic for 7th and 8th), and various other extracurricular activities. As a child in the gifted program, I can say that it is very helpful to academically advanced kids. Unfortunately, there isn't much else for gifted kids. Students can be in an advanced math program with high enough scores.

- submitted by a community member

April 01, 2011
I am currently in 8th grade @ dhms and i ma loving every second. Only problem is the new principal mr manfre. He is not involved in the school and has taken away all of the that our former principal mr ross set for us. i pity the students coming in next year because they will have to deal with this terrible principal. The last problem is Mr. Mark Jordan... pray your child does not have him for math in 8th grade. he teaches and talks way too quickly. other than that, good school overall. would highly reccomend it

- submitted by a community member

August 29, 2010
I just want to say I am very grateful to have MOVED AWAY. The teachers are somewhat "decent", though many spend more time having to discipline the class instead of focusing their energy to teach. There's also alot of bullying and discrimination that also goes on within the school and the principal shows no empathy and seems to neglect many of these cases. Test scores are also pretty poor and many of the classes focus on reviewing and re-teaching the same PSSA material year round when that time could actually be put to use. If you want to provide what's best for your child, there are plenty of outstanding districts in the surrounding area.

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October 05, 2009
DHMS has consistently been ranked as one of the top middle schools in our state. The students win national awards in areas of technology, science, and more! The curriculum is great and there are some fabulous teachers who really make the kids want to learn - like Mr. Landmesser. I am very satisfied with the level of her education and the overall achievements of the school. I am sure with any new principal, things can be rough - change is not easy - but Mr. Ross has improved the school's PSSA's - a big step in a good direction. Like most schools, you get out what you put in!

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no rating
August 31, 2009
My child loves DHMS as well; however, we have been forced to deal with many kids from lower socio-economic backgrounds after coming from Aronomink and Mr. Ross has been neither empathetic or sympathetic with respect to the issues that have arisen. The bullies are in full force and Mr. Ross has been nonchalant in his response. There are a lot of good kids, but Mr. Ross and his lack of control (and no recess for kids to dispose of extra energy) have forced to us to choose private school. I would love to know how someone like Jon Ross is nominated for Principal of the Year. We need a principal with more experience!

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2009
I don't know anyone whose kids haven't loved DHMS. They go above and beyond to make the experience great. The teachers are so nice and push the kids to do well. As for Mr. Ross, not only did he get the school to make passing scores on the PSSA, he also won state Principal Of The Year! I think people trashing him are probably upset that he wouldn't let their kid get away with stuff. My kids love him. He is also one of the only principals to actually live in UDSD. All the haters should think about those facts.

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no rating
July 04, 2009
I think the Principal is clicky with parents if you are in the click you are a shoe in if you aren't he has no Time for you. My son had a problem went to Mr. Ross what a joke that was. He never, ever did anything to find out who the person was causing the problem. Oh don't get me wrong my son is no angle but however he isn't trouble either unless provoked. Not only did our son have a bad time there we as parents did too. I have never met a principal like him(not a good thing). I am so happy he is out of there. We as parents have never been so disappointed in a as this one. Watch out if you aren't in the click or snobby you won't be heard

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 20, 2009
DHMS is quickly becoming one of the most notable Middle Schools is PA, our principal Jon Ross has just been selected as one of 3 finalists in the state for principal of the year for elementary and middle schools. In addition we have become recognized by the PA Dept of Ed. for having the most innovative and advanced RTI (response to intervention) programs and have become partners with select universities to assist them with their education programs. This is an up and coming school in the state of PA. I am proud to say my child attends this forward thinking institution.

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February 26, 2009
The curriculum and extra-curricular activities are great. Unfortunately, manyof the teachers are overwhelmed by the number of students in each class and the leadership is young, inexperienced and abrasive. Most notably, the principal, Jon Ross as proven to be an ineffective leader and not willing/able to take the school to the level the students and parents deserve.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 22, 2009
I think Drexel Hill middle school has a great curriculum. The Teams work well together and the school keeps the parents involved with the children progress via email or phone calls.

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September 17, 2007
It has been some of the best times in my life so far. The teachers are amazing, and the acdemic is wonderful.

- submitted by a student

January 01, 2007
This is my daughter's first year there. She is very well adjusted and the programs are great.

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October 12, 2006
The quality of academic programs is top notch and the extra curricular activites from band, chorus, sports, and various clubs is terrific. There's a chance for everyone to get involved in something. As a regular attendee of the Home and School meetings, I wish we would see more parents attend the meetings but there is a lot of parent involvement with the activities.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2006
Quality of academic programs: v good. Availability of music, art, sports and other v good. Level of parent involvement v good.

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May 02, 2005
Both my children attended this school. It has a approchable faculity, great special education, and is overall a good school.

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February 02, 2005
The quality of academisc, activities as well as opportunities for parent involvement is top rate. There is however, a low tolerance level for minorities. The are not treated equally, friendly or fairly by staff.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2004
This is a super school! The teachers are very enthusiastic and eager to help the pupils achieve. Many wonderful programs and projects are happening at Drexel Hill Middle School. Truly a terrific school for your child to attend.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2004
I am very pleased with the caring environment that the teachers provide. As a parent of a student with a learning disability, I have seen great strides because of the attention given by the teachers. Discipline is good and students are held to high standards.

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October 06, 2003
I am so pleased with the education being provided by very caring and committed teachers on the whole. I appreciate the great communication between the school and home with weekly folders, etc. It is run extremely well to me. And is spite of being a large school there's a very personable atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent

June 25, 2003
The teacher's give the kids too many chances to make up school work and tests. The kids do not think they need to hand the work or take the test on time, since they can take it another day or hand it in another day or longer.

- submitted by a community member
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Drexel Hill Middle School
3001 State Rd, Drexel Hill, PA  19026
(610) 853-4580
Last modified Drexel Hill Middle School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Drexel Hill Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top