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9-12
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Drexel Hill, PA
Students enrolled: 3,705

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601 North Lansdowne Ave
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

(610) 622-7000
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October 29, 2014
Great selection of AP Courses. Teachers are highly qualified and are great educators. School environment really prepares students for the real world!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2014
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.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
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

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
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!!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
This is one ofthe worst schools. It is over crowded. The special needs program is horrible. They do not teach these children or include them in anything. The special needs teachers are horrible and most of them are set in the old school mind frame that these children cannot do anything. This school security is also horrible. As the UD police dept said before if this was a bar it would of been closed down a lone time ago. Tax dollars waisted!!!! JUST HORRIBLE and SAD.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2013
I believe Upper Darby high school is not the best school for your child especially if they come from a different ethical group. Students judge other students very crucially. If a student is an honors students then this school isn't that bad, but the math teachers here make it very hard for the students forcing them to put they're entire focus in it. I have a child that goes to this school who was struggling in math but he was unable to receive any help. But my daughter was doing great but because she couldn't fit a few classes in her scheduled she decided to move down in one subject. It was only an accelerated class but she was surrounded by student that just didn't care while she had a 99 throughout the class the others had 40s. The students that are motivated do great but there are too many students that just don't care.

- submitted by a community member
January 24, 2013
Upper Darby High School is actually a great school. The thing that makes it a failing school is the students lack of motivation. The overcrowded school results in the larger percentage of students who dont care or cant speak English which brings down the academic scoring drastically. The truth is that if your in AP or Honors classes you learn more advanced material than many other schools. Sadly, the majority of the students in UDHS are in Academic and have the worst teachers and are stuck in the largest classes. I am currently a Fresheman in Upper Darby and as far as i can see, most of the staff enjoy their jobs and teach the students. But of course, as in every school, there are teachers that don't really teach the students. The music programs are exceptional, with every musical group winning high honors and awards every year. The musicals are done at an almost professional level and are extremely well perfomed. The students at UDHS are either very proud of their school or hate it. Every student admires Tina Fey (who went to UD) and love the movie Mean Girls because it was based off of our school. Overall, Upper Darby High School is a crowded, huge but an amazing school.

- submitted by a student
December 22, 2012
I love the education here. Most of the classes actually make you think, which means tests are not based on memorized material. There are so so so so so many classes you can take here. Even the introductory classes have so much valuable information. This school's only flaw it is so overcrowded and large, that between classes you have 5 minutes to get to class, yet it takes more time than that because of traffic and going to our lockers. Otherwise, a 3 rating is extremely low. It should be a 6 or 7.

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2012
UDHS is an overcrowded school with terrible test scores and frequent crime. The area needs another high school. West Chester actually has 3 high schools; yet, Upper Darby has only one. The entire school district is cutting the arts programs that people on here are praising. Maybe they could get students from West Philly out and start making sure everyone pays taxes.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
Parents...before jumping to conclusions about what you hear in the media, listen to the student's perspective first. Upper Darby High School is a great school. The only thing that drags it down are the media and some of the students who just don't care, but there's a separate place for those students. As a graduate of 2009, I must say the teachers there are amazing. They will definitely go out of their way to help and sincerely care about student's education. They really don't make enough for what they do. Yes, there are a lot of students, but the area is too dense to place another high school in the district. The crowds didn't even bother me at all. Not to mention, there are numerous of opportunities for everybody no matter what you are interested in from arts, technology, business, sports, college credits, vo-tech...you name it! It's the students themselves who have to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities. Even though the lousy media can give it a bad name, I wouldn't trade my high school experience for anything!

- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2012
As a graduate of Upper Darby High School, I can honestly say that I ADORED this school. Yes, there are certainly problems pertaining to the population; however, let's try to focus on the positives. UDHS offers excellent classes, wonderful clubs, vo tech opportunities, amazing sport teams and much, much more. As a senior in college now, I believe that UD has prepared me for not only college, but life in general, as well. I am currently dual majoring in English education and psychology while maintaining a 3.8 GPA and I honestly don't know if I would be as successful if I had not attended UD. They have provided me with not only knowledge, but a great deal of confidence, as well. Some may claim that UD is a bad school, but I can assure you that it is not. High school is what you make of it, people. If a student wants to learn, he/she will learn and if a student doesn't want to learn, they wont. I can tell you one thing, though: If a student wants to learn, the teachers and faculty at UDHS will do everything in their power to ensure that each and every student reaches his/her full potential.

- submitted by a community member
January 03, 2012
I can't believe that a Class Action Law Suit had not been filed against this township regarding the ridiculously large amount of kids crammed into one High School. Upper Darby High School is simply too large. What will it take for someone to make a decision and start talking about a second school. Stop hiding under the umbrella of diversity (while very nice) and fix the real problem. 4000 is simply too many kids and pulls form way too large of an area. Every school has a few bad eggs, but when you have 4000 kids a few can become a couple hundred bad eggs. UDHS staff is completely preoccupied with corrective issues and preventative issues... and then finally... some teaching! 19026 and 19082 should split!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2012
Talk about a good thing going bad... Upper Darby High School has many issues but the most troubling is the size of the student body. UDHS is bursting at the seams with kids. The township is the largest in the State, but somehow only has one HS. Lower Merion has two high schools. West Chester has two High schools. The teachers at UDHS seem to spend most of their time trying to gain some control of the staggering amount of kids in one school. With an award winning Theater and Arts program, Summer Stage, Nationally ranked Cheerleaders, breathtaking Jazz band and Orchestra, and programs to fit almost every interest a child could have... it's all easily washed away when you are consistently recognized for new making issues that are mostly stemmed from TOO MANY KIDS!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2011
I posted this before - so not sure why it did not post - UDHS is a great experience - the diversity prepares you for life in ways that most schools don't. while at the time I felt some teachers could be more innovative - I felt just as prepared as prepschool kids when I went to college.

- submitted by a student
December 05, 2010
I graduated from Upper Darby in 2009. I loved every second that I was there. It was a great experience, and as a student, I didn't really notice that there were a large number of students in the school. I've been in the district since kindergarten and I feel that my education was extremely helpful in preparing me for college. I do recommend that students in Upper Darby get involved with something because it will help keep you busy and you won't fall into the stereotype of an Upper Darby student. It really is a great district, the teachers love their students, and everyone has the ability to succeed you just have to be willing to work for it (which is exactly what education is about: hard work paying off in the end).

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2010
This school has way over exceeded its capacity for the students it can handle. It's quite a large district and I think these students would receive a high quality education of a second high school was built. The district would probably have higher test scores too. Lower Merion has two schools and look at the quality of their education and prep for college; its not impossible for two high schools within one district.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2010
This school, which I formerly went to, did not help me at all towards college. All of the things I am learning now in college werent things that I knew already and I immediately fell behind because the teachers didnt properly prepare me for college efficently.

- submitted by a student
October 27, 2009
UDHS is a great school for kids at the top of the ability spectrum. Those kids have endless opportunities to excel (but these kids would do well at any school). For the vast majority of kids, however (and there are almost 4000 kids in this school), it subpar. The school is just too big; it can t possibly deliver a quality education to that many kids. I know that they try, but it s just not realistic to attempt to educate 4000 kids in one building. After having one child go through this school, I am planning on moving before my other child is old enough to attend UDHS. As hard as they try, this is just not a good school.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
This school stays abreast of trends and curriculum needs that equip the students with the most valuable tools they need to be successful in the working world. The programs, classes, clubs, and sports are all opportunities for students to take advantage of and own their education! More parents could be involved of course but that could be at any school. I am an UDHS alumn and very proud of this school. My kids now attend the UDSD and UDHS. Both are receiving exceptional educations! What could improve? Like any other school, more funding to help overall!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
Upper Darby High School has one of the largest populations in the state but is has managed to and excels in getting to know each and every student. Each grade level has its own Vice Principal and three counselors assigned to the students in their Freshman year. These wonderful roll models continue until to stay with their assigned students until they graduate. I had two children graduate from Upper Darby and my last is now a Junior. They have all thrived in this wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2009
It's the best high school! -diversity -teacher dedication -many classes -simply the best!

- submitted by a student
February 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
I dare you to find another school or district with so much to offer. The numbers do not do this school and district justice. Remember that the UDSD educates ALL children, many have such diverse backgrounds culturally, financially and some are handicapped. They educate AP students, handicapped students and everyone in between. A child that is challenged must take the same state exams as the rest of the student body which accounts for the lower math and reading scores per school. For example, the Primos elementary school houses the districts autistic children. This district is very very good. You just have to look at the whole picture. Plus, for being a huge district, the educators are hands on and know your child as an individual. Do yourself a favor and visit their website and look at the course selections, you won't be sorry you did.

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September 08, 2008
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June 21, 2008
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January 16, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2007
I graduated from UDHS in 2002 and I loved high school. I had a few honors and level one courses a level 2 and a level 3 course. I will say this if your child has AP and level one courses they are getting the best teachers if they have level 2 courses the teachers are okay and level 3 forget it. I wish I had taken advantage of everything UDHS had to offer but every year i would find out to late what the school offered. Parents ask questions this school has it all.

- submitted by a former student
January 30, 2007
UDHS supplies books to each student, some classroom have classroom sets of books so that students need not carry their books to/from school, although this is not true in every classroom,but it would be ideal. Classroom notetaking is very important in this world of technology where iformation is changing every moment, not like it use to be for us when we did not hear about changes in countries around the world for days,weeks,months,or even sometimes for years. I know from experience, that teachers provide study packets, work sheet packets for new materials all the time.

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November 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2006
I graduated from UDHS in 01' and it was a very unique experience. UDHS is in a world of its own. My graduating class had some underachievers but also had a large amount of students headed to Ivy League schools. Attending UDHS was like a college experience, it can be good or bad depending on how motivated you are. After graduating, I regretted not taking advantage of all the facilities and advanced programs the school had to offer.

- submitted by a former student
October 08, 2006
My children began at Upper Darby as a Freshman and loved every minute of it. My only complaint is that there favorite most valuable teachers were not there by the time they graduated. The teacher turn over rate at this school is horrible and more things need to be done to keep good teachers in the district.

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September 06, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 28, 2006
Quality of academic programs: Tops Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities: Tops Level of parent involvement: med to high close to 4,000 students, safety becoming an issue Most are coming from philadelphia. Class size large. Fall behind, your toast!

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July 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2004
My daughter is a recent graduate of UDHS and is thriving at college. We credit her success to the wonderful opportunities she had in HS including AP courses, choirs, band, and the very diverse student body. She has adjusted well to a large university and feels her high school has prepared her for the rigors of college. Our other child is currently in high school at is involved in the sports program and has taken advantage of some of the electives not offered in every school district. This is helping her decide on a career path. She has friends of many 'colors' and only complains of the dress code. We do have concerns about the high property taxes, lack of a good tax base, and the influx of lower income famillies with questionable regard for education, which impacts the whole district.

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September 13, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
April 14, 2004
I graduated from UDHS 2 years ago, and I still talk about it. I loved it. There were so many opportunities right in front of me! I always had what I needed, and teachers were always willing to help me out. The only problem with UD was that there were too many activities to choose from. There is no way that new students, and current students, can't find somewhere to fit in!

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September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Upper Darby High School prepares you for the real world. You meet new people every day, and are introduced to many cultures.

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August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
this school does not supply books so that kids can study, they have to rely on notes they have taken, and if your kid is like mine the notes leave alot to be desired

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
An excellent education is provided to students in the largest high school in Pennsylvania. A fantastic music and art program complements a strong college-bound curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
Everything that is good and bad can be summed up in one statement. The School is huge. Diversity, course selection and quality teachers abound. Anonymity, scheduling hassles and poor teachers also exist.

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August 25, 2003
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Upper Darby Senior High School
601 North Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA  19026
(610) 622-7000
Last modified Upper Darby Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Upper Darby Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top