There are several problems with UM. First off, bullying - they say they are a no bully zone, but it takes getting a lawyer involved before they will do anything about the bullying. And even after that, they place the child in classes with the bully. Teachers are good, but a lot will push the ADD issue, especially if your child is not on medication for ADD. When the parent makes the informed decision to not give their child these medications, the school basically ignores the child. If you have an IEP, be prepared to fight for everything your child needs on it. UM pushes back hard to get the child off the IEP.
My children love Upper Merion High School. They are in 10th grade and came from a small private school. I wish I made the move in Middle School. There is SO much more offered with classes, clubs, and sports. They are thriving!
As a former student of color at this school, I had a terrible time. The academics are subpar compared to high schools with similar demographics. The faculty/teachers/students are all from similar ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds which causes a problem for people who are different. After moving out of state to a top performing public school, I realized how much upper merion is lacking. There is no diversity and a false sense of intellect here. Look elsewhere for students of color/intellects.
Very happy with Upper Merion High School. My sons graduated in the top 30%. Recently visited the HS & when asked by a former teacher how college compared to HS, their response - it wasn't the classes that were the challenge, but the amount of work outside the classroom to prepare for their classes and tests that presented the biggest challenge. Their AP classes helped them rise up to that challenge and put in the work needed in order to succeed. Had an excellent freshman year at American University.
so disappointed in UM schools! , My Daughter graduated top 10% from U.M and had all AP classes. She told me how unprepared she was in her freshmen year at Temple. The guidance counselors are useless and don't know or care about our children at all. I have a second graded now and he is not going to any of the um schools. What a shame!