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Disston Hamilton School

Public | K-8 | 819 students

 

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Posted September 5, 2013

this school really sucks students are very disrespectful to staff and are always fighting there is a lot of bullying . students are always out of uniform . staff dont really do good at their job . students like this school cause they know they can get away with it . but this school is horrible


Posted August 30, 2013

I go to disston and yes its not the best school I have grown up though sometimes I was disrespectful but now I know to behave but this school is trashy and the students are disrespectful and they always want to fight and the staff and teachers don't do anything about it some of the teachers and staff do a great job its not everyone and I feel bad for the great people that get mixed in with the ones that are getting paid and hardly do work


Posted August 11, 2012

I am really sorry to hear that the school has such bad reviews i when to that school in the 50's and i loved it.But i know everything changes


Posted January 25, 2012

I agree with these reviews. i myself am a student at Disston Elementary. The students are disrespectful tot eh teachers, staff, and their peers. Everyone's cussing and always wants to fight someone and the staff mostly just goes along with it. Some people are saying, "The parents should do it, the parents, the parents," I disagree, the parents don't care. The school is absolutely atrocious and someone needs to bring order to the school. I wish I could go back to my previously attended school which has a higher-curriculum with teachers, staff, and students more dedicated to their work.


Posted March 2, 2010

its ok in school but some how its a weird school.but i love every bit of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2008

Teachers and staff are good but the horrid behavior and actions of the students that attend this school makes it a nightmare. My child has improved educationally but has socially declined since transferring to Disston. There needs to be continuous strides to improve the behavior of the students and parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2007

I am very impressed with Disston. The Kindergarten Teacher that my son has is to be commended. Mrs. Lehermann is very dedicated to taking care of my son. He is very challenging, but she never gives up. I am also impressed with the principal as well. I think that my son is getting a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

I totatly disagree with the postings on this site. I think Roberta Besden is one of the best principals I have ever come across and I have come across many. The parental involvement is almost nonexistant. I am an involved parent and have 3 children at this school and have been very happy. Yes some of the children are out of control but that is the parents fault..not the teachers. Parents must realize that school is a place to learn and that comes from home. Ms. Kelly,Ms. Bromley,Ms.Barcus,Ms.schloss, the Vice Principle is excellent as well. Mrs. Besden..another great(principle)Gym Teacher...great! I can go on and on. I attend all the home and school meetings and I am one of about 5 so all the parents who are unhappy why not come to a home and school meeting and lets make a difference for the better. Only we can change the system! Thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2006

This school is bad and good. Some teachers are bad and some are good. The principal is sweet and kind but some teachers think they own everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

The teachers, particularly those who taught my son in the lower grades, are very dedicated. It seems that there is a problem with disciplining disruptive students, though, especially those in the upper grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2005

This school is lacking, every thing. My 12 yr. was falling behind, the teacher was more annoyed than helpful, my daughter withdrew all together. The teacher waited way months before contacting me, only after a lesson was way beyond a 5th grader grasp was incomplete. The principle was unreachable until I brought in a lawyer. the vice principle is more than distracted during at least seven conversation. Distracted by the chaos of fighting students daily. the school had no helpful hints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2005

The administration needs improvement. There needs to be disipline in this school. The students are disrespectfull. Some of the staff are very rude. There are a few very good teachers there, that have been there for years, these teachers honestly care about the kids and thats why they have stayed for so long, if your child is fortunate enough to get one of these teachers then you are very lucky. My child will not be returning next year. I have found a much better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2005

We had an bullying incident with my 11 year old and I must say that the situation was handled immediately and to mine and my daughter's satisfaction. She has 2 more years there and she loves it now! She has excelled in class and extra curricular activities as well as became a member of the Disston Dragons. All in all I'd say they are making a turn for the better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

I was afraid to send my child to Disston because I live on Knorr St. and see the kids going to and from school and the way they behave. Cursing, fighting, destroying trash, properties, mailboxes. My son now attends kindergarten there and I have seen such a change. The school seems to really be trying. They can only do so much, more parents need to get involved. Parents need to disipline their children and work along with the teachers. The teachers do a great job and I am very impressed with how much my son is learning. There is always room for improvement but I feel if teachers and parents work together we could have an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2004

I would not send my dog to this school to be trained. My granddaughter spent 1 year in this poor excuse for a school. I even over heard the principal use the F--- word in conversation with another teacher. I am glad my daughter moved to Upper Darby.My GrandDaughter has done extremely well in the U.D.School district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2004

My children and i love the teachers of Disston. Unfortunately, the administration doesn't support them in their teaching efforts. Also, the school district does not know what they are doing. Which is added stress for the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2004

There are wonderful teachers at this school, but a very poor administration. As a result of a lack of administrative support, student discipline is very poor, school climate is poor, teachers are depressed and frustrated. Student achievement is low.
—Submitted by a teacher


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
59%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
73%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
26%

2009

 
 
20%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
41%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
55%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
30%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
46%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students47%
Female41%
Male51%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female41%
Male44%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female77%
Male61%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female62%
Male39%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female76%
Male62%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students34%
Female19%
Male49%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Female31%
Male39%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students22%
Female27%
Male16%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female57%
Male69%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female59%
Male42%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students55%
Female49%
Male60%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female61%
Male56%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students49%
Female56%
Male44%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female74%
Male58%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students23%
Female23%
Male23%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students27%
Female35%
Male21%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic6%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 36% 71%
Black 31% 15%
Hispanic 23% 8%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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