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K-8
Public
Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 826

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6801 Cottage St
Philadelphia, PA 19135

(215) 335-5661
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October 28, 2014
This school need to get inspect from school district is a lot problem of bullying and when u talk to the principal she said yes yes yes I will get in the top, hell no some of the Staff need to be change. And some one from school board education need to go and check why is so many bullies there, and why the hide the trash under the rugs. Shame of this school bullying students and teachers, no Some of the teacher are racist. And they said they will help and is a bullshiet my son try to kill him self because a bullying problem. I get in the top I taking him to professionals therapist. Because there no one give a dang. Is not organization no potentially to involve the student in activities or something. HAMILTON DISTON

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
I've gone to this school for 9 years. I have been here from kindergarten and I have to say that this year (2013-2014) has probably been the worst year. This principal is not involved enough and the vice principal walks around with yardsticks taped together. This school needs Mr. Shannon back! He had this school in line and controlled us. Their has been way to many fights this year. Most of the teachers here are dedicated to their students but can't tolerate the disrespect. I feel that any parents who want their children in a good learning environment should not send them to this school! I am a child who honestly can not wait to leave this school for good!

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2014
My child attends Hamilton disston elementary school. I am appalled that this school is even able to be open. There is a total lack of respect when you enter the office area to address a problem. If you ask to speak with the Principal she is always busy and no where to be found. You leave a message (or in my case ten Messages) and no response. I have never seen such an uninvolved principal in all my life. This school definitely needs to be investigated by the school board. You send your child to school to learn and you have teachers and parents getting into fistfights infront of our children. I may be the crazy one but this school is out of control. I will be making a call to the school board in regards to the current principals lack of common decency to avoid doing her job. Its appalling to me that these "educators" basically are doing nothing except collecting taxpayers money to ignore real problems that they have no problem bypassing everyday. If you cannot handle your job Please for the safety of our children, get a different job. The future of our world is these children, if you cant make a positive change PLEASE move on!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 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

- submitted by a community member
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

- submitted by a community member
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

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
March 02, 2010
its ok in school but some how its a weird school.but i love every bit of it.

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August 26, 2009
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May 19, 2009
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April 23, 2009
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December 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
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.

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May 27, 2008
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March 12, 2008
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January 03, 2008
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January 02, 2008
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May 23, 2007
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May 07, 2007
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March 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
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.

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August 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 08, 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
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
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.

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August 14, 2005
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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
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.

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April 19, 2005
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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.

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March 29, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
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
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
September 07, 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
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.

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Disston Hamilton School
6801 Cottage St, Philadelphia, PA  19135
(215) 335-5661
Last modified Disston Hamilton School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Disston Hamilton School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top