Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Overbrook High School

Public | 9-12

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

12 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted February 9, 2013

I am a former graduate of Overbrook High School Class of 1960. When I attended Overbrook HS we only had 3 grades: 10th, 11, and 12th. Dimner Beeber Jr. High had grades 7, 8, and 9. During my time, attendance at Overbrook High School was high. There were many scholarships being earned. My only academic problem was foreign languages which I never excel in, anyway. I took Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. I took Math classes and English and Literature classes and other social studies subjects and electives. Students during my time came to school eager to LEARN. We dressed clean and with decent clothing even if we were not from wealthy families. We wore real leather shoes and sneakers were only permitted in the gym during gym class. Girls wore dresses and boys were shirts with collars - no tee-shirts. Jeans were considered as work clothing. We wore man's slacks. The teachers were dedicated and went out of their way to explain the subject matter so the students could understand it. The cooks in the lunchroom prepared real food's daily. It was good and only costs 35 cents a meal. I can still sing our school song today at 70 years of age!


Posted December 18, 2011

The worst school ever. No one shows respect for no one. The staff acts as if all the students are the same. I was sitting in the teachers planning room reading Just Say No, and a staff member told me to go to class. I had lunch at the time so I decided that I just wAnted to chill and read a book upstairs. So I get up to head to the lunchroom and I hear 2 people talking about my presence. "he wasn't reading that book, he just wanna be up here to play just like the rest of them." " yea I know those kids are all alike to me. They growing up to be in prison soon anyways". I turned around ready to scream back to the 2 staff members. But, I thought to myself. I don't scoop to that level. I'm currently attending over 3 college prep programs on the verge to graduating in 2 years. The teachers there are great but the staff are not.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 14, 2008

To the OHS Alumni who said there need to be a change in 'Urban School's'. I would like to say your wrong for saying that. It's some Urban school's for example West Philadelphia High School their under bad leadership their principal is'nt doing much to restore the moral's and value's that West Philadelphia High School once stood for. I can admit that Ms. Young from OHS is doing a preatty good job with what she's doing but like West Philadelphia High School she's not doing much to restore it's ethics. To sum it all up it's not about what school you go to it's all riding on the type of leadership your school is being ran by.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 4, 2008

I attended overbrook for 2 1/2 years. I absolutely loved overbrook....For all you parents complaining i wanted to inform you that ms. Young, the current principal at ohs is excellent....Not only is she a leader but she a mother to many of the students that are lacking parental control at home! ms. Young and many of the teachers there really care but your unruly children attend this school lacking morals and aspirations. I attended parkway high school located on 49th and chestnut for 2 1/2 years and i can indeed count on one hand how much support i received from the staff and the principal alone, who i know for a fact does not give a damn about whether or not her students graduate let alone make it too the next grade level. Before you go posting rude things, ask yourselve if your going to be that change!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2008

I feel that there is much to be done within this achool and may other urban schools. I am not in denial about what went on when I attended OHS. I succeded because I was always a good student and the work was not always very challenging. I am upset because when I attended this school, there was a lack of order. It was a horrible learning environment. We had no books which make it ifficult to study. All the disruptance made it hard to focus. I hope it has changed since then but let's get real there needs to be a change for our young people in these urban schools, because after all we are the future!


Posted February 11, 2008

Overbrook is lacking in quality leadership
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2007

To the perplexed parent who wrote that the school instills no moral values, I say you're in denial. Be assured that an almost daily attempt to get parents involved is done by the teachers at Overbrook. My class day consists of reminding students to take out their iPOD ear phones, stop talking on their cell phones, stop fighting, etc...again, in class while I am actively teaching. I have been threatened, mocked and called names. My efforts to teach go ignored and yet I still try. The interaction with many of the parents is just as unfruitful. Yes, we are here to teach; however, the behavior of the students as a whole is atrocious. Moral values are learned at home, not at school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2007

The dress code was changed to allow uniformity. This year, the principal has assigned four assistant principals for each grade level. Security has been prioritized for student safety which is also a plus. The curriculm is designed for the students to succeed, however it takes a village with caring parents and partership from private and public sectors. The sports programs are lacking funding for equipment as well as home field for the football team. Music and the arts are adequate. Tutoring and credit recovery programs are available as well as counseling from counselors and rostering staff. There are +++ and ----, however if your child has the ability to follow the rules, complete homework and classroom assignments, they will succeed. The principal does invite parent participation since the funding was eliminated for parent/grandparent scholars. If the funding was available, the old Overbrook with all the magnet programs could be a reality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2007

I Think that the school is failing our children. This school provides nothing more that a day care for our youth and instills no moral values. The staff are unprofessional and un-available to the parents. The Principle is one whom has a vision, but that is not enough for today, the long term planning must include the children attending this school now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2005

I beleive the academic programs offered in the higher level curriculums are adequate, however a student has to be in those higher curriculums to receive it. Otherwise the course of study is slow, behind and not all-encompassing. The music and arts program is still one of the best in the city. The school could be safer. The teachers exhibit a level of apathy that leaves student on their own for the most part. The students that fight to learn, will. . .those that dont wont. Sports programs are average for inner city. All the basics are offered.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 12, 2005

The physical plant is much in need of repair. The drapes in the auditorium are rusty black, heavy with dirt, and do little to add to the cheerfulness of the hall. The bathrooms are dirty, have balls of dried toilet tissue hanging from the ceiling. Most of the office staff determine whether or not they will wait on you, based on your clothing. If you are dressed in business attire, you get their immediate attention. If you are dressed casually, it is not unusual for you to wait unattended at the counter for over 20 minutes. They assume that you are a parent, who are only a level or so higher than the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2003

Overbrook, was one of the best schools around when I was a student. Parents were trying to get children from other districts to attend. I was shocked to find the reading and math scores are so low.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

223 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
15%

2009

 
 
14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

226 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
24%

2009

 
 
15%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
2%

2010

 
 
3%

2009

 
 
1%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

157 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
62%
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 Students11%
Female7%
Male15%
Black12%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students18%
Female19%
Male17%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students0%
Female0%
Male0%
Black0%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students50%
Female58%
Male41%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 97% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
White 1% 71%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Dance teacher(s)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school officials and community members.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

5898 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: (215) 581-5507

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools



Loving Care Academy
Philadelphia, PA


Jameson Christian Academy
Philadelphia, PA


Episcopal Academy
Merion Station, PA



ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT