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Highland Park Elementary School

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Posted March 3, 2014

kind of like it but not that good you can get this school but i like this a bit so you decide if you want it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2014

I love highland park. I have read some of the reviews and I can not agree with their assertions. First, the principal (Dr Council) is awesome! He cares about the students, the community, and has created programs that help the students and parents learn. I am very impressed with his commitment to the school. Next, the teachers are great! My son did not know all 52 letters of the alphabet when he stared in first grade. After the first two months, my son was reading books from front to back. His teacher, Ms. Cleale was a breathe of fresh air. She truly cared for my son and worked tirelessly on his behavior and improving his literacy and math levels. His present teacher, Ms. Barrett is great as well and always communicates with my me and wife about his performance. My daughter, on the other hand, who is new this year loves her school. In fact, she hates the weekends. She loves her friends and her teacher. My daughter used to doze off when she was in kindergarden. Maybe because it was a half a day, but her attitude at Highland Park has truly did a 180. My daughter now wants to be a first grade teacher and works tirelessly to impress her teacher, Ms. Fullerton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

Highland Park is the best school ever! Far better than those ignorant, disruptive kids in Bywood and Stonehurst. My neighborhood is filled with Highland Parkers and they are all so sweet. For me, this school isn't very challenging but the teachers work hard and I learn a lot. The music programs are great and recess is awesome! For the parent who said the school yard is a zoo is completely ignorant. The staff out in the school yard supervise us and make sure we put our jackets on when it's cold. Although, I do agree that the principal needs to stop touching our hands because that's how viruses spread.


Posted December 12, 2012

It is the best school you can send your child to. It has lots of educational programs for kids with difficulties. the gym is big. The music teacher holds Theater Arts.


Posted August 1, 2012

I was hesitant taking my son from a private school to Highland Park, I was pleasantly surprised. The environment is friendly and my son loves his teacher so do I. My only reservation was academically students were not being challenged. I had to make extra work daily in order to keep him busy, I didn't mind doing it. But for a public school, I think Highland Park is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

I am Happy with this Highland Park . No complaints from me. My daughter loves this school she is very comfortable there.


Posted October 28, 2011

The quality of academics, activities as well as opportunities for parent involvement is top rate. This is a super school! The teachers are very enthusiastic and eager to help the pupils achieve. Many wonderful programs and projects are happening at Highland Park Elementary School. Truly a terrific school for your child to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2011

I truly can't wait until this school year is over so I can transfer my son. I pay almost $1,800 in school taxes and my son is not challenged at all. I have to make homework up because he doesn't have anything challenging. The teacher told me that my son is extremely bright and expected me to get excited. Well I know he's bright I need help in challenging academically and the teacher is not doing it. I just don't think they know how or they are afraid to leave their comfort zone. I'm afraid that when I transfer him he might be behind his second grade classmates. The ratings from Great Schools are justified. Totally unsatisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2010

I am not happy with this school at all! The school yard is a zoo there is little to no supervision. The over all test schools stink! It"s keep up or to bad, unless your kid is totally slow then they might get noticed. The principle is clueless and inexperienced! wants to high five the kids open handed and then send home a letter about how to prevent the h1n1 virus well heres a clue those 20 kids you just high fived getting of the bus more then have of them just picked there nose, coughed all over there hand or worse hmm no wonder so many kids get sick up there! as for parent involvement there's a handful and your either in the click or your not so be prepared to suck up or get shut out! diversity yeah is diversified alright forget about celebrating any holidays!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

I like Highland Park alot. My child is in the 1st grade and the teachers are very experienced and involved! The principal, however is fairly inexperieced and i insuficient in leading he school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

I like the academic curriculum and the diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

With Parent involvement, I have found this school 1000% times better than anything I found in Philadelphia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2008

Highland Park I love this school and so does my child. His teachers are upbeat and they care about all of there students .I would recommend this school to any one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2005

highland park has a great violin program that my daughter loves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

Highland Park is a great school for 'The Average Student', but if your child has special needs because of a learning disibility or giftedness (or both), this is not the place to send your child.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
65%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
82%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
71%

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 Students65%
Female68%
Male63%
Black58%
Asian78%
Hispanic75%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
English language learners50%

Reading

All Students68%
Female76%
Male61%
Black71%
Asian78%
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
English language learners22%
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 Students78%
Female71%
Male86%
Black69%
Asian100%
Hispanic58%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female68%
Male70%
Black54%
Asian96%
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female69%
Male73%
Black57%
Asian92%
Hispanic58%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
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 Students59%
Female59%
Male59%
Black52%
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female62%
Male57%
Black55%
Asian67%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students51%
Female63%
Male40%
Black43%
Asian71%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged51%
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

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 46% 15%
Asian 23% 3%
White 22% 71%
Hispanic 8% 8%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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8301 West Chester Pk
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone: (610) 853-4530

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