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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Upper Darby Senior High School is an above average, public school located in Drexel Hill, PA. It has 3,717 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 49% of students are at least proficient in math and 63% in reading.
601 North Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
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Upper Darby Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
63%
Percent Proficient - Math
49%
Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1100
741 responses
Average ACT
26
44 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$68,878
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,078
National
$949
Median Home Value
$182,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.49 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.49 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 141 responses
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  • Prom
    23%
  • Homecoming
    20%
  • Pep rally
    18%
  • Football Games
    16%
  • Musicals
    10%
  • Marching band performances
    4%
  • Pep rallies
    2%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,717
Free or Reduced Lunch
64%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.58 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.58 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.58 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,617
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.1%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.76 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.76 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.76 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,338/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.93 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.93 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.93 responses
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To be completely honest, the facilities at the school aren’t great and the classrooms are overcrowded. However, what makes Upper Darby HS such an incredible school are the teachers. During my time at Upper Darby my teachers were tough but they were fair. Many of them taught me the value of hard work and dedication. When I was applying to colleges and trying to determine what I should study, my AP US History teacher encouraged me to dream big because he believed I could have a real impact on the world. That was the push I needed to pursue a career in medicine. To this day, I still use the life lessons I learned at Upper Darby. For example, I learned from being in choir and band to always show up to meetings, concerts, anything with a start time early. I learned the value of dressing up and the confidence that comes with presenting myself well. I learned how to give presentations and exude confidence from my AP English Literature teacher. Overall Upper Darby was a great school.
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My experience at Upper Darby Senior High School was very event full. Although I had many ups, I experienced many downs as well. Being a transfer student from a small catholic school in 9th grade was a drastic change. From the large amount of students to the diversity of different races and ethnic groups. It wasn't hard to make friends at all, the students were very friendly and the teachers were very welcoming. Although I came from a prestigious high school with advance classes, I had to start at the very bottom when I transferred. I was wrongly placed in classes that were way below my academic abilities and I also felt like my counselor at the time just rushed my information because it was her last year and the school year was almost over. But I didn't let that stop me, I began asking questions and with the help and support of my new counselor, I was able to take the classes I belonged in.
I am a junior going into my senior year at Upper Darby High School. My experience here has been pretty good. The thing that stands out most is how diverse our school is. There are a variety of different cultures that not only make up our school but the entire school district. Our athletic programs are very competitive and we have an outstanding arts and music program. Academic wise there are numerous courses for our students to choose from. The faculty and staff here are for the most part friendly. I will say that some of our facilities could use some upgrading. There are tons of opportunities for everyone to thrive here, you just have to put yourself out there.