Community

A strong, proud community

Although our schools are the focus of this organization, promoting good quality public education also affects quality of life, property values and has other less tangible benefits. We feel strongly that the entire community benefits.

You can help!

We are also dedicated to not only communicating the many positives in our schools and our rich multicultural community but to actively promoting and working on improvements for all residents.

You can help by using local businesses, celebrating the accomplishments of our students and residents and being proud of your community.

Background

Upper Darby School District (UDSD) serves an 8.3 square mile area located just west of Philadelphia that has approximately 89,000 residents. Fourteen schools – one high school, two middle schools, 10 elementary schools and one Kindergarten Center – serve approximately 12,000 students from Upper Darby Township, which includes the town of Drexel Hill, as well as students from the boroughs of Millbourne and Clifton Heights.According to the district’s 2010 update to its Strategic Plan on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Upper Darby School District serves an increasingly diverse student population: 41% of students are White, 42% are African American, 13% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% are Hispanic and 1% are other. In 2010, there were 877 Limited English Proficient (LEP) students speaking more than 70 languages, including Punjabi, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Albanian, Greek, and Urdu. More than 350 students also met the state criteria for immigrant status, and an additional 380 students had refugee status and/or limited formal schooling. In the past seven years, the percentage of students who meet the low-income status set by the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program has risen from 23% to almost 50%.

A nine member School Board of Directors administer the school system, based on the recommendations of the Superintendent. The 2011-2012 Budget was $156,279,450, which reflected an average cost per student of $12,615. The 2012-2013 Budget, which relied on a realignment of the elementary school program’s related arts curriculum and instruction, was $160,396,763.

Schools

Kindergarten
Kindergarten Center

Elementary School
Aronimink
Bywood
Charles Kelly
Garrettford
Highland Park
Hillcrest
Primos
Stonehurst Hills
Walter M. Senkow
Westbrook Park

Middle School
Beverly Hills
Drexel Hill

High School

Upper Darby High School
Upper Darby High School also has an Opportunity Center, which has a separate principal. No web site is available.

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