Behold the trappings of a modern education.
- the Olympic swimming pool,
- the student operated credit union,
- the horticulture center,
- the majestic auditorium,
- the food and hospitality class,
- the preschool practicum class, and
- the cosmetology class (I kid you not).
For behind the gaudy exterior lies a rotting structure of squalor and decay that houses the academic part of the school.
Upper Darby Senior High SchoolIt is unfortunate that you can't buy your way to a good education.
In the PSSA exam (PA's state exam)
48.3% passed reading (state avg: 64.2%)
40.1% passed math (state avg: 60.8%)
I'd estimate that passing the PSSA exam requires 8th grade level skills at best. I'm being generous.
The Average SAT score was 937. (55.1% of the students took the exam.)
The school is not making AYP under NCLB. The Whites and Asians are barely squeaking by. The Blacks have scores that you'd see in a typical Title I school (20th percentile).
The student population is diverse: White (58%), Black (28%), Asian (12), Hispanic (2%)
Supposedly 27.6% are economically disadvantaged (Household Income less than about $30k)