WHO WE ARE
Located just west of the Philadelphia city line, Upper Darby School District serves an 8.3 square mile area of 89,543 residents in Upper Darby Township, Clifton Heights Borough and Millbourne Borough. The District enrolls approximately 11,700 students in its fourteen schools, which include one high school, two middle schools, ten elementary schools and a Kindergarten Center.
Upper Darby School District has a longstanding organizational culture that strives to provide an outstanding education for all students. A key strength of the district is the excellent working relationship among School Board members, central administrators, teachers, support staff, and parents. Points of pride include a District-wide K-12 literacy focus, outstanding Advanced Placement Program and Graduation Project at the High School, award-winning K-12 music programs, longstanding Safe Schools initiatives, innovative Special Education programs, and numerous awards for sportsmanship.
To provide a comprehensive and challenging educational program which encourages all learners in a safe environment to respect others, value education, and appreciate and contribute to their community as confident, independent thinkers.
The district's academic programs are based on the following beliefs, which were endorsed by the 2007-2013 Strategic Plan Steering Committee:
- All individuals are capable of learning.
- Individuals learn in different ways and at different rates.
- Individuals have the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
- Students are unique individuals with varied talents and skills.
- Successful learning experiences build self-esteem.
- Learning is most effective in a caring environment where high standards of social interaction are maintained.
- Education should encourage individuals to acquire knowledge and attitudes necessary to live in a changing global society.
- Critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making are essential life skills.
- Updates in technology necessitate continuous personal and organizational adjustment.
- Professional development of all staff is vital to meet the changing needs of students and to reflect current best practices.
- The educational program must meet the needs of all learners and be responsive to the needs and resources of the community.
- Cultural and ethnic diversity is a valued strength of our community.
- Society benefits when individual rights are balanced with the needs of the group as a whole.
- Quality public education directly benefits the entire community.
- Lifelong learning is essential for all individuals.
- Education is the responsibility of the entire community, the school, the family, and, most importantly, the individual.
Upper Darby School District
4611 Bond Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026