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About This School

Disston Hamilton School is a public middle school in Philadelphia. The principal of Disston Hamilton School is Roberta Besden. 819 students attend Disston Hamilton School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 49% of the 819 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Disston Hamilton School is 17:1. St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 36% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 31% 61%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Asian 3% %
Hispanic 23% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 73%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    this school really sucks students are very disrespectful to staff and are always fighting there is a lot of bullying . students are always out of uniform . staff dont really do good at their job . students like this school cause they know they can get away with it . but this school is horrible

  • (10 months ago)

    I go to disston and yes its not the best school I have grown up though sometimes I was disrespectful but now I know to behave but this school is trashy and the students are disrespectful and they always want to fight and the staff and teachers don't do anything about it some of the teachers and staff do a great job its not everyone and I feel bad for the great people that get mixed in with the ones that are getting paid and hardly do work

  • (1 year ago)

    I am really sorry to hear that the school has such bad reviews i when to that school in the 50's and i loved it.But i know everything changes

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with these reviews. i myself am a student at Disston Elementary. The students are disrespectful tot eh teachers staff and their peers. Everyone's cussing and always wants to fight someone and the staff mostly just goes along with it. Some people are saying "The parents should do it the parents the parents " I disagree the parents don't care. The school is absolutely atrocious and someone needs to bring order to the school. I wish I could go back to my previously attended school which has a higher-curriculum with teachers staff and students more dedicated to their work.

  • (4 years ago)

    its ok in school but some how its a weird school.but i love every bit of it.

  • (5 years ago)

    Teachers and staff are good but the horrid behavior and actions of the students that attend this school makes it a nightmare. My child has improved educationally but has socially declined since transferring to Disston. There needs to be continuous strides to improve the behavior of the students and parent involvement.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very impressed with Disston. The Kindergarten Teacher that my son has is to be commended. Mrs. Lehermann is very dedicated to taking care of my son. He is very challenging but she never gives up. I am also impressed with the principal as well. I think that my son is getting a great education.

  • (8 years ago)

    I totatly disagree with the postings on this site. I think Roberta Besden is one of the best principals I have ever come across and I have come across many. The parental involvement is almost nonexistant. I am an involved parent and have 3 children at this school and have been very happy. Yes some of the children are out of control but that is the parents fault..not the teachers. Parents must realize that school is a place to learn and that comes from home. Ms. Kelly Ms. Bromley Ms.Barcus Ms.schloss the Vice Principle is excellent as well. Mrs. Besden..another great(principle)Gym Teacher...great! I can go on and on. I attend all the home and school meetings and I am one of about 5 so all the parents who are unhappy why not come to a home and school meeting and lets make a difference for the better. Only we can change the system! Thanks!

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is bad and good. Some teachers are bad and some are good. The principal is sweet and kind but some teachers think they own everything.

  • (8 years ago)

    The teachers particularly those who taught my son in the lower grades are very dedicated. It seems that there is a problem with disciplining disruptive students though especially those in the upper grades.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is lacking every thing. My 12 yr. was falling behind the teacher was more annoyed than helpful my daughter withdrew all together. The teacher waited way months before contacting me only after a lesson was way beyond a 5th grader grasp was incomplete. The principle was unreachable until I brought in a lawyer. the vice principle is more than distracted during at least seven conversation. Distracted by the chaos of fighting students daily. the school had no helpful hints.

  • (9 years ago)

    The administration needs improvement. There needs to be disipline in this school. The students are disrespectfull. Some of the staff are very rude. There are a few very good teachers there that have been there for years these teachers honestly care about the kids and thats why they have stayed for so long if your child is fortunate enough to get one of these teachers then you are very lucky. My child will not be returning next year. I have found a much better school.

  • (9 years ago)

    We had an bullying incident with my 11 year old and I must say that the situation was handled immediately and to mine and my daughter's satisfaction. She has 2 more years there and she loves it now! She has excelled in class and extra curricular activities as well as became a member of the Disston Dragons. All in all I'd say they are making a turn for the better.

  • (9 years ago)

    I was afraid to send my child to Disston because I live on Knorr St. and see the kids going to and from school and the way they behave. Cursing fighting destroying trash properties mailboxes. My son now attends kindergarten there and I have seen such a change. The school seems to really be trying. They can only do so much more parents need to get involved. Parents need to disipline their children and work along with the teachers. The teachers do a great job and I am very impressed with how much my son is learning. There is always room for improvement but I feel if teachers and parents work together we could have an excellent school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I would not send my dog to this school to be trained. My granddaughter spent 1 year in this poor excuse for a school. I even over heard the principal use the F--- word in conversation with another teacher. I am glad my daughter moved to Upper Darby.My GrandDaughter has done extremely well in the U.D.School district.

  • (9 years ago)

    My children and i love the teachers of Disston. Unfortunately the administration doesn't support them in their teaching efforts. Also the school district does not know what they are doing. Which is added stress for the teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    There are wonderful teachers at this school but a very poor administration. As a result of a lack of administrative support student discipline is very poor school climate is poor teachers are depressed and frustrated. Student achievement is low.

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