School Details

Overbrook High School

5898 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 581-5507

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1392 students 18 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Philadelphia City School District average
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Overbrook High School is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Overbrook High School is Ms Ethlyn Payne Young. 1,392 students attend Overbrook High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 88% of the 1,392 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Overbrook High School is 18:1. Overbrook School for the Blind is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 97% 56%
Hispanic 2% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 0.6% 14%
Multiracial 0.5% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 7%
Asian 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a former graduate of Overbrook High School Class of 1960. When I attended Overbrook HS we only had 3 grades 10th 11 and 12th. Dimner Beeber Jr. High had grades 7 8 and 9. During my time attendance at Overbrook High School was high. There were many scholarships being earned. My only academic problem was foreign languages which I never excel in anyway. I took Biology Chemistry and Physics. I took Math classes and English and Literature classes and other social studies subjects and electives. Students during my time came to school eager to LEARN. We dressed clean and with decent clothing even if we were not from wealthy families. We wore real leather shoes and sneakers were only permitted in the gym during gym class. Girls wore dresses and boys were shirts with collars - no tee-shirts. Jeans were considered as work clothing. We wore man's slacks. The teachers were dedicated and went out of their way to explain the subject matter so the students could understand it. The cooks in the lunchroom prepared real food's daily. It was good and only costs 35 cents a meal. I can still sing our school song today at 70 years of age!

  • (3 years ago)

    The worst school ever. No one shows respect for no one. The staff acts as if all the students are the same. I was sitting in the teachers planning room reading Just Say No and a staff member told me to go to class. I had lunch at the time so I decided that I just wAnted to chill and read a book upstairs. So I get up to head to the lunchroom and I hear 2 people talking about my presence. "he wasn't reading that book he just wanna be up here to play just like the rest of them." " yea I know those kids are all alike to me. They growing up to be in prison soon anyways". I turned around ready to scream back to the 2 staff members. But I thought to myself. I don't scoop to that level. I'm currently attending over 3 college prep programs on the verge to graduating in 2 years. The teachers there are great but the staff are not.

  • (6 years ago)

    To the OHS Alumni who said there need to be a change in 'Urban School's'. I would like to say your wrong for saying that. It's some Urban school's for example West Philadelphia High School their under bad leadership their principal is'nt doing much to restore the moral's and value's that West Philadelphia High School once stood for. I can admit that Ms. Young from OHS is doing a preatty good job with what she's doing but like West Philadelphia High School she's not doing much to restore it's ethics. To sum it all up it's not about what school you go to it's all riding on the type of leadership your school is being ran by.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended overbrook for 2 1/2 years. I absolutely loved overbrook....For all you parents complaining i wanted to inform you that ms. Young the current principal at ohs is excellent....Not only is she a leader but she a mother to many of the students that are lacking parental control at home! ms. Young and many of the teachers there really care but your unruly children attend this school lacking morals and aspirations. I attended parkway high school located on 49th and chestnut for 2 1/2 years and i can indeed count on one hand how much support i received from the staff and the principal alone who i know for a fact does not give a damn about whether or not her students graduate let alone make it too the next grade level. Before you go posting rude things ask yourselve if your going to be that change!

  • (6 years ago)

    I feel that there is much to be done within this achool and may other urban schools. I am not in denial about what went on when I attended OHS. I succeded because I was always a good student and the work was not always very challenging. I am upset because when I attended this school there was a lack of order. It was a horrible learning environment. We had no books which make it ifficult to study. All the disruptance made it hard to focus. I hope it has changed since then but let's get real there needs to be a change for our young people in these urban schools because after all we are the future!

  • (7 years ago)

    Overbrook is lacking in quality leadership

  • (7 years ago)

    To the perplexed parent who wrote that the school instills no moral values I say you're in denial. Be assured that an almost daily attempt to get parents involved is done by the teachers at Overbrook. My class day consists of reminding students to take out their iPOD ear phones stop talking on their cell phones stop fighting etc...again in class while I am actively teaching. I have been threatened mocked and called names. My efforts to teach go ignored and yet I still try. The interaction with many of the parents is just as unfruitful. Yes we are here to teach; however the behavior of the students as a whole is atrocious. Moral values are learned at home not at school.

  • (7 years ago)

    The dress code was changed to allow uniformity. This year the principal has assigned four assistant principals for each grade level. Security has been prioritized for student safety which is also a plus. The curriculm is designed for the students to succeed however it takes a village with caring parents and partership from private and public sectors. The sports programs are lacking funding for equipment as well as home field for the football team. Music and the arts are adequate. Tutoring and credit recovery programs are available as well as counseling from counselors and rostering staff. There are +++ and ---- however if your child has the ability to follow the rules complete homework and classroom assignments they will succeed. The principal does invite parent participation since the funding was eliminated for parent/grandparent scholars. If the funding was available the old Overbrook with all the magnet programs could be a reality.

  • (8 years ago)

    I Think that the school is failing our children. This school provides nothing more that a day care for our youth and instills no moral values. The staff are unprofessional and un-available to the parents. The Principle is one whom has a vision but that is not enough for today the long term planning must include the children attending this school now.

  • (9 years ago)

    I beleive the academic programs offered in the higher level curriculums are adequate however a student has to be in those higher curriculums to receive it. Otherwise the course of study is slow behind and not all-encompassing. The music and arts program is still one of the best in the city. The school could be safer. The teachers exhibit a level of apathy that leaves student on their own for the most part. The students that fight to learn will. . .those that dont wont. Sports programs are average for inner city. All the basics are offered.

  • (9 years ago)

    The physical plant is much in need of repair. The drapes in the auditorium are rusty black heavy with dirt and do little to add to the cheerfulness of the hall. The bathrooms are dirty have balls of dried toilet tissue hanging from the ceiling. Most of the office staff determine whether or not they will wait on you based on your clothing. If you are dressed in business attire you get their immediate attention. If you are dressed casually it is not unusual for you to wait unattended at the counter for over 20 minutes. They assume that you are a parent who are only a level or so higher than the students.

  • (11 years ago)

    Overbrook was one of the best schools around when I was a student. Parents were trying to get children from other districts to attend. I was shocked to find the reading and math scores are so low.

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