Overbrook High School

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Overbrook High School is a public high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serving 387 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Philadelphia City School District, which is ranked 494 out of 606 districts in the state and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger. Overbrook High School's student population is predominantly African American (93.02% in 2022-2023).

Overbrook High School consistently ranks among the lowest-performing high schools in Pennsylvania, ranking 617 out of 674 in the state for the 2022-2023 school year. Its performance on Keystone Exams is significantly below the state and district averages, with only 0% proficiency in Algebra I, 14.3% in Biology, and 37% in Literature for the 2022-2023 school year. The school has also struggled with low graduation rates, with a four-year graduation rate of only 77.6% in the 2022-2023 school year, and high dropout rates, reaching as high as 16.6% in the 2019-2020 school year. These challenges are compounded by the fact that 99.74% of Overbrook High School's students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

Interestingly, Overbrook High School's performance is consistently lower than the nearby schools in the Philadelphia City School District, such as Sayre William L Middle School, Parkway West, and West Philadelphia High School, which also serve predominantly African American and economically disadvantaged student populations but generally outperform Overbrook High School on academic metrics. Despite a significant increase in spending per student, from $12,181 in 2018-2019 to $19,428 in 2021-2022, the school's academic outcomes have not improved, suggesting the need for targeted interventions and support to address the underlying issues and provide a high-quality education for its students.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 5898 Lancaster Ave
       Philadelphia, PA  19131-3439


(215) 400-7300

District: Philadelphia City School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
617th of 674 Pennsylvania High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,428 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  18.7 Help
Number of students:  387

Racial breakdown:

African American:
93.0%
Two or more races:
3.1%
Hispanic:
2.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  99.7% Help


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Compare Details Overbrook High School ranks worse than 91.5% of high schools in Pennsylvania. It also ranks 29th among 54 ranked high schools in the Philadelphia City School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 7.57. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Overbrook High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (93%), two or more races (3.1%), Hispanic (2.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 99.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Overbrook High School is 18.7. 45 high schools in the Philadelphia City School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Overbrook High School employs 20.6 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Overbrook High School is $19,428, which is the 20th highest among 54 high schools in the Philadelphia City School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Overbrook High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Overbrook High School 617th of 674 Pennsylvania public high schools. (See Overbrook High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Philadelphia City School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Philadelphia City School District 494th of 606 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Overbrook High School

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Rank History for all students at Overbrook High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 0.66 573rd 583 1.7%
2004 0.83 576th 590 2.4%
2005 0.70 585th 593 1.3%
2006 3.28 582nd 604 3.6%
2007 5.26 582nd 615 5.4%
2008 9.61 571st 621 8.1%
2009 3.25 603rd 632 4.6%
2010 2.82 623rd 649 4.0%
2011 1.47 648th 660 1.8%
2012 1.52 643rd 664 3.2%
2013 0.83 572nd 591 3.2%
2014 0.48 564th 580 2.8%
2015 1.29 659th 680 3.1%
2016 0.76 663rd 677 2.1%
2017 0.51 661st 663 0.3%
2018 1.46 649th 673 3.6%
2019 0.81 685th 693 1.2%
2022 3.12 618th 634 2.5%
2023 7.57 617th 674 8.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Overbrook High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 15.74 570th 652 12.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Overbrook High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 26.46 191st 260 26.5%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Overbrook High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 10 2165 0 8 1 n/a n/a -1 2183
1989 10 2563 1 10 2 n/a n/a 0 2586
1990 9 2345 3 10 2 n/a n/a 0 2369
1991 8 2309 7 16 2 n/a n/a 0 2342
1992 11 2602 4 19 1 n/a n/a 0 2637
1993 9 2743 4 14 0 n/a n/a 0 2770
1994 11 2644 3 12 1 n/a n/a 0 2671
1995 11 2624 5 11 0 n/a n/a 0 2651
1996 11 2624 5 11 0 n/a n/a 0 2651
1997 15 2726 8 15 0 n/a n/a 0 2764
1998 14 2749 6 15 1 n/a n/a 0 2785
1999 9 2481 4 17 2 n/a n/a 0 2513
2000 16 2245 2 14 1 n/a n/a 0 2278
2001 10 2086 1 12 1 n/a n/a 0 2110
2002 8 1951 4 6 3 n/a n/a 0 1972
2003 8 1951 4 6 3 n/a n/a 0 1972
2004 7 1972 5 13 1 n/a n/a 0 1998
2005 4 1929 4 10 1 n/a n/a 0 1948
2006 7 2032 2 9 2 n/a n/a 0 2052
2007 5 1786 7 9 2 n/a n/a 0 1809
2008 5 1759 5 11 0 n/a n/a 6 1786
2009 6 1617 2 18 0 n/a n/a 2 1645
2010 9 1564 2 13 1 n/a n/a 6 1595
2011 10 1518 2 23 1 0 6 0 1560
2012 8 1348 3 23 3 0 7 0 1392
2013 4 963 2 22 2 0 3 0 996
2014 5 941 1 18 3 0 2 0 970
2015 2 746 0 13 0 0 4 0 765
2016 0 598 1 9 0 0 10 0 618
2017 2 551 1 8 0 0 7 0 569
2018 20 521 1 9 0 0 2 0 553
2019 13 455 2 6 0 0 7 0 483
2020 8 451 2 7 0 0 13 0 481
2021 3 417 3 11 0 0 12 0 446
2022 3 376 0 9 0 0 11 0 399
2023 3 360 0 11 0 1 12 0 387

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Overbrook High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2183 120.0 18.1 n/a
1989 2586 134.0 19.2 n/a
1990 2369 135.0 17.5 0
1991 2342 135.0 17.3 n/a
1992 2637 126.0 20.9 n/a
1993 2770 129.0 21.5 n/a
1994 2671 122.0 21.9 n/a
1995 2651 123.0 21.6 n/a
1996 2651 123.0 21.6 n/a
1997 2764 124.0 22.3 n/a
1998 2785 118.0 23.6 n/a
1999 2513 110.0 22.8 n/a
2000 2278 116.5 19.6 78.3
2001 2110 119.0 17.7 78.8
2002 1972 101.0 19.5 79.1
2003 1972 101.0 19.5 79.1
2004 1998 91.0 22.0 84.3
2005 1948 80.2 24.3 80
2006 2052 81.2 25.3 79.7
2007 1809 78.4 23.1 87.1
2008 1786 80.0 22.3 82.8
2009 1645 90.3 18.2 83.9
2010 1595 102.3 15.5 98.5
2011 1560 108.1 14.4 97.6
2012 1392 80.2 17.3 88.2
2013 996 59.3 16.7 99.7
2014 970 50.7 19.1 99.7
2015 765 44.0 17.3 99.6
2016 618 33.0 18.7 100
2017 569 38.2 14.8 99.5
2018 553 31.0 17.8 100
2019 483 31.0 15.5 100
2020 481 31.8 15.0 100
2021 446 30.7 14.5 99.3
2022 399 21.5 18.5 99.2
2023 387 20.6 18.7 99.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Overbrook High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 2183 120.0 18.1 n/a
1989 2586 134.0 19.2 n/a
1990 2369 135.0 17.5 0
1991 2342 135.0 17.3 n/a
1992 2637 126.0 20.9 n/a
1993 2770 129.0 21.5 n/a
1994 2671 122.0 21.9 n/a
1995 2651 123.0 21.6 n/a
1996 2651 123.0 21.6 n/a
1997 2764 124.0 22.3 n/a
1998 2785 118.0 23.6 n/a
1999 2513 110.0 22.8 n/a
2000 2278 116.5 19.6 78.3
2001 2110 119.0 17.7 78.8
2002 1972 101.0 19.5 79.1
2003 1972 101.0 19.5 79.1
2004 1998 91.0 22.0 84.3
2005 1948 80.2 24.3 80
2006 2052 81.2 25.3 79.7
2007 1809 78.4 23.1 87.1
2008 1786 80.0 22.3 82.8
2009 1645 90.3 18.2 83.9
2010 1595 102.3 15.5 98.5
2011 1560 108.1 14.4 97.6
2012 1392 80.2 17.3 88.2
2013 996 59.3 16.7 99.7
2014 970 50.7 19.1 99.7
2015 765 44.0 17.3 99.6
2016 618 33.0 18.7 100
2017 569 38.2 14.8 99.5
2018 553 31.0 17.8 100
2019 483 31.0 15.5 100
2020 481 31.8 15.0 100
2021 446 30.7 14.5 99.3
2022 399 21.5 18.5 99.2
2023 387 20.6 18.7 99.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Overbrook High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,016 (16.6%) $10,165 (83.4%) $12,181
2020 $3,049 (19.0%) $12,962 (81.0%) $16,012
2021 $4,063 (24.0%) $12,882 (76.0%) $16,945
2022 $10,629 (54.7%) $8,799 (45.3%) $19,428

Data source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Overbrook High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 685th of 693 High schoolsRanks 617th of 674 High schools
 7.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade Algebra I (Overbrook High School)5.20
 5.2%
   11th Grade Algebra I (Pennsylvania)63.334.1
 29.2%
11th Grade Biology (Overbrook High School)2.414.3
 11.9%
   11th Grade Biology (Pennsylvania)63.250.7
 12.5%
11th Grade Literature (Overbrook High School)8.537
 28.5%
   11th Grade Literature (Pennsylvania)71.565.3
 6.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students483387
 19.9%
African American455360
 20.9%
American Indian00
Asian20
 100%
Hispanic611
 83.3%
Pacific Islander01
White133
 76.9%
Two or More Races712
 71.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients100%99.7%
 0.3%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 387 students attended Overbrook High School.

Students at Overbrook High School are 93% African American, 3% Two or more races, 3% Hispanic.

Overbrook High School ranks in the bottom 8.5% of Pennsylvania high schools.


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