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Brandywine High School

Public | 9-12 | 905 students

 

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Posted August 19, 2013

I loved Brandywine and, after graduating in 2009, I went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from college.


Posted February 27, 2011

My daughter, who is a hard worker and a senior this year, has achieved a lot at this school in 4 years. Most of the AP classes are excellent otherwise she would not have been able to score all 5's and one 4 on her AP exams. The teachers, including those who don't teach AP classes, are mostly very good. There are many students in her graduating class and in those ahead of her who have been accepted at excellent colleges including the Ivy Leagues. BHS has had 3 different principals in 4 years and has been through a lot of changes, but thanks to many dedicated staff, the school remains of high quality- I thank them. The future is looking brighter at BHS- one reason is that a larger proportion of high caliber students are likely attend BHS starting next year (due to a recent, more equitable policy in the district "School Choice" program.) I have 2 more children who will be attending BHS who may not track with the honors and AP classes. I am aware that their experience may be different and that we will have to be paying close attention to make sure they do not get "lost in the middle."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

I have a new foster child who started at Brandywine this year. We were concerned that after an evaluation of previous schools she would not be a Senior. After meeting with counselors they provided her with options of becoming Senior as of January this year. Yes, she had to keep her nose to the grind stone but she agreed she could do it. With the post trauma this child is having the school went out their way to make her comfortable dealing with the anxietys of starting a new school. With help from counselors she seems to be adjusting more than expectedHer grades started off with mostly 'D's'. Now, with help from the school she has a 'B' average. Beleave me this was an accomplishment that was beyond our expectations considering all the trauma. This school is the best. Could not have done it without Brandywines dedication to education and safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2008

I'm currently a sophomore to graduate in the class of 2010. Although I typically find Brandywine just run-of-the-mill, that must be simply because I have nothing better to compare it to. Brandywine High School is, however, an outstanding school that I feel is definitely preparing me for the real world and my education beyond my high schooling experience. They have a great level of extracurricular activities offered, and teachers are almost always willing to go the extra mile for their students. Brandywine High School is an excellent learning environment and even if we aren't perfect, we're one of the best in Delaware.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2008

My son had a choice, he could remain in the competitive IB program or go to the very competitive Charter School for his high-school years. He chose our feeder school, Brandywine High School. No, not because he wanted to stay with friends because he was never tracked with our feeder school. In Middle School he was in the IB program and Elementary School he was in the gifted program. Brandywine HS offered the best choice for a student who was both looking for high academic challenges and opportunities to develop his musical talents. He is an all-state chorus chair and participates in Marching Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Chorus, and Barbershop quartet as well as the school musicals and has had the opportunity to create a film club and 2 AP courses. I must assert, wholeheartedly that Brandywine is will above average as far as public schools go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2005

Academically, i love the school. there's a wide range of subjects to choose from. from the core curricular program to electives like forensic science. But, the only problem is the people who go to the school. there are too many scuffles between students, and the administration isn't forcing the concequences very well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2005

This school is great. I graduated from this school in 1998. It's very down to earth. The teacher's are there to make a living, but also earn every bit of that living. They care. The activities always kept us busy even back in the late 90's. Always great things to do in that school, always keep you busy, and off peer pressure.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 7, 2005

Academically I believe this school is one of the best in the state. There is also a great deal of extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2005

I came to Brandywine from William Penn in 2004. At first i missed my old school because i was around people i knew from age 10. Socially Penn is so much better, but Brandywine is a better school academicaly. Even though i will graduate from brandywine in 06 no school could possibly be better.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 73% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
52%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Female66%
Male59%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Other race67%
Low socioeconomic status50%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Title In/a
Special ed12%
Regular ed70%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students64%
Female67%
Male60%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Other race60%
Low socioeconomic status51%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Special ed12%
Regular ed71%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Special ed29%
Regular ed72%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students63%
Female64%
Male62%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status51%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title In/a
Special ed17%
Regular ed68%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English64%

Science

All Students44%
Female39%
Male48%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status26%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Title In/a
Special ed7%
Regular ed47%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 48% 50%
Black 2 43% 32%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1 4% 3%
Hispanic 1 3% 13%
Two or more races 2 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Simmons, James
Fax number
  • (302) 479-1604

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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1400 Foulk Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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