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Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School

Charter | 9-12 | 424 students

Our school is best known for coursework for college preparation.
 
 

 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 25 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted June 22, 2014

My son has just finished 9th grade. I was skeptical about the school at the beginning(coming from private schools) ect... But I am pleased to say, that Brooks has exceeded my expectations. This is literally a private school w/out the tuition. The academics are challenging, the behavior system is disciplined and respectful, and the teachers and students have fun in the process. I couldn't ask for a better high school!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2014

My daughter hated reading when she started at Brooks, today she purchased her third novel to read in the past few weeks with her own money! She also received a 4 on her reading FCAT, the teachers are awesome and we both love the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

I feel comfortable to send my kids to BDCH because faculty communicate with parents very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

Education is one of the most important things I can provide for my children. Brooks Debartolo has provided a rigorous education program that is fostered in a mall environment with loving teachers and staff. My children are recognized as individuals and have been ale yo flourish in the environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

Brooks Debartolo provides above average education in a structured, disciplined environment. Our daughter has thrived and her grades have improved dramatically during her time at Brooks Debartolo. Most of her teachers offer challenging schoolwork and homework. Her opportunities in her college search are a direct result of the education she is receiving at Brooks Debartolo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

Brooks Debartolo Collegate High School is an amazing school in many ways. It provides our children with a quality education that far exceeds other schools in our area. The teachers are caring, gifted and use evidenced based practices in their instruction. We are also thrilled with the opportunity of dual enrollment with our local college. This is an opportunity for our children's future like no other! And the principal and admin really cares about the children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Challenging classes, a smaller environment than our local high school, a staff that knows your son/daughter's name, and they are ALWAYS there for extra help and tutoring. We are so happy and proud to be a part of the Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

A great school. The approach to learning is focused and the new principal is working out just fine. There are some problem students, and I don't understand why they are kept in the school since there is a waiting list for students that would love to go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Brooks Debartolo is a os excelente School My son is currently a sophomore and he is not only doing dual enrollment and ap classes at this pace he can graduate early. The staff is very supportive and work with each student to make sure they are on the correct path to graduation and for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Dual Enrollment allows students to take actual college classes with college credit. It is a small charter school focused on academics. My daughter is in 9th grade and loves the school environment. It is not like a bigger public school where students are part of the general population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Our son entered BDCHS this year as a freshman. This is an awesome school. It has a rigorous academic program with fantastic supportive and accessible teachers and staff. Its smallness (approx 400 students) allows for individual attention and a real sense of community. And, while it may not have all of the sports that other schools have, it does have a bowling team!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Having attended a, now 100+ year old, prestigious, private prep high school in Tampa 40 years ago I must say that Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School is on par with that school in the teaching staff, the administration, as well as all the supporting staff. I give this to school 5 stars in all areas. My daughter is challenged here for her college preparedness and we plan to send our two younger daughters here also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

This is the first year that my daughter has been at BDCHS, the academic curriculum went above our own expectations; the school has a great security system and also the student enviroment is very healthy. Also, the school gives the best level of collegiate education. We as parents are very please to have our daughter at BDCHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

This is my first year at Brooks and it has been a great eperience. I like how the teachers are involve in us, the students. The academics at my school are great that we are able to be one of the "A" rated schools in Hillsborough County. Besides the academics it would be good to have a good sports field to practice baseball, soccer, softball, and other sports. I look foward to my last two years at Brooks.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2014

I am writing this review as a proud parent at BDCHS. I am pleased with the education my daughter is receiving at BDCHS. My daughter has attended this school since 9th grade, she is currently 10th grade. She has had great success with her teachers they enjoy teaching at the school, she has exceledl in her studies. She loves the small class size, the great principal (Ms. Kristine Bennett) and the many new friends she has made. She is being prepared for college. Kudos to the teaching staff and administration!!! Recommend this Great High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

BDCHS was a blessing when we didn't want to send our son to the local high school and couldn't afford private school. They provide a private school education for free! The teachers are knowledgeable and caring. Even though the school has grown greatly in the past two years they still maintain control and familiarity with the parents and students. It's a great school. I hope to send my other children there too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Very good school with great vision. Students are motivated to do the best they can and they are encouraged to reach for their goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Brooks Debartolo is a great charter school. Principal Bennett is a natural leader and not only inspires her students, but also her teachers and staff. There is a focus on academic success with high expectations. My child has excelled at BDCHS. She respects her teachers and likes the small environment. Every teacher and administrator strives to know each student by name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

BDCHS has been a great school for my daughter who is just finishing 10th grade. She has been challenged by taking AP courses and whenever she has struggled academically there is always an opportunity to stay after school for tutoring. I have been especially impressed by Mr. Fernandez offering Biology EOC study sessions on Saturdays and by Mrs. Bennett's immediate response to any concerns we have had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

This school is a great alternative to public high school without the cost of a private school. It is smaller than the local high schools, but still big enough to have a decent offering of classes and extra curricular activities. There is a strong focus on academics and help is always available for those in need. My daughter really likes the smaller setting of this school and it is definitely challenging her. She loves most of her teachers and her only only complaint is that she has to wear uniforms (which I prefer).
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
46%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
98%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
61%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

152 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
64%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
72%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 38%
Black 28%
Hispanic 28%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 44%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/AN/A
Female 56%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 93%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Terrace Community Middle School
Trinity
Bay Area Middle Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 35% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 62% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 3% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Tampa
St. Leo University
HCC
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%67%61%
Master's degree 17%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 17%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Japanese
French
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • America's Most Challenging High School (2012)
  • High Performing Charter School by Florida Department of Ed (2013)
  • "A" Grade from FDOE (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Finalist for Non-Profit of the Year (2013)
  • Florida Blood Services lifesaver appreciation recognition (2012)
  • Golden School Award for parent volunteerism by FDOE (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

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
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 am
School end time
  • 2:40 pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. KRISTINE BENNETT
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (813) 971-5656

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Carpool
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Basketball
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Gardening
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Volleyball
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • BDCHS provides rigorous coursework in a safe, caring environment. We hold prospective student open houses once a month. Please visit our website, www.bdchs.org to view the open house schedule.
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
200
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
300
Students typically come from these schools
Terrace Community Middle School
Trinity
Bay Area Middle Schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Tampa
St. Leo University
HCC
College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Community college courses
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 35%
4 year college - 62%
Military - 3%
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10948 North Central Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
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Phone: (813) 971-5600

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