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Brandon High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1468 students


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Posted July 3, 2012

My daughter attended Brandon HS starting her Sophmore year. Previously she attended Pearl HS. Brandon HS is all about their sport programs. They spend little to no money on Band, or Arts programs. This could be due to the fact that they have to share funds with all the other schools in Rankin County. The band program was so bad, that my daughter dropped out. Previously she was 2nd chair out of 35 clarinets at Pearl High. In some of her classes, students were allowed to text and use their cell phones. In one of her classes, the teacher surfed the internet almost every day. I was checking out my daughter from school one day and I witnessed a couple of students checking theirselves out without a parent, etc. Students are allowed to leave the campus at lunch time to travel into town to eat. It seemed like a school with no rules. If you have a choice of the two schools, go with Pearl High School. They have much more to offer. Brandon High School is like a brand name tennis shoe. You are paying for the name.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 18, 2012

We moved to Brandon to get my son into this school starting in 9th grade. He was passing in his last school, but got Ds and Fs all the way through 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. He dropped out in 12th grade because he would have been 4 credits short on being able to graduate and even one class that he was supposed to have had in 9th grade, he had never even taken, so he had no school credit for it. He could have taken summer school each summer to catch up, but we never received his report cards until after summer school had already started.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 8, 2011

I am glad that my child is out of this school. This school continues to rest on its laurels, and is not nearly the quality school that it once was. The principal spends most of his time hunkered away in his office, and has little or no contact with students or faculty. The only effective administrator has recently retired. There is a deficiency in the depth of foreign languages offered by the school. Students are not encouraged to strive for admission to selective colleges/universities, and the counselors have been known to de-emphasize advanced classes. If you are looking for the best high school for your child, look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 7, 2011

The best experience I have had educationally and athletically. Brandon High School is where you should send your kids to school If you are moving to the area. Great staff of teachers that care about Students and their learning and administrators that are determined to see The teachers and school do what is best for kids.

Posted April 28, 2010

My daughter is a Junior at Brandon High and we love it. The school leadership is fantastic. Buddy Bailey has a great vision for the school and the students. They stay on top of everything. It is quite evident that they are truly concerned for the students as well as the teachers. It is a great environment for everyone. My daughter comes home and talks about her day and what she learned. She has felt comfortable enough to try out for new things, which says to me she feels safe and loved at the school. I would recommend this school to anyone if you want a good quality education for your child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 8, 2010

Strong teachers, but a good number of them seem to find it necessary to show students 'who is the boss'. Counselors and college counselor are a joke. My child has received little to no help in the college application/financial aid process. Students do not receive information on selective or out-of state colleges. Very political school, with a principal who has no leadership or management skills. This school is on a downslide.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 21, 2009

My daughter is currently a senior at Brandon High School and her experiences at Brandon High have been excellent. She has done well academically. My son graduated from Brandon High School in 2004 and transitioned well into college. He graduated in 2008 from University of MS magna cum laude. I attribute a portion of his success to the foundation provided him at Brandon High School. Excellent group of faculty and strong administrative leadership!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2008

As a parent of 2 daughters that have attended BHS I am very satisfied with the overall atmosphere at BHS. With Buddy Bailey as the principle I am certain that in a few years everything about the school will me an A plus. He is very concerned about the students and has a great vision for the teachers to teach at an outstanding level across the board.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2008

The change in leadership at BHS will be a positive change. The new principal has the welfare of the students at heart and has already proven that he can not only lead but hier a great staff (Brandon Middle School) The administrative staff along with Mr. Bailey will continue to have a positive impact on an already great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2007

The English and Math Departments at Brandon High School are great springboards for higher education, as well as the Science Department (depending on the teacher). The History Department lacks because the instructors are comprised mostly of coaches. Although BHS has a great athletic program, it is very political. BHS is currently getting a tendency to hire young, right-out-of-college teachers, which makes me worry because experience is the best conveyer of educational concepts. The other down side to BHS is the community - because the Southern Baptist churches are so heavily involved in the government and schools, students are impressed to frown upon questioning the conservative beliefs they believe (therefore they don't know why they believe it).
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 4, 2006

As a student at Brandon, I find the scholastic and athletic programs satisfactory overall. I am bothered, however, by the low emphasis on pursuits outside the sports arena, the infighting among faculty and administration, and the schoolwide 'let's-just-pass-the-state-tests' attitude. I also find it horrendous that the school needs five (yes 5!) 'principals' to run a school with merely one thousand students. There are, however, very strong programs (and excellent teachers) in the fields of history, science, mathematics, Spanish, and theatre/language arts for those students who take advantage of them.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 12, 2006

Outstanding!!! My daughters went to college fully prepared for the real world. The teachers really do care for the student as a whole. If parents think otherwise, they should drop in for a visit without notice and witness it 1st hand.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 13, 2005

Not only is the school full of bias politics but the teachers as a whole are rude and often ridiculous (with exceptions of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Blankenship). I do not suggest to anyone sending their child into this environment. And further more the day that my child graduated was the best day of his life.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 27, 2005

BHS is a very welcoming school with great teachers ready to teach the students what they need to know to get ready for the real world. They have an excellent principle who is always walking the halls with a smile. The only negative thing about BHS is that they're a few racial issues I have seen and TOO many fights!
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 17, 2005

Academic programs are outstanding; band program is very good; sports leaders are however very political and do not encourage multiple sport participation. and in the sports field, its who you know rather than how well you play.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 3, 2005

I am a BHS alumnus (class of '97) and am currently a doctoral candidate in a nationally ranked (top 10) Organizational Behavior program. I can unequovically say that my experiences at Brandon prepared me for future success. Excellent teachers at BHS provide the foundation for an unquenching thirst for knowledge and understanding.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 27, 2005

I am a student at Brandon High and I am deeply involved with the many activities that the school provides. BHS supplies many activities and events, along with great teachers that allow all of the students to be able to learn more than the 'required material'. The teachers not only prepare us for college but for the real world. ~Class '06
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 14, 2004

Teachers and administrators at BHS are concerned about the total development of their students. Not only their academic development, but their social, spiritual and community growth as well. This school provided a wonderful springboard for the challenges of life.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 19, 2004

Parent involvement? there are only 4 responses on this site. What does that say in itself?

Posted November 4, 2003

Brandon provides a safe learning environment and the opportunity to get a quality education. A young person leaves Brandon High School with an education commensurate with their effort.
—Submitted by a parent

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Writing - Informative Essay

The state average for Writing - Informative Essay was 97% in 2012.

363 students were tested at this school in 2012.




Scale: % Score 2, 3 or 4

About the tests

Until 2011-2012, terminating in 2012-2013, Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 63% in 2013.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.








U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 62% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 46%
Black 27% 50%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3090 Hwy 18
Brandon, MS 39042
Phone: (601) 825-2261


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