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Broughal Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 575 students

Heart of the Southside of Bethlehem
 
 

 

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2014:
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Posted July 22, 2014

Dear parents, Broughal is on an exciting journey of transformational change. We want to provide students with a strong educational background supported by vast educational experiences. Broughal can provide students with an educational experience like no other in the Lehigh Valley. The relationships with various community agencies makes Broughal a cutting edge facility for learning. We invite you to experience the heart of the southside. Detrick, McGriff, Ed. D

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Posted August 8, 2014

My daughter is afraid to tell the teacher she along with her friend were being bullied repeatedly, she said "the teachers are not helpful." I am looking into a new school now. Middle school is one of the most impressionable years of a child's life. Involve your child in picking their own school. 1. To parents and guardians, tell your kids SELF DEFENSE! And be involved and supportive in their lives so they can alert you of bullying and anything else that's suspicious. Most importantly, take them serious and do not belittle them. 2. To classmates and friends and kids going to this school, please report this to your teachers, if one teacher does nothing, report it to another teacher or even your principal. Please be brave and stop the cycle of bullying so no more kids get hurt. 3. To teachers, please be tactful and use therapeutic communication. The ideal confrontation between kids is to pull the kids involved but what about the consequences afterwards? The bully may continue to target the bullied, calling him/her tattletale. 4. To my daughter, I love you very much. I'm going to makes changes to give you a much more better schooling than you have now. Thanks for reading!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2014

I been bullied at this school so I don't plan to come back next year but there after school programs are great.


Posted February 13, 2014

Broughal Middle School use to be the most homely school ever, where alumni could come back with open arms. Now it feels as if you walked into a prison. The students at Broughal Middle School have never been a problem. Myself being a former Broughal Rocket, has never had a problem with students as people seem to throw out to the public. But now I have seen that the teachers, have made the school and the students seem like a prison. I am sadden that I come pack and have to see sad faces on these students. I am deeply hurt, that I thought I would leave behind a loving place, but to my surprise I see great sadness. Overall the school has went from 5 star rating to now a 2 star rating. I don't know what has gone wrong between the time I left and now but I don't like it. I wish I could feel welcomed back to my old school once more.....Thank You.


Posted September 30, 2011

First and foremost, every school has fights. I attend Northeast and was once at Broughal for 6th and 7th grade. Northeast is no better than Broughal. Girls in Northeast wear shorter shorts than young ladies at Broughal. And this website isn't so good either, because you can't judge a school by what some students do, because its based on what the parents allow their sons and daughters to do. But in other words, Broughal is indeeed a good school. Not the best, but certainly not the worst. If you want to see terrible like how most are describing it, look at schools in Camden, NJ. Not that is a bad place overall. So before you say a school is bad, look at some others and see what the grass is like on the other side.


Posted March 30, 2011

For all of you trashing Broughal. Get a life. I myself am in that school. I am in 6th grade. . There is no school better than Broughal. Take it from me. Ive been in many schools. Broguhal is a nice place. The school is big and has many subjects. For all you saying the principal is never in with us. Think again. Our principal is usually with us. Not every day because he goes to a classroom everyday. Broughal is way better than East Hill and North East. So stop being haters and learn the hard facts.


Posted May 25, 2010

There is too much of the street brought into the school., and from what I have seen a dress code non existant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

This is not a true rating ..Broughal is not a good school if your child is a true learner ,The principal isnt in tune with his student there not even a PTA at this school the guidance counselors are very helpful...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2009

Broughal is the best school ever!! I love it there and never want to leave. I am so sad at the end of every year because I have to say good-bye to my teachers. I love the teachers at Broughal and no matter what other people say I still love it there. So what if we don't ever have homework, do you know how hard we work during the day!?! And when I go to Liberty I'll prove that students from Broughal are the best! No one is better than Broughal!! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2009

The teachers are wonderful and very dedicated, so are the principals, they have a wonderful orchestra and band ( they won 4 prizes last week), the do not have lot of HW as one of the reviews says, but they do work hard at school and the teachers have wonderful programs on each class, they do have great after school programs too. About fights, well , that happens in any school too, its nothing to do with the school particularly, they have a police officer and assistants, and the principal outside to keep an eye on the kids. I've seen fights myself, and they happened several blocks away from the school and there's nothing that the school can do about it. I also know, about fights inside the school, but they know perfectly how to handle that situation. Great school! Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2009

I have a child that attends this school and can't wait to get her out. The teachers hardly ever give out HW the kids fight all the time. There is always a fight after school or even during .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2009

i think broughal is a great school .the teacher are wonderful ! the sports team is great. the kids are amazing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2008

This school is full of amazing students! They are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2006

I think that broughal is an excellent school. the sports teams are great, the classes are very educational, and even though many think otherwise, I think its a wonderful school. The children are wonderful, too.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

149 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

149 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
39%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


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, science 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.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

184 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

184 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
43%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


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, science 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.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

154 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

152 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
22%

2009

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
45%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


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, science 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.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learners13%

Reading

All Students45%
Female49%
Male41%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
English language learners0%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


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, science 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Female64%
Male48%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
English language learners8%

Reading

All Students53%
Female55%
Male50%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
English language learners4%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


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, science 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students53%
Female58%
Male49%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
English language learners22%

Reading

All Students50%
Female57%
Male44%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
English language learners3%

Science

All Students24%
Female19%
Male27%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learners0%

Writing

All Students50%
Female55%
Male46%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learners24%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


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, science 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 68% 9%
White 15% 71%
Black 14% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Marching band

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 3:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Detrick McGriff, Ed. D.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (610) 807-5909

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Marching band
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
More from this school
  • Broughal is leading the Bethlehem Area School District into the information age with a contemporary Wifi network and teachers trained to effectively use technology to enhance instruction.
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114 West Morton Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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Phone: (610) 866-5041

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