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South Brandywine Middle School

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Posted January 3, 2014

The only good thing about this school are the dedicated teachers. Bullying needs to be dealt with more seariously. My child's average class size last year was 32. The school is in great need of major repairs as all the CASD schools are. Some of the clubs need revamped. The most my child did in art club was paint the cafeteria windows for the seasons/holidays. The rest of the time he just got to "free draw". I know of other art clubs at other districts actually make the club fun by working on various projects.. In Animal Club, they mostly just "talked" about animals. What happened to visiting animal shelters? There are so many more issues but there just isn't enough time or space. I will end my review stating that I was very grateful for the awesome teachers my child had. They were dedicated and engaged in my child's success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

The student to teacher ratio is NOT 13 to 1. The average they use is so low because there are special education students who need VERY small class sizes and multiple teachers and aides. If your child is in a regular classroom, the number of students will be in the high twenties or low thirties.


Posted July 21, 2013

I have had two children go through South, and both had a good experience. Teachers were mostly above-average, but, as with any public school, some were not so great. Guidance department was great, considering how overwhelmed they are. Not an overwhelming amount of homework and plenty of clubs and other activities. The district needs to lobby for more money to bring back languages, which, sadly, had to be cut recently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2007

South is a great school with great teachers...some teachers are young who connect with our me and my friends. I have been on the honor roll since 6th grade. I am now in 8th. South has a lot of sports just brought back. They also have a lot of clubs. Keep up the good work South Brandywine!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2007

I feel South Brandywine Middle School was a great learning experience. While my two oldest sons went to North Brandywine, my two younger children went to South. South has more discipline and is steering the kids in the right direction. Keep it up South.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

I think South Brandywine gets a bad name.... My daughter is a 7th grader there... She's had no problems. She is on honor roll and I do have to speak to her teachers about boosting her to the next level... but they have always been very supportive. The teachers I have dealt with have been very nice, and seem committed to the kids. Mr. Harre, Mr. Pearson, Ms. Smith. +++ I think they do need more extracurricular activities, More computer oriented studies, more parent participation... A new school building would be wonderful... and is really needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

I have 2 children in SBMS and find it disorganized and that the teacher's are not very attentive to the children's needs. The school definitely needs a makeover as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

South Brandywine provides a solid educational foundation for high school. The teachers are dedicated and accessible, and the school promotes good learning habits. The music and sports programs are good and well attended. Outside of music and sports, there weren't a lot of extracurricular activities available. Also, there is no second language learning in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2004

My daughter is a seventh grader at SBMS. She was taught things in her science class that I was taught as an undergraduate. I think the teaching staff is excellent. She has already grasped a lot of geometry fundamentals and will begin algebra in 8th grade next year as her full math curriculum. I truly can't say enough about the dedication of the teachers. Anyone who is not doing well is simply not taking advantage of all there is to offer. She easily scored a 92 in her state-mandated language skills part of the exam. The amount of extra-curricular activities is broad-based. I would also like to add that she has been tested twice and is not a gifted student, just a hard worker with parents who take an active part in steering her in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

The only thing I can say about this school is this: I have one daughter in 6th grade at South Brandywine, and another daughter in 5th grade at a charter school. My 5th grader is being taught things that my 6th grader has NOT been taught yet.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

192 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

194 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
72%
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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
73%
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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

201 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

203 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

202 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
66%
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 Students87%
Female89%
Male84%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)69%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female82%
Male69%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
English language learnersn/a
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 Students83%
Female90%
Male79%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female79%
Male64%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
English language learnersn/a
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 Students80%
Female82%
Male78%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female83%
Male77%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female44%
Male53%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female86%
Male63%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a
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
White 53% 71%
Black 33% 15%
Hispanic 13% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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