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Pittsburgh Brashear High School

Public | 9-12 | 8 students

 

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Posted June 4, 2013

My son is gradulaton this saturady .thank you to all his teachers and principles at brahear for a great four years witt out any problems
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

I think it is pretty hard for parents to judge upon what their child tells them that goes on at school. Brashear has wonderful extracurricular activities, and teachers that do care about learning ethics, and the teachers that seem like they do not care usually seem like that because the child does not care. As far as boredom goes teachers can only put in so much effort the student must complete the rest, this is not elementary school anymore. The safety at Brashear is extraordinary. I would say it is one of the safest schools in the city and maybe even the state. As far as the principal goes I would not say that I liked her or that she was the friendliest person, but she was the reason that our school was so safe and kept in line. Without her it would not have been as safe and structured.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2006

I'm not totally sure about the academic programs, my daughter is freshman this year and she has brought home a near perfect report card all 3 semesters. She is in the PSP classes and she states that she is re-learning material she learned in 8th grade at small Catholic School. I have never gotten a report/phone call fromany of her teachers. She has been falling asleep in her Civic and Science clases because the teachers are so boring she tells me. The extracurriclar academics seem wonderfull. Brashear has a lot to offer in that field. My daughter has been asked to appply for an apprentiship program from her counsler, because she knows that she is interested in becoming a vet. As far as parent involvment goes, there is none that I see. i am on the Band Board and maybe 3/4 parents show up. I've never been abelto make a PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

There is a divide in the quality of academic programs acording to the schools tracking system Students that score higher on IQ tests recieve far more attention than students that in fact may need more attention. Also there are elements of racism and sexism in the school, at least i have experienced them. I have a memory of sitting in an AP history class and skipping over women's history and slavery because it 'wasn't important', this is just one example. As far as extracurricula activities there are an abundance including several art and music programs.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 1, 2004

My son is a senior this year at Brashear. He is very bright, but has motivation and work ethic issues. I have had numerous problems with the school support staff this year, and overall have been dissatisfied with the school in following the attendance and discipline procedures set forth in the code of student conduct document that is posted on the school district's website. My son has a large number of unexcused absences which should have been brought to my attention after the 3rd day. I found out by accident that he had cut 13 days when I called to inquire about an early dismissal. I also had an extremely difficult time trying to actually speak to someone in the counseling department. No one seems to want to return phone messages. If I had the choice to make again, I would not send my teenager to Brashear H.S.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2004

The school is very safe. The teachers tend to care greatly about a student's progress. The Students get involved in activities and there is a lot of school spirit. Everything about the school is wonderful, except for the prinicple. She does not know how to talk to parents. She tends to talk down to them and usually hangs up on them. So a warning to parents.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

My son has been at Brashear for three years. It is well run, and the education is great. My son plays football, and the program is one of the better ones in the Pittsburgh Public School system. Highly recommend this school to other parents in the school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

I graduated in 1981 and was glad to get out of there. I remember a lot of fights, riots and teacher harrassment.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 10, 2003

Brashear High School is one of the better public high schools in the pittsburgh public school system I think. I went there and so did my sister and we both did okay. If the school is still open I think I will send my children there if isn't too bad as most of the Pittsburgh Public Schools are getting.
—Submitted by a former student


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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

292 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

293 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

281 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
12%

2009

 
 
20%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

286 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
74%
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 Students39%
Female38%
Male40%
Black20%
Asian18%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
English language learners10%

Reading

All Students50%
Female55%
Male46%
Black30%
Asian11%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
English language learners0%

Science

All Students14%
Female15%
Male12%
Black1%
Asian4%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
English language learners0%

Writing

All Students79%
Female82%
Male77%
Black69%
Asian48%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)55%
English language learners30%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 71%
Black 31% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Cafeteria
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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Pittsburgh, PA 15216
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