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Brennen Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 773 students

 
 

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Posted April 10, 2013

i am a former student, but I moved to VA after 5th grade. I can say that the bad reviews can't be true. I was only there for 2 years, but those two years were the BEST. I LOVED it. Not saying VA isn't good either, but Brennen shaped me. I read GONE WITH THE WIND there. I was in ALL AAP. I was going to go to Crayton, to MEGSSS. Still, GO THERE. You will NOT regret it.


Posted January 25, 2013

As a parent of two students at Brennen for the past 6 years, I could not be more pleased. I have one typical child and a child with Asperger's Syndrome (high functioning autism) with an IQ in the "very superior" range. Both are in the Advanced Academic Program. They are so happy and love their school! The support from the teachers and administration to help each child reach his or her potential is unparalleled. It truly is a team effort. The academics and learning are at the top. But we all know that there is so much more to school than that. Besides the academics, the arts programs are top notch (the drama dept will blow you away) and every day you see volunteers, parents, mentors all giving their time and talents to this wonderfully diverse student body. My kids have learned lifeskills, had dozens of hands-on field trips and learning experiences, acted in plays, made sculptures, been colonial patriots, danced, written newspapers...I could go on and on. I cannot imagine being anywhere else! Thank you Brennen Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2013

With new administration, staff, and teachers, the success of BES keeps getting better! There's a strong social and academic focus on all students, meeting the diverse needs of the school community. The Brennen community is professional, well knowledged and caring. Parent involvement is phenomenal. Parents assist in tutoring, volunteering in the office and supporting teachers through a variety of measures. Parents are welcomed as a part of the school day and can often be found giving tours, mentoring students, and sharing their expertise. If you're looking for a school that focuses on student learning, creating thinkers and not just doers, one that sees parents as partners, and a principal who is aiming for the success of EVERY child that walks through the door, BRENNEN is the place for you and your family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 14, 2012

This is a wonderful school, but like most public schools, bad teachers do exist here and have for some time. Talk to other parents, The good news (or bade news if you really think about it) is that these bad teachers are well known and have been around for years, so are easy to find out about. It saddens me that I have to rate this school lower, because of a few bad apples, but they persist thanks to system that rewards bad teachers with tenure and does not want hold bad teacher accountable, nor reward good ones. Be particularly carful with some of the 2nd and 3rd grade teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

With a diverse group of students, a very strong advanced academic program, a very high parental involvement rate, this neighborhood school is celebrating it's 60th anniversary. Highly motivated and educated faculty and staff work with the students and parents to improve every single day. Along with a great PTO and actice School Improvement Council, Brennen enjoys super support from the business community and local neighbors. Now in my 8th year as a Brennen parent, I would say that children who leave Brennen are not only ready to excel in middle school, but far beyond. I love Brennen and would send my children here over ANY school in the Columbia, SC I had a choice to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The staff is very supportive. The kids are outstanding students. The parents are one of a kind!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2009

We have the best kids &teachers who are proud of the school community that we've created over the years!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 22, 2005

Brennen was the perfect elementary school for my children! My children were always excited about going to school and wanted to learn. The teachers and staff were outstanding, concentrating on each child individually. MY children's teachers still serve as excellent role models for my children. The students develop lifetime friendships at Brennen. The academics are wonderful, and the teachers try many teaching methods so they can get across to every child. My children and I love Brennen! There are many opportunities for each child's individual interests! Brennen offers music programs, art, after-school art, PE, drama, dance in PE, and many other activities. Parent involvement rates are extremely high at Brennen! Brennen is the best elementary school in the nation!
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for English/Language Arts was 80% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
74%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 75% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 70% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students86%
Female84%
Male87%
African-American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled55%
Not disabled89%
English language learners60%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

Math

All Students77%
Female73%
Male79%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Subsidized meals61%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled46%
Not disabled80%
English language learners55%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%

Science

All Students75%
Female84%
Male69%
African-American59%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%

Social Studies

All Students83%
Female74%
Male90%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%

Writing

All Students77%
Female81%
Male75%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled27%
Not disabled83%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina 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: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students82%
Female84%
Male79%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals62%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled36%
Not disabled86%
English language learners55%
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant82%

Math

All Students90%
Female95%
Male86%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals88%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled46%
Not disabled95%
English language learners91%
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%

Science

All Students76%
Female73%
Male79%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals55%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled36%
Not disabled81%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant76%

Social Studies

All Students88%
Female86%
Male90%
African-American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled46%
Not disabled92%
English language learners82%
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

Writing

All Students84%
Female89%
Male79%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled36%
Not disabled89%
English language learners73%
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina 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: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students83%
Female89%
Male78%
African-American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled46%
Not disabled87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant83%

Math

All Students81%
Female88%
Male76%
African-American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals72%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled39%
Not disabled86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%

Science

All Students78%
Female85%
Male72%
African-American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White89%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals86%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant78%

Social Studies

All Students75%
Female71%
Male78%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Subsidized meals57%
Full-pay meals82%
Disabledn/a
Not disabled77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant75%

Writing

All Students81%
Female86%
Male76%
African-American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Subsidized meals60%
Full-pay meals89%
Disabled46%
Not disabled84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina 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: South Carolina Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 53%
Black 33% 36%
Hispanic 8% 6%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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4438 Devereaux Rd
Columbia, SC 29205
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