Both of sons went to Brentwood High, excellent school - would not have changed to any private school even it was free tuition. Teachers are great, student mix is great - all around great experience. We were involved with things going on at school, made a big difference - parents that stay involved usually makes their children experiences better. A+!
Academically the school is incredible, very little students take standard classes. The average student takes primarily 2-4 AP classes throughout 9-12 grade, but numerous will take more. I have found that the math, and some of the science departments, struggle greatly. I have been very ill-equiped, therefore I am dual enrolling. Other than that there is very little bad teachers or outdated teachers. The kids on the other hand are extremely judgmental and there is absolutely no diversity. Most students dress, act, talk the same, which makes it even more competitive, giving it many pros and cons. There is generally no drugs/alcohol problems here, there is a yearly surprise drug test where they bring in dogs, and if anyone does or is using they usually get caught because the police is incredibly strict. Overall it is a great school with exceeding academics, athletics, clubs, etc., the only problem is with the arrogant students.
This is such an excellent school. If you are looking to be excepted by a high ranking college you need to go here. Although some teachers that have been at the school for more then 10 years need to be re-evaluated(or fired) most are very good and easy to learn from. This school does excel in almost every extra circular activity it takes place in.
I am currently a junior at BHS and I must say, Brentwood High gives its students a private school education for a public school price. I know a lot of other reviews say BHS is only athletically driven, but I am a student who's never played a sport and I find the classes I take (especially AP and Honors classes) to be very rigorous and extremely well taught. The AP and Honors teachers are amazing, but sometimes Standard classes can be brutal to be in (the less academically driven kids tend to be less polite and destroy the learning enviroment for everyone, students and teachers both). The way I see it, as long as students challenge themselves to take AP and Honors classes, the academics at BHS are superb. There are also a great deal of excellent clubs, with groups ranging from Forensics to Anime Club, and our band is excellent I hear. BHS is very safe; I don't see much drugs or drinking or bullying (though as with any school, there will always be rebellious kids). Definitely a great place to learn and get quality education.
The review from Dec. 29 has some incorrect information. The arts program in all county schools as a whole here are only fair. But the system and the school absolutely DO NOT "add on the extra to football." The departments are separate, and there is no "extra" in the county budget now anyway. Funding from football comes mostly from the county and from parent booster clubs to some extent. Also, the children are not the rudest in the state by any stretch. That comment is obviously hyperbole.
We have a student here and another who will attend in 2yrs. BHS is the best non magnet public high school in TN and one of the top 300 in the nation as ranked in Newsweek Mag. It is a public school with private school quality. The home values reflect that. Our student is enjoying and excelling here. We do wish there was a JROTC program.
As an Arts student, the school is simply average and focuses highly on athletics. When performing arts budgets are severely cut, they simply add on the extra to football. Everyone there is the same, and the school strongly lacks diversity. The principals are indeed excellent, but many teachers pick favorites, and it shows. The academics are spectacular, and I have no fears about college. Although, this school does have an excellent academic program, many of the students there are arrogant and have a reputation for being some of the rudest children in the state. The academics are amazing, but I would not send my child here.
Very great School. Im a freshman here. Im in the color guard and winter guard which is so much fun. Im in the special ed program here. The special ed and IEP people are amazing.
BHS is an amazing school...Kevin Keidel sets the tone for a wonderful atmosphere for learning and personal development. I now have 3 children at BHS and they could not be happier! Outstanding athleic programs as well as academics.
I am a parent of a Junior at BHS and have been extremely pleased with the academic offerings and great teachers. The principal insures that the school runs like clockwork every day. The students come from highly accoomplished and caring homes and are top-notch. The choral and band programs are just awesome. The students are given many travel and performance opportunities. This is a fantastic school!
I graduated from BHS in the spring on '07. I loved that school, and I loved the band program even more. Randy Box is a great band director, and he pushes his students because he knows their potential. I did marching band all four years in the percussion section, and the instructors are great. The teachers at BHS are great, but there are those few (like at every school) that can be to harsh, or not able to teach as well as they should. There are plenty of tutors at BHS if your child was having trouble in a class. There are a lot of options for parents that want to get involved in the school. For example, there is the PTO, POGS (parents of graduating seniors), office assistance, help out in the book store, etc..
Brentwood High is rated the # 1 public high school in Tennessee. The reason is parent participation. The PTO has a large budget and they meet it every year. Mothers and Fathers are very involved in their child education and it shows. They demand a lot from the faculty and if they don't perform they are told so. I have had 2 boys graduate from Brentwood High and they are performing well in college now.
Great school with quality teachers & a broad range of academic & extracuricular activities.
Great parent involvement, but poor teachers in general subjects for 9th and 10th grade. Our daughter is an honors student, straight A's for 10 years. If she needed instruction in Math, Science or English we would have been in trouble. However, the Euro History and Spanish teachers are exceptional. I completely agree with the previous review stating that teachers are kept for tenure reasons, even when they are terrible. My child's English teacher wasn't able to write clear instructions for any assignment-- we guessed what she was trying to say, just to complete the projects. My next child will be going to Franklin High, since I doubt the freshman and sophomore teachers could be any worse. I'm willing to gamble that they will be better.
This was my first year in Brentwood High School. I made so many wonderful friends from joining there marvelous marching band program. They have a few obnoxious teachers but there are also lots of great teachers who can help you out a lot. It's a safe school with very little violence. I'm looking forward to my next three years here.
The school building is the oldest in the county and was sinking this past year. It could use renovation. In addition to a deteroriating school, the teachers in some areas are not strong at all. That being said not all teachers there are incompetent; but overall, they could be improved.
Acadmically, one of the best in the state. Honors and AP courses challenge kids. Principal loves the kids; they know it. He needs more academic leadership to set high expectations for all students and teachers, not just the high achievers. Math department has reputation of old teachers who can't explain concepts. He has tried to purge teachers that don't reach kids, but tenure makes it difficult. Guidance department is understaffed and weak. Band, athletics, forensics, drama, chorus and many clubs are led by dedicated teachers. Outstanding! Something for everyone, but more effort needed to include more kids. Lots of enthusiastic parent involvement in extracurricular activities, especially for raising money for those programs. Parents step up to pay for things that the district wont. The many talented and professional parents are discouraged from making changes or innovations. Overall, a safe, positive learning envoironment. Students are generally mature, well-behaved and welcoming to newcomers.
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