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Brentsville District High School

Public | 9-12 | 983 students

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Posted January 30, 2014

The school pays a lot of lip service but there is little follow-through or cooperation from some of the teachers. I received an email from one teacher about my son's "lack of motivation." She went on to imply that he should not have been placed in her class. After getting my son tested by an outside expert, I was told that the expert had given me a diagnosis because he was being paid to do so. (Seriously???) By the way, the diagnosis was dyslexia, dysgraphia, and working memory deficits. He has an above average IQ and is not eligible for Special Ed. We had a 504 plan in place that was not monitored or enforced. I decided to go the home school route rather than continue the downward spinal. He is attending a virtual high school, has a heavy courseload, and is an A/B student. My impression is that teachers are focused on "teaching to the tests" and have no time to provide specialized attention or alternative assignments. Kids like my son fall through the cracks - intelligent but with learning disabilities that make the typical classroom environment extremely challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2013

The principal is cold and uncaring and her underlings are equally as unimpressive. Guidance is a joke. This school needs a major overhaul . Teacher morale seems low . I certainly think everyone would benefit from a complete change in administration. They actually have someone in admin who creeps on former female students...so inappropriate ! Can't wait until my kid leaves that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

We are new to Brentsville District High School and in the first month of school we have been amazed at how the community is so involved in everything at the high school! Nokesville is proud of their Tigers and the crowd at the football games and other events is proof of that. The upperclassmen have been wonderful to our freshman- not something you see very often! All the teachers are approachable and willing to listen. We are excited for the next 4 years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

My daighter loves this school! Her teachers are awesome and they really care about their students. She had an opportunity to go to a bigger and new school and turned it down to stay at Brentsville. I love the small community atmosphere. Everyone cares about everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

Unfortunately doesn't seem to care about those students that struggle to learn or need more motivation. Even with parental support, they seem to want to pass the students on and just get them to "age out" of the system. Special Ed is the worst I have ever seen, with admin and teachers denying basic rights for students to have access to mainstream classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2013

Teacher have high expectations for their students here! This creates a challenging academic program for all students. They have all kinds of activities too. It's a shining gem in the county!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2013

Love Brenstiville!! My child loves the enviorment. The school offers a hometown family feeling. My son really enjoys the spanish 2 class. He is excelling in the Cambridge program. Some of the teachers could be better but over all a great learning envirorment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

the football team may neeedd alittle work but besides that its a great school.it has a small number of students and the care you get is just great
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2011

This school is GREAT! A bit overcrowded, but then again, what school isn't these day? The Principal leadership is lacking, and some of the teachers and administrators are less than qualified, but, what can you do? Now the guidance department on the other hand, let's just say, I wouldn't trust them with any important papers, which means, they can't do there job too well. All in all, this school, though of course flawed, is a friendly and comfortable place to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2010

The school has been a very good foundation for the students here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

I love Brentsville high School. I'm a freshman and all the students there are friendly and nice. The behavior of the students are very good and our sports are pretty good also. The Cambridge Programme is very difficult and hard maybe even harder that the AP program. But it's really good for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2008

Brentsville District High School is a pretty amazing school. I just came from a total preppy, gossipy, crazy middle school and Brentsville is such a relief from all of the pressure. The teachers are great and the kids are even better. All of the teachers are pretty laid back making Brentsville a fun environment to be in. Even though our football team isn't doing as well as we hoped for, the sports there are awesome. In addition, its academics are pretty great. This school is actually known for its outstanding scores. It is true that the math program is not that great but that does not mean that the people there aren't working on improving it; because they are. All of the History teachers are superb, same with the English department. The Cambridge programme may be hard for some but I feel it is definitely fulfilling. I honestly love this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2008

BDHS offers students a lot of opportunities for sports and they have some very dedicated coaches. The new principal is very good. The assistant principals don't seem to be much help, other than being able to read policies from the manual and unwilling to think outside the box. The Cambridge Program is merely an end of course testing program that stresses the students out in May and June. Particularly those students who must also take SOLs and AP test in the same subject. They are slowly adding more electives; music programs are below average. There are some excellent teachers in social studies and science. The math department is deplorable and despite vociferous and numerous complaints from parents only a few changes have been made. It is extremely overcrowded with 18 trailers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2008

I started as a freshmen there in the 07-08 school year. I think this was a great, friendly school, with the small town hospitality. The sports are okay, with a small variety, but there are a lot of after school clubs. I think the history department was amazing. Although I would have to say, that BDHS has the worst math department ever, I think pretty much anyone would agree upon that. There aren't many electives to choose from, but the ones that are there are alright. The Cambridge program is harsh on the GPA, because of the fact that it is unknown to most colleges and IGSCE is quite rare in the U.S. But the curriculum was so strict that it helped improve my writing alot. I think overall this is a nice school and the people are amazing. GO TIGERS!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2008

This school is great for academics and is well known for that. However this school lacks in some areas especially diversity and size.Sadly i as a student have experienced discrimination in this school as well. This school is definatly too small for the amount of students that go there. The cambridge program is also a great program offered at this school however very few others school have this program making it difficult to transfer. Overall this is an 'ok' school but in my opinion it is a little backwords in technology,diversity, and in size.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2007

This is our Child's first year at BDHS and we have been pleased overall. Our son enjoy's going to school here, however I am also concerned about class sizes and the many trailers that they are adding in the future which will produce even more overcrowding and in turn the many children attending BDHS will not get the education they truly deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2007

My childen have been at BDHS for 4 years and, unfortunately, it has changed a lot since we began. On the positive side there are more opportunities for sports and the teachers are competent and responsive to parents. There are a few super dedicated teachers and coaches that are true standouts. However, the new principal lacks effective leadership skills. The new assistant principals seem equally inept and the school is losing the highly regarded reputation it once enjoyed. For example, they took in too many transfer students last year and have 6 trailers this year and expect 12 trailers for the 07-08 school year. Hallways and cafeteria are over crowded. Many students did not have a class for their first block this year and were forced to be student aides. Class sizes are large, 36 in some.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2006

I would definitely say that BDHS is the best high school ever. I started there this fall as a freshman. Coming from a small private school, I was very sacred of the big public high schools. However, Brentsville made the transition smooth and easy. I love all my teachers and I not think I could ask for a better education.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 9, 2006

I was a student at brentsville high and played for the football team as well. I went there my entire high school career and wouldnt have changed it if I couldve. I went to europe for my senior trip with Mr. Kitchen, Mr. Anderson, and Mr. Hanley who are all history teachers...they were the coolest teachers there, I actually learned something from all of them too! I would recommend this school to anyone, just check out the stats!
—Submitted by a student


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  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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n/a
Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
100%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
n/a
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students62%
Female students60%
Male students63%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracial50%
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English63%

Algebra II

All Students67%
Female students64%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Biology

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students89%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracial94%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English92%

Chemistry

All Students89%
Female students88%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Earth Science

All Students87%
Female students78%
Male students94%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English90%

English: Reading

All Students88%
Female students91%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial92%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students89%
Female students94%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial91%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

All Students72%
Female students74%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracial100%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students93%
Female students90%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracial100%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students91%
Female students87%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial83%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities78%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English93%

World History II

All Students93%
Female students88%
Male students97%
Black students90%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracial100%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

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

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Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

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  • Spanish
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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Katherine Meints

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  • French
  • Spanish

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
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  • Library
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  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

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  • Orchestra
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12109 Aden Rd
Nokesville, VA 20181
Phone: (703) 594-2161

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