Bradford Area High School

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Bradford Area High School
81 Interstate Parkway
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701
Coordinates 41°57′36″N 78°39′37″W / 41.9599°N 78.6603°W / 41.9599; -78.6603
Type Public
School district Bradford Area
Dean Mr. Ken Coffman
Principal Mr. David Ray
Staff 13
Teaching staff 75
Employees 9
Enrollment 941
Color(s) Red and Black
Mascot Owls

Bradford Area High School is a public high school providing grades 9-12. It is located in Bradford, Pennsylvania, in the north central region of the Commonwealth.[1] The current principal is David Ray. In 2010 the enrollment was 941. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has projected enrollment will decline to 700 for the Class of 2020.[2] The demographics of the students body are: 95% of the students are white, while 1% are black, 1% are Hispanic, 1% are Asian and 2% are American Indian.[3]

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Bradford Area School District's rate was 93% for 2010.[4]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations:

  • 2010 - 94% [5]
  • 2009 - 93% [6]
  • 2008 - 88%

Academic Achievement[edit]

In 2010, the high school was in Making Progress: in School Improvement I AYP status. In 2009, the school was in School Improvement I due to low student achievement.[7]

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 72% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders on grade level.[8]
  • 2009 - 64%, State - 65% [9]
  • 2008 - 60%, State - 65% [10]
11th Grade Math:
  • 2010 - 82% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[11]

2009 - 45%, State - 56% 2008 - 51%, State - 56%

11th Grade Science:
  • 2010 - 33% on grade level. State - 39% of 11th graders were on grade level.
  • 2009 - 29%, State - 40% [12]
  • 2008 - 47%, State - 39%

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 19% of the Bradford Area School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[13]

Dual enrollment[edit]

The high school offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards both high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[14] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[15] The Pennsylvania College Credit Transfer System reported in 2009, that students saved nearly $35.4 million by having their transferred credits count towards a degree under the new system.[16]

For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $15699 for the program.[17]

Graduation requirements[edit]

The Bradford Area School Board has determined that a high school student must earn 25.8 credits in order to graduate, including: English 4 credits, Social Studies 4 credits, Mathematics 4 credits, Science 3 credits, Physical Education 1.6 credits, Health 0.6 credit,Freshman seminar 0.6 credit and 8 elective credits. All high school students must take a full year - 1 unit English course to meet their annual one credit requirement for graduation.[18] The fourth year of high school is not required for graduation if a student has completed all requirements for graduation and attends a postsecondary institution as a full-time student.

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[19] Bradford Area High School graduation project has two parts: a written part and an oral presentation.

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating classes of 2016, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams. Students’ Keystone Exam scores count for at least one-third of the final course grade.[20]


The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports. Eligibility to participate is determined by school board policy.[21][22]

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[23]


Bradford Area participates in PIAA District IX (9)

Sport Name Boys Girls
Baseball / Softball Class AAA Class AAA
Basketball Class AAA Class AAA
Cross Country Class AAA Class AAA
Football Class AAA
Golf Class AAAA Class AAAA
Soccer Class AA Class AA
Swimming and Diving Class AAA Class AAA
Tennis Class AAA Class AAA (Team)
Track and Field Class AA Class AA
Volleyball Class AA
Wrestling Class AAA

The athletics program has produced two known professional baseball players, Ben Copeland and Zachary Foster.[24] The athletics program excels in their region and has graduated numerous athletes that have signed National Letters of Intent to play NCAA Division II and III sports at prestigious universities.


  1. ^ Great Schools
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (July 2010). "Enrollments and Projections by LEA,". 
  3. ^ Public School Review
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Bradford Area School District District AYP Data Table". 
  6. ^ Bradford Area School District Report Card 2009
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "BRADFORD AREA High School - School AYP Overview". 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "BRADFORD AREA High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010" (PDF). 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Pennsylvania PSSA and AYP Results 2009". 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  12. ^ The Times-Tribune (2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 Science PSSA results,". 
  13. ^ Pennsylvania College Remediation Report
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Dual Enrollment Guidelines". 
  15. ^ Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (March 2010). "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement". 
  16. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (April 29, 2010). "PA College Credit Transfer System Makes Higher Education More Affordable, Accessible,". 
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2009). "Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10.". 
  18. ^ Bradford Area School District Administration (2010). "Bradford Area School District Graduation Requirements Student Handbook" (PDF). 
  19. ^ "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview". 
  21. ^ Bradford Area School District Board (December 11, 2006). "Extracurriculars Policy 122". 
  22. ^ Bradford Area School District Board (January 12, 2009). "Interscholastic Athletics Policy 123". 
  23. ^ Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities,". 
  24. ^ The Baseball Cube

Coordinates: 41°57′36″N 78°39′37″W / 41.9599°N 78.6603°W / 41.9599; -78.6603