Brentwood High School (Pennsylvania)

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Brentwood High School
3601 Brownsville Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15227

United States
Type Public
School district Brentwood Borough School District
Principal Jason T. Olexa
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 434 (2009-10)
Color(s)           Blue and Gold
Mascot Spartan

Brentwood High School is a small, suburban high school located in Brentwood, Pennsylvania, United States, outside of Pittsburgh. It is part of the Brentwood Borough School District.

Local ranking[edit]

In 2010, the Brentwood Borough High School was ranked 34th out of 104 western Pennsylvania high schools, by the Pittsburgh Business Times, for academic achievement based on five years of the PSSAs on: reading, writing, math and three years of science.[1] in 2010, the high school ranked 51st.[2] In 2009, the high school ranked 25th out of 123 western Pennsylvania high schools.[3]

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Brentwood Borough School District's rate was 94% for 2010.[4]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations:

  • 2010 - 92% [5]
  • 2009 - 97%[6]
  • 2008 - 94%
  • 2007 - 97% [7]

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2010 and 2009, the high school achieved AYP status.[8]

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 74% on grade level (13% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders on grade level.[9]
  • 2009 - 59% (23% below basic), State - 65%
  • 2008 - 70%, State - 65%
  • 2007 - 82%, State - 65%[10]
11th Grade Math:
  • 2010 - 64% on grade level (17% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
  • 2009 - 43% (29% below basic), State - 56% [11]
  • 2008 - 60%, State - 56% [12]
  • 2007 - 73%, State - 53%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2010 - 44%, State - 39% [13]
  • 2009 - 34%, State - 40%
  • 2008 - 29%, State - 39%[14]

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 35% of Brentwood Borough 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.[15] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[16] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Graduation requirements[edit]

The Brentwood Borough School Board requires a minimum of 25 credits for a student to graduate including: English 4 credits, Graduation project 1 credit, Social Students 4 credits, Science 3 credits, Mathematics 4 credits, Arts/Humanities 2 credits, Health and PE. 1 and Electives 6 credits.[17] Additionally, the board requires that the student achieve a score at the advanced or proficient levels on the writing, reading and mathematics assessments of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) administered in the eleventh grade.[18]

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] At Brentwood Borough a students may focus on: research on a Curriculum-related project; a School/Community improvement project; an Entrepreneurial project; an Internship or apprenticeship with a local business or corporation or a personal interest project.[20]

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating classes 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 shall count for at least one-third of the final course grade.[21]

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 high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school, including the graduation ceremony. 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.[22] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions. 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.[23] For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $1,940 for the program.[24]

Disciplinary code and demerit system[edit]

The high school has a highly developed system from unexcused tardiness and public displays of affection to terroristic threats/acts and violation of the Pennsylvania Crime Code. The system is progressive and can ultimately end in expulsion from school.[25]


The district offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and sports. The school board determines eligibility policies to participate in these programs.[26][27]

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. The students must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[28][29][30]

Sports programs[edit]

  • Girls Volleyball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls Softball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field
  • Golf

Notable alumni[edit]

Referenced on individual Wikipedia page links.


Coordinates: 40°22′27″N 79°58′27″W / 40.3743°N 79.9742°W / 40.3743; -79.9742 On February 3, 2012 during a break in a high school basketball game between Brentwood and Monessen High School, two students in the Brentwood seating section dressed in banana costumes proceeded to run around the basketball court in an effort to enerigize the crowd. The students were then immediately ejected for going onto the court, despite the claim that it was done to elicit "team spirit" from the crowd. Parents from Monessen objected strenuously to the event stating that the banana costumes were intended as a racial slur against Monessen, where many of the students are black (of African descent). It was also alleged that the two students in costume were hurling racial insults at the Monessen players. Subsequently, the Superintendent of Monessen demanded that the two Brentwood students be reprimanded and the school officially apologize for the incident. After an investigation it could not be definitively proven that racial slurs were used. The WPIAL, the governing body for western Pennsylvania sports, stepped in to investigate further. The WPIAL board found no direct evidence of racism in the actions of the Brentwood students but advised that steps be taken to prevent future volatile events from occurring.[31]


  1. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (April 1, 2011). "Brentwood Borough School District - School Ranking Information". 
  2. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (April 19, 2010). "PBT 2010 11th Grade School Rankings". 
  3. ^ The Rankings: 11th Grade, Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools, Pittsburgh Business Times. May 15, 2009
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "BRENTWOOD BOROUGH SD - District AYP Data Table". 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Brentwood Borough School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2009". 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Partnership for Children (2008). "PA High School Graduation Info by School District 2007". 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "BRENTWOOD SHS - School AYP Overview". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Brentwood Borough Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010" (PDF). 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "Report PSSA Math and Reading by school and grade 2007". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing Results by School and Grade". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2008). "PSSA Math and Reading results by School 2008". 
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "BRENTWOOD BOROUGH SD - Academic Achievement Report Card 2010" (PDF). 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2008). "Report PSSA Science by school and grade 2008". 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report". 
  16. ^ National Center for Education Statistics
  17. ^ Brentwood Borough School Board Graduation Requirements Policy 217
  18. ^ Brentwood Borough School Board and Administration (2010). "Brentwood Borough High School Graduation Requirements" (PDF). 
  19. ^ "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 
  20. ^ Brentwood Borough School District Administration (2033). "Brentwood Borough Graduation Project Student Guidelines Booklet". Archived from the original on 2008-05-19.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  21. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview". 
  22. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Dual Enrollment Guidelines". 
  23. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (April 29, 2010). Report: "PA College Credit Transfer System Makes Higher Education More Affordable, Accessible," Check |url= value (help). 
  24. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10. August 2009
  25. ^ Brentwood Borough High School Student handbook (2011). "Brentwood Borough High School Student Handbook" (PDF). 
  26. ^ Brentwood Borough School District Policy Manual. (June 23, 2003). "Extracurricular Activities Policy 122". 
  27. ^ Brentwood Borough School District Policy Manual. (November 20, 2006). "Interscholastic Athletics Policy 123". 
  28. ^ Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities,". 
  29. ^ Brentwood Borough School District Policy Manual. (November 20, 2006). "Extracurricular Participation by Home Education Students Policy 137.1". 
  30. ^ Brentwood Borough School District Policy Manual. (November 20, 2006). "Extracurricular Participation by Charter/Cyber Charter Students Policy 140.1". 
  31. ^ Wolford, Stacy (February 23, 2012). "WPIAL decides against punishment in Brentwood-Monessen case". The Valley Independent. Retrieved 11 October 2012.