School Details

Brennen Elementary School

4438 Devereaux Rd, Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 738-7204
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 791 students 16 students/teacher (SC avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

83%
73%
79%
75%
63%
72%
66%
50%
63%
82%
73%
77%
83%
73%
78%

Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Richland 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
71%
77%
87%
64%
75%
76%
58%
70%
85%
77%
84%
86%
72%
77%

Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Richland 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
75%
80%
87%
64%
76%
63%
55%
69%
77%
65%
72%
86%
75%
81%

Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Richland 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Brennen Elementary School is a public elementary school in Columbia. The principal of Brennen Elementary School is Marian Crum-Mack. 791 students go to Brennen Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 36% of the 791 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Brennen Elementary School is 16:1. St Joseph School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 56% 18%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 30% 74%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 68%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    To the person who wrote the negative review concerning "some of the second and third grade teachers" I think you should not generalize. To my knowledge there was one teacher on each grade level who may have been considered below par by some but the rest are top-notch. By the way those questionable teachers are now gone so both grade levels are even stronger than before with the most competent teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (9 years ago)

    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!

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