School Details

North Brandywine Middle School

256 Reeceville Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320
(610) 383-3745
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 511 students 13 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

78%
81%
77%
67%
70%
69%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Coatesville Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
75%
80%
73%
71%
76%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Coatesville Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
73%
76%
79%
76%
80%
57%
47%
60%
71%
62%
73%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Coatesville Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

North Brandywine Middle School is a public middle school in West Brandywine Township. The principal of North Brandywine Middle School is Ms Chamise Taylor. 511 students attend North Brandywine Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 39% of the 511 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at North Brandywine Middle School is 13:1. Scott Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 52%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 34%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Multiracial 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39% 46%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    This school has a 40/60 rating. Although since going here has raised my grades from F's to A's there is extremely foul language used by students MANY allegations of criminal misconduct and extremely defiant behavior. The teachers at this school are amazing and I do come to learn but the students are another story. Not all or even half but some students are extremely disrespectful immature and commit acts that defy the law. If you are a strong person who comes to school to learn this school would be okay for you. Unless you don't report it bullying is handled very well and is not tolerated. If you have anxiety poor emotional strength or get distracted easily this school is not right for you.

  • (8 months ago)

    NBMS has been amazing in understanding and accomodating my daughter's special needs. I have had nothing but positive experiences here. The teachers' proactive approach to educational and social items I have not even asked for has been so comforting. We could not be happier.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our school has the most down to earth dedicated do anything for you teachers and staff. We are fighting financial issues in our school district and although there is not much to fund events the school has a way of making day to day life at this school fun and exciting. I challenge any school in the country let alone PA that can make horrible conditions seems uneventful.

  • (1 year ago)

    North Brandywine Middle School has been a great experience so far. The principal Ms. Taylor is very attentive and involved along with many of the other teachers. My daughter has advanced academically since attending this year.

  • (1 year ago)

    This District may have it's problems but many of the schools in the District are awesome. We have a very diverse group of students and the teachers are great. Our Principal and Vice Principal are the best and really have an open door policy and listen to parents and help with any problems. My son loves this school and is getting a great education. The music program is top notch. I hope they add more computer classes and bring back world language and shop though. The school is old but they clean it well. The PTA is the best and work really hard to offset the cost of field trips for all our families.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a terrible school district as a whole! The teachers/staff are only human. They do the best they can. However these schools have a very high rate of crime drugs and VIOLENCE!!! In fact my son was getting beat up in the bathrooms. I had to pull him out. My daughter comes home with a new horror story everyday about the violence. I just started counselling with her to help control her panic attacks brought on by this violence. With that being said the teachers do the best they can with the kids that are truly there to learn. Unfortunately for those kids though they are few and far between & fall through the cracks. TOO many distractions. You would be doing your child a true disservice by allowing them to go to Coatesville Public Schools - try a Charter School instead....just a suggestion.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff and administrators at North Brandywine go the extra mile for all of the students entrusted to their care and also the staff is looked upon as family. The atmosphere that is shown everyday is one of success is the key to the future.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a very happy parent of NBMS. My daughters have come so far. When they entered NBMS their test scores were low but with the fabulous teachers and caring administrative team my daughters are now scoring advance on their PSSA's. My youngest daughter can't wait to return to school because she misses Ms. Sober and Mrs. Young. This is the best middle school in the district. Way to go NBMS!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Since transferring to this district my son's test scores for reading dropped ten points. Education is not taken as seriously as my previous school district. I am looking into private school for my son so that he does not fall behind or end up average or below when he has the ability. And what is up with the homework? The homework levels are below standard. How are they going to prepare for high school and college.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think this is a great school. Aside from the pushing and shoving in th hallways and the foul mouthed people running around thinking that they own the school. There are many racial problms in this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    it is a great school my daughter finley understands math thanx to Mr. Fraterman i give it five stars

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is a great school it has wonderful teachers that teach them a lot and still have fun with the kids!1

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe students can receive a good education here only if they have the best teachers(there are many)and happen to be in the highest academic classes. Otherwise students may be subject to numerous behavioral classroom distractions. School could use more clubs and extra-curriclar. Nbms used to have many great clubs and a high level of school spirit. This has diminished for many years. The facilities are extremely tired and the maintenance and cleanliness leave much to be desired. Many of the teachers are young and freshly motivated to make a positive mark on the kids. Academically not much homework is given. No foreign language is taught. Most class sizes are huge while some are small due to inept scheduling.

  • (9 years ago)

    Overall I think my son is getting a good education at North. He had a difficult time adjusting his first year there as there are some pretty tough kids and there were some fights but his second year has gone much more smoothly. Most of his teachers are great--they are qualified and are genuinely interested in the kids. He gets really excited about some of his classes like his computer technogoly class and cooking class. The building itself is in disrepair but the school district has it on the list for rennovation.

  • (9 years ago)

    this is just the worst school ever. The children push each other into the locker in the halls and say very foul words. The teacher seem to do a great job the problem is many of the children are very hard to handel and the teachers must spend to much time with these students. Leaving the ones who want to learn till last - I feel that all is done that can be and don't want my child to miss out on a great education. Please note I went to Coatesville area schools. I am doing fine but do think things would have gone better in a better school. Right now 2005 the sports for the 6th grader is none! Yes that is what I said you must be in 7th before you can play any sports. Level of parent involvement is very low in this middle school.

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