Brownsville Area High School

Brownsville Area High School is a small, rural public high school serving students in southwestern Pennsylvania, near the Monongahela River. It serves students living in the Borough of Brownsville and Brownsville Township, Luzerne Township and Redstone Township in Fayette County. In Washington County, Pennsylvania it serves the Borough of West Brownsville. In 2015, enrollment was reported as 510 pupils in 9th through 12th grades, with 59.8% of pupils eligible for a free lunch, due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. Additionally, 17.25% of pupils received special education services, while 4% of pupils were identified as gifted.[5] Brownsville Area HIgh School employed 39 teachers in 2013.[6] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of the teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.[7]

Brownsville Area High School
Address
1 Falcon Drive

, ,
15417
Information
School typePublic high school
Established1966
School districtBrownsville Area School District
NCES District ID4204080
SuperintendentPhilip J. Savini Jr., Ph.D. (Contract July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017)[1] Salary $115,500 (2013)[2]
NCES School ID420408004818
PrincipalJason Kushak, salary $72,000 (2013)[3]
Mr. Shawn Clemmer, Vice Principal
Faculty34.48 (FTE)[4]
Grades9–12
Enrollment471 (2017–18)[4]
Student to teacher ratio13.66[4]
Color(s)White and gold
Athletics conferenceWPIAL / PIAA District VII
Team nameFalcons
Communities servedBrownsville, West Brownsville
Feeder schoolsBrownsville Area Middle School
Website
Map of Fayette County, Pennsylvania public school districts showing Brownsville Area SD in orange
Map of Washington County, Pennsylvania public school districts showing Brownsville Area SD in orange

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2013, Brownsville Area High School reported an enrollment of 519 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 302 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced-price lunch. In 2013, the school employed 36 teachers yielding a student-teacher ratio of 14:1.[8] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[9] Built in 1961 near the Redstone football field, that building was salvaged and the new high school building was built in Brownsville in 2006. The building housed both the high school and the district's middle school (6th through 8th grades) beginning in 2010–11.

Brownsville Area High School students may choose to attend the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute for training in the construction and mechanical trades. Fayette County Career and Technical Institute is located in Georges Township. Students attend for one-half day, each day while attending their home school the other half of the school day. The school offers driver's education classes and dual enrollment courses in cooperation with Westmoreland County Community College.

The Intermediate Unit IU1 provides the district with a wide variety of services like specialized education for disabled students and hearing, background checks for employees, state mandated recognizing and reporting child abuse training, speech and visual disability services and criminal background check processing for prospective employees and professional development for staff and faculty.

Creation and historyEdit

Brownsville Area was constructed in the mid-1960s to accommodate students in the newly created Brownsville Area School District, which resulted in the consolidation of the Redstone Township, Luzerne Township, and Brashear High Schools. There was an addition in 1972. The school district closed Redstone Middle School in 2001 and moved the students to the High School until a $17 Million Addition/Renovation[10] process was completed in 2005, at which time the Middle School was placed into its separate facility.

Graduation rateEdit

In 2015, Brownsville Area School District’s graduation rate was 77.42%.[11]

  • 2014 - 83.73%[12]
  • 2013 - 78.40%[13]
  • 2012 - 86.78%[14]
  • 2011 - 77%.[15]
  • 2010 - 49%, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate.[16]
According to traditional graduation rate calculations

Opportunity ScholarshipsEdit

In April 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Education released a report identifying that three Brownsville Area School District schools were among the lowest achieving schools for reading and mathematics in the state.[20] Central Elementary School, Brownsville Area Middle School and Brownsville Area High School were all on the list. Brownsville Area High School has been on the list each year since 2011–12. The Middle School and Central Elementary School were both on and off the list over the past five years. Parents and students may be eligible for scholarships to transfer to another public or nonpublic school through the state's Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program passed in June 2012.[21] The scholarships are limited to those students whose family's income is less than $60,000 annually, with another $12,000 allowed per dependent. Maximum scholarship award is $8,500, with special education students receiving up to $15,000 for a year's tuition. Parents pay any difference between the scholarship amount and the receiving school's tuition rate. Students may seek admission to neighboring public school districts. Each year the PDE publishes the tuition rate for each individual public school district.[22] Fifty-three public schools in Allegheny County are among the lowest-achieving schools in 2011. According to the report, parents in 414 public schools (74 school districts) were offered access to these scholarships. Funding for the scholarships comes from donations by businesses which receive a state tax credit for donating.

2015 performance profileEdit

Brownsville Area High School achieved 52.9 out of 100; reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. The PDE reported that just 60% of the school's students were on grade level in reading and literature. In Algebra 1, 47.37% of students showed on grade-level skills at the end of the course. In Biology I, 42.48% demonstrated on grade level science understanding at the end of the course.[23] Statewide, 53 percent of schools with an eleventh grade achieved an academic score of 70 or better. Five percent of the 2,033 schools with 11th grade were scored at 90 and above; 20 percent were scored between 80 and 89; 28 percent between 70 and 79; 25 percent between 60 and 69 and 22 percent below 60. The Keystone Exam results showed: 73 percent of students statewide scored at grade-level in English, 64 percent in Algebra I and 59 percent in biology.[24][25]

2014 performance profileEdit

Brownsville Area High School achieved 68 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature, 72.50% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 52.07% showed on grade level skills. In Biology, 31% demonstrated on grade level science understanding at the end of the course.[26][27] Statewide, the percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in Algebra I increased to 39.7% to 40.1%. The percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in reading/literature declined to 52.5%. The percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in biology improved from 39.7% to 41.4%.[28]

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,134 of 2,947 Pennsylvania public schools (72 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher.[29] Fifty-three percent of schools statewide received lower SPP scores compared with last year's, while 46 percent improved. A handful were unchanged.[30][31]

Compared with 2013, the percentage of schools that earned below 60 declined by nearly 1 percent per Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq. She reported that this is an indication that student achievement is improving as school resources are being used better.[32]

2013 School Performance ProfileEdit

Brownsville Area High School achieved 68 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 71.82% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 40.54% showed on grade level skills. In Biology, 28.83% showed on grade level science understanding.[33] According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Pennsylvania 11th grade students no longer take the PSSAs. Instead, beginning in 2012, they take the Keystone Exams at the end of the associated course.[34]

AYP historyEdit

In 2012, Brownsville Area HIgh School declined further to Corrective Action II 1st Year AYP status.[35]

  • 2011 - Corrective Action Level II - 1st year due to chronic, low student achievement.[36]
  • 2010 - Making Progress: in Corrective Action II due to low student achievement. The administration was required by No Child Left Behind to notify parents of the school's poor performance and to offer transferring to a quality school in the district. No other high school is operated in the district. The high school is listed among the lowest performing schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[37][38] The school has been required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop and implement a school improvement plan to address the serious shortcomings reflected in the low student academic success.[39]
  • 2009 - declined to Corrective Action 2 (first year) AYP level
  • 2008 - Making Progress Corrective Action 1
  • 2007 - declined Corrective Action 1 (first year) AYP level
  • 2006 - Making Progress School Improvement 2 AYP level
  • 2005 - declined to School Improvement 2 AYP level
  • 2004 - declined to School Improvement 1 AYP level
  • 2003 - Warning level AYP level due to lagging reading and math achievement
PSSA results

Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, commonly called PSSAs are No Child Left Behind Act related examinations which were administered from 2003 through 2012, in all Pennsylvania public high schools. The exams were administered in the Spring of each school year. The goal was for 100% of students to be on grade level or better in reading and mathematics, by the Spring of 2014. The tests focused on the state's Academic Standards for reading, writing, mathematics and science. The Science exam included content in science, technology, ecology and the environmental studies. The mathematics exam included: algebra I, algebra II, geometry and trigonometry. The standards were first published in 1998 and are mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.[40]

In 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania changed its high school assessments to the Keystone Exams in Algebra 1, Reading/literature and Biology1. The exams are given at the end of the applicable course, rather than all in the spring of the student's 11th grade year.[41]

11th Grade Reading

  • 2012 - 58% on grade level, (18% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.[42]
  • 2011 - 71% (9% below basic). State - 69.1%[43]
  • 2010 - 55% (28% below basic). State - 66% [44]
  • 2009 - 54% (24% below basic). State - 65% [45]
  • 2008 - 67% (21% below basic). State - 65% [46]
  • 2007 - 50% (31% below basic). State - 65% [47]

11th Grade Math:

  • 2012 - 48% on grade level (27% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[48]
  • 2011 - 59%, (17% below basic). State - 60.3%
  • 2010 - 66%, (23% below basic). State - 59%
  • 2009 - 43%, (21% below basic). State - 56%
  • 2008 - 56%, (30% below basic). State - 56%
  • 2007 - 26%, (37% below basic). State - 53%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2012 - 24% on grade level (23% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.[49]
  • 2011 - 37% (16% below basic). State - 40%[50]
  • 2010 - 28% (28% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 40%, State - 40% [51]
  • 2008 - 27%, (22% below basic). State - 39%

College remediation rateEdit

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 35% of the Brownsville Area High School 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.[52] 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.[53] 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.

Dual enrollmentEdit

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. 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[54] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[55]

For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $4,160 for the program.[56]

Challenge ProgramEdit

The Challenge Program, Inc. offers $250 cash incentives to Senior High School students who excel in the categories of: Academic Improvement, Attendance, Community Service and Academic Excellence. The program partners with businesses to motivate students both in and out of the classroom by encouraging good habits in students that will last throughout their education and into their future careers. For the 2010-2011 school year, the top 10% of students in each of the categories will be eligible to win $250.00.[57]

Graduation requirementsEdit

All students graduating from Brownsville Area High School are required to have successfully complete their Senior Project, to complete and pass the PSSA's and to have earned[58] 26 Credits, as follows in the table below:

Subject area No./Credits Notes
English 4.0 Must complete a course each year
Social Studies 4.0
Science/Biology 3.5 Juniors are required to take Global Science and Science 11
Math 4.0 Must complete a course each year
Computer courses Students must take and pass a minimum of two Computer Courses
School to Career 0.5
Health 0.5 Usually taken during the Junior Year
Physical Education 2.0 A semester course each year
Arts/Humanities 3.5 course credits may vary
Electives 2.0 course credits may vary
TOTAL 26.0

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.[59] Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.[60]

By Pennsylvania State School Board regulations, beginning with the class of 2019,[61] public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the respective Keystone Exams for each course.[62][63] The exam is given at the end of the course. Keystone Exams replace the PSSAs for 11th grade.[64]

Students have several opportunities to pass the exam. Schools are mandated to provide targeted assistance to help the student be successful. Those who do not pass after several attempts can perform a project in order to graduate.[65][66] For the class of 2019, a Composition exam will be added. For the class of 2020, passing a civics and government exam will be added to the graduation requirements.[67] In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level.[68] Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.

MajorsEdit

  • College Prep
  • Math/Engineering
  • Science/Medical
  • Education
  • Pre-Law
  • Business Science
  • Fine and Practical Arts

SAT historyEdit

In 2014, 62 Brownsville Area School District students took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 434. The Math average score was 428. The Writing average score was 423.[69][70] Statewide in Pennsylvania, Verbal Average Score was 497. The Math average score was 504. The Writing average score was 480. The College Board also reported that nationwide scores were: 497 in reading, 513 in math and 487 in writing.[71] In 2014, 1,672,395 students took the SATs in the United States.

In 2013, 90 Brownsville Area School District students took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 426. The Math average score was 419. The Writing average score was 399. The College Board reported that statewide scores were: 494 in reading, 504 in math and 482 in writing. The nationwide SAT results were the same as in 2012.[72]

In 2012, 68 Brownsville Area School District students took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 453. The Math average score was 461. The Writing average score was 430. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.

In 2011, 64 Brownsville Area School District students took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 421. The Math average score was 430. The Writing average score was 401.[73] Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479.[74] In the United States, 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.[75]

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a research arm of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, compared the SAT data of students in rural areas of Pennsylvania to students in urban areas. From 2003 to 2005, the average total SAT score for students in rural Pennsylvania was 992, while urban students averaged 1,006. During the same period, 28 percent of 11th and 12th graders in rural school districts took the exam, compared to 32 percent of urban students in the same grades. The average math and verbal scores were 495 and 497, respectively, for rural students, while urban test-takers averaged 499 and 507, respectively. Pennsylvania’s SAT composite score ranked low on the national scale in 2004. The composite SAT score of 1,003 left Pennsylvania ranking 44 out of the 50 states and Washington, DC.[76]

The Pennsylvania Department of Education reported that 71 percent of students in rural areas of Pennsylvania chose to continue their education after high school in 2003, whereas 79 percent of urban high school graduates opted to continue their education.

AP coursesEdit

In 2014, Brownsville Area High School offered 3 Advanced Placement (AP) courses at a higher cost than regular courses. The fee for each AP Exam is $91 (2014).[77] The school normally retains $9 of that fee as a rebate to help with administrative costs. In 2012, the fee was $89 per test per pupil. Students have the option of taking College Board approved courses and then taking the College Board's examination in the Spring. Students, who achieve a 3 or better on the exam, may be awarded college credits at US universities and colleges. Each higher education institution sets its own standards about what level of credits are awarded to a student based on their AP exam score. Most higher education give credits for scores of 4 or 5. Some schools also give credits for scores of 3. High schools give credits towards graduation to students who take the school's AP class. At Brownsville Area High School 30% of the students who took an AP course earned a 3 or better on the exam.[78]

GrantsEdit

Classrooms for the Future grantEdit

The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The program was funded from 2006-2009. The Brownsville Area School District applied, but was denied for funding by the PDE in 2006-07. In 2007-08, Brownsville Area School District received $153,453. The district received $45,413 in 2008-09 for a total funding of $198,866.[79]

In Fayette County, the maximum grant was awarded to Albert Gallatin Area School District - $487,912. The highest funding statewide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. The grant program was discontinued by Governor Edward Rendell as part of his 2009-10 state budget.

Project 720Edit

Project 720 was a high school reform program implemented for three years under the Rendell administration. The intent was to increase academic rigor and improve the instruction of teachers in the Commonwealth’s high schools. Teachers were expected to use data driven instructional practices and to meet the needs of diverse learners.[80] The 720 in the name referred to the number of days a student was in high school in ninth through 12th grades.[81] High schools applied for funding and were required to agree to report to the PDE their plans, their actions and the outcomes. In 2007-08 budget year, the Commonwealth provided $11 million in funding. Brownsville Area School District was one of 161 PA public school districts to apply. Brownsville Area High School received $76,000 funding over three years.[82][83] For 2010-11, Project 720 funding was decreased to $1.7 million by Governor Rendell. The grant program was discontinued effective with the 2011-12 state budget.[84]

TuitionEdit

Students who live in the district's attendance area may choose to attend one of Pennsylvania's 157 public charter schools. A student living in a neighboring public school district or a foreign exchange student may seek admission to Brownsville Area School District. For these cases, the Pennsylvania Department of Education sets an annual tuition rate for each school district. It is the amount the public school district pays to a charter school for each resident student that attends the charter and it is the amount a nonresident student's parents must pay to attend the district's schools. The 2013 tuition rates was $8,427.07 for Brownsville Area HIgh School.[85] In 2015, the school's tuition rate was 9,787.04.[86]

School safety and bullyingEdit

Brownsville Area HIgh School administration reported there were zero known incidents of bullying in the school in 2015. Additionally, there were no sexual incidents involving students reported. The local law enforcement was involved in sixteen (16) incidents at the school, with 16 arrests.[87][88] Each year the school safety data is reported by the district to the Safe School Center which then publishes the compiled reports online. Nationally, nearly 20% of pupils report being bullied at school.[89] In 2013, Brownsville Area HIgh School administration reported there were zero incidents of bullying in the school. Additionally, there were no sexual incidents involving students reported. The local law enforcement was involved in twenty-eight (28) incidents at the school, with 16 arrests.[90]

Brownsville Area School Board has provided the district's antibully policy online.[91] All Pennsylvania schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy incorporated into their Code of Student Conduct. The policy must identify disciplinary actions for bullying and designate a school staff person to receive complaints of bullying. The policy must be available on the school's website and posted in every classroom. All Pennsylvania public schools must provide a copy of its anti-bullying policy to the Office for Safe Schools every year, and shall review their policy every three years. Additionally, the district must conduct an annual review of that policy with students.[92] The Center for Schools and Communities works in with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist schools and communities as they research, select and implement bullying prevention programs and initiatives.[93][94] According to the Center for Disease Control’s biannual national study of high school students in 2009, five percent of Pennsylvania students did not go to school for at least one day because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.[95]

Education standards relating to student safety and anti harassment programs are described in the 10.3. Safety and Injury Prevention in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education.[96]

Wellness policyEdit

Brownsville Area School Board established a district wellness policy in 2006.[97] The policy deals with nutritious meals served at school, the control of access to some foods and beverages during school hours, age appropriate nutrition education for all students, and physical education for students K-12. The policy is in response to state mandates and federal legislation (P.L. 108 – 265). The law dictates that each school district participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) "shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006." Most districts identified the superintendent and school foodservice director as responsible for ensuring local wellness policy implementation.[98]

Brownsville Area High School offers both a free school breakfast and a free or reduced-price lunch to children in low income families. All students attending the school can eat breakfast and lunch. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are provided a breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. Children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast. A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for both a free breakfast and a free lunch. Runaway, homeless and Migrant Youth are also automatically eligible for free meals.[99] The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.[100]

In 2013, the USDA issued new restrictions to foods in public schools. The rules apply to foods and beverages sold on all public school district campuses during the day. They limit vending machine snacks to a maximum of 200 calories per item. Additionally, all snack foods sold at school must meet competitive nutrient standards, meaning they must have fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein in them or contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D.[101] In order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 all US public school districts are required to raise the price of their school lunches to $2.60 regardless of the actual cost of providing the lunch.[102] The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 mandates that Districts raise their full pay lunch prices every year until the price of non-subsidized lunches equals the amount the federal government reimburses schools for free meals. That subsidy in 2013-2014 was $2.93. In 2015, federal reimbursement rates were: $3.07 per meal for students who are income-eligible for free lunches and $2.67 for those who qualify for a reduced price. School lunch participation nationally dropped from 31.6 million students in 2012 to 30.4 million in 2014, according to the federal Department of Agriculture. Pennsylvania statistics show school lunch participation dropped by 86,950 students in the same two years, from 1,127,444 in 2012 to 1,040,494 in 2014.[103]

In 2014, President Barack Obama ordered a prohibition of advertisements for unhealthy foods on public school campuses during the school day.[104][105]

The Food and Drug Administration requires that students take milk as their beverage at lunch. In accordance with this law, any student requesting water in place of milk with their lunch must present a written request, signed by a doctor, documenting the need for water instead of milk.[106][107]

Brownsville Area High School provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. A nurse is available in the building to conduct annual health screenings (data reported to the PDE and state Department of Health) and to dispense prescribed medications to students during the school day. Students can be excluded from school unless they comply with all the State Department of Health’s extensive immunization mandates. School nurses monitor each pupil for this compliance.[108][109] Nurses also monitor each child's weight.[110]

In 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Health distributed to each Pennsylvania high school the overdose antidote drug naloxone in a nasal spray. School nurses were also provided with educational materials and training developed by the National Association of School Nurses.[111] The cost was covered by a grant from a private foundation.[112]

Health eTools program

Brownsville Area School District participated in Highmark Foundation’s Healthy High 5 Health eTools for Schools grant which enabled mobile data collection of pertinent health and physical fitness screening data on students K-12 in a database held by InnerLink, Inc. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[113] Health eTools for Schools also provided interdisciplinary research-based curriculum in nutrition, physical education and physical activity to participating districts. The program was discontinued by the company in 2013.[114]

Highmark Healthy High 5 grantEdit

In 2011, Brownsville Area School District received nearly $40,000 in funding through a Highmark Healthy High 5 grants. Brownsville Area High School received $9,358 which was used to support the Running for Results Program.[115] Beginning in 2006, Highmark Foundation engaged in a 5-year, $100 million program to promote lifelong healthy behaviors in children and adolescents through local nonprofits and schools.[116]

ExtracurricularsEdit

Brownsville Area High School offers a variety of clubs, activities and an extensive, publicly funded, sports program.[117] Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy[118][119] and in compliance with standards set by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). The PIAA mandates that student athletes must be passing at least four full-credit subjects to participate in sports.[120]

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 home-schooled, 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.[121][122][123]

According to Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act 126 of 2014, all volunteer coaches and all those who assist in student activities, must have criminal background checks. Like all school district employees, they must also attend an anti child abuse training once every three years.[124][125][126]

AthleticsEdit

Coaches receive compensation as outlined in the teachers' union contract. When athletic competition exceeds the regular season, additional compensation is paid.[127] Brownsville School District provides its athletics disclosure form on its web site.[128] Article XVI-C of the Public School Code requires the disclosure of interscholastic athletic opportunities for all public secondary school entities in Pennsylvania. All school entities with grades 7-12 are required to annually collect data concerning team and financial information for all male and female athletes beginning with the 2012-13 school year and submit the information to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, all non-school (booster club and alumni) contributions and purchases must also be reported to PDE.[129]

According to Pennsylvania’s Safety in Youth Sports Act, all sports coaches, paid and volunteer, are required to annually complete the Concussion Management Certification Training and present the certification before coaching.[130][131]

Sport Boys Girls
Baseball Class AA
Basketball Class AA Class AA
Cross Country Class AA Class AA
Football Class AA
Golf Class AAAA
Soccer Class AA
Softball Class AA
Tennis Class AA Class AA
Track and Field Class AA Class AA
Volleyball Class AA

According to PIAA directory July 2015[132]

Notable alumniEdit

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