Snapshot of Our School
David Brearley Middle/High School is home to students in grades 7-12 from Kenilworth, and has a send-receive relationship for approximately fifty high school students from Winfield Township. The school was also chosen by the Department of Education to be an Interdistrict Public School Choice School, and currently enrolls a total of 120 students, in grades 7-12, from eight surrounding communities. All students are encouraged to strive for academic excellence, and under the Renaissance Program, they are recognized for being named to the Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll each marking period. The Academic Booster Club has been formed to celebrate superior achievement in five academic areas by holding recognition awards night each semester for students and their families. Virtual High School also offers over fifteen A.P. courses to the David Brearley High School curriculum.
The middle school operates on a modified block schedule. All students in grades 7 and 8 are scheduled in eighty-four minute Language Arts and Mathematics classes for the entire school year. Honors programs are offered in all areas. Students in the middle school sample a variety of cycle classes throughout the year. Project Quest, a specialized program, enables middle school students to make a smooth transition from elementary to the middle school.
The high school operates on a nine period schedule. In addition, students in ninth and tenth and eleventh grade take part in a daily twenty minute Personalized Student Learning Plan which allows career readiness and post secondary preparation. This program is part of the NJDOE plan to help our students map out their future while still in high school.
Students at David Brearley participate in many clubs and activities. The National Honor Society and Bears That Care, perform service projects for the school and community. Our active Student Council sponsors a Spirit Week each semester. Many students contribute original poetry and prose to the school literary magazine; they publish the school newspaper and create the school yearbook. Over 80% of our students participate in one or more sports or extracurricular activities.
Parents and community members support the Parent Teacher Organization that meets monthly during the school year. In addition to offering generous scholarships, the PTO hosts an all night extravaganza for seniors, Project Graduation, immediately following the graduation ceremony.
We are proud of our dedicated staff and the accomplishments of students and teachers. Our district is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. With continued community support, we will persevere to provide an outstanding education and prepare our students for the challenges of this millennium.