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Academic Profile

BROCKTON HIGH SCHOOL
470 Forest Avenue
Brockton, Massachusetts 02301
Tel - 508-580-7633
Fax - 508-580-7600

WWW.BPSMA.ORG

"Good schools, like good societies and good
families, celebrate and cherish diversity."
-Deborah Meier

Michael P. Thomas, Superintendent of Schools
Cynthia Burns, Principal
Melissa Shepard, Department Head of Guidance and Registrar
Tel. -508-580-7477 | Fax - 508- 580-7499

CEEB Code Number: 220435
Enrollment: 4300+ students
School Year: 2 semesters/4 terms
Accreditation: New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges

Brockton High School is a large, comprehensive public institution, grades 9-12, with an enrollment of over 4,300 students. The student population is ethnically, racially, culturally and linguistically diverse, with 30 different languages represented. Programs available to meet the needs of our diverse student population include: English as a Second Language; Transitional Bilingual Education in Haitian, Cape Verdean, and Spanish; Occupational Education and Technology; School to Work; Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC); Bank Training and Finance Program; Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA); Project Grads for teen parents; and nationally recognized programs in Drama, Art, and Music. It is the only high school in the Commonwealth to have its own building dedicated exclusively to the Fine and Applied Arts.

Community

Brockton is a large urban center located approximately 30 miles south of Boston, with convenient access to the metro area via the Commuter Rail Line. The city’s population is approximately 94,000 with a median income of $51,000. While the major industry lies in the area of health services, the city is home to a number of small to medium sized businesses. The City of Brockton employs over 3,000 municipal workers. The school district includes one Pre-K center with morning and afternoon sessions, twelve elementary, six middle, two traditional and four alternative high schools.

Academics

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn at least 95 credits to graduate. The credits must include:

English 21
Mathematics 15
Social Studies 15 (6 in U.S. History)
Science 12
Wellness 6
Electives 26

Instructional Levels

Advanced Placement (AP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Honors (H)
College Prep Advanced (CPA)
College Prep (CP)

Credits (Modified Block Schedule ~ 6-day cycle)

Full-Year - Everyday 6 Credits
Full-Year - Alternate Days 3 Credits
One Semester - Everyday 3 Credits
One Semester - Alternate Days 1.5 Credits

AP Courses Offered

English Literature and Composition; English Language and Composition; United States History; Modern European History; World History; Calculus; Statistics; Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Studio Art; Foreign Languages; Computer Principles: Environmental Science

IB Courses Offered

Most major subjects culminating in an IB Diploma

Special Offerings

Medical Interpretation and Translation Program, Cisco Certification A+ Hardware/Software, Microsoft Office Certifications, CNA Certification, ProStart Certification, NATEF Automotive Certification

Time & Learning: Brockton High School has met the Time and Learning Requirements of the state by expanding class periods to 66-minute blocks. A semester course that meets daily fully complies with both the instructional time required by the state and the number of credits required by the Carnegie Unit System.

Time & Learning

Brockton High School has met the Time and Learning Requirements of the state by expanding class periods to 55-minute blocks. A semester course that meets daily fully complies with both the instructional time required by the state and the number of credits required by the Carnegie Unit System.

Grading System

Grading

Advanced Placement 5.3 (A+) - 1.7 (D-)
Honors 4.8 (A+) - 1.2 (D-)
College Prep Advanced 4.5 (A+) - 0.9 (D-)
College Prep 4.3 (A+) - 0.7 (D-)

Class Rank

Class rank is computed at the end of each year and at the end of each term for seniors, major subjects only on a weighted scale of 4.0.

In Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, the number of quality points are raised by 5.

Grade Point Average

Grade Point Average - class rank is calculated for a student’s applicable accumulated final mark(s) and is assigned quality points. A Class Rank number from #1 through the total number of students in a particular grade is assigned with the student having a Grade Point Average closest to 5.3 being the #1 position in each grade. Brockton High School has a weighted Grade Point Average using the Quality Point Factors as shown below.

BEGINNING WITH THE CLASS OF 2010
QUALITY POINT FACTORS
At Brockton High School, the following quality point factors are used in the calculation of each student's Grade Point Average and Rank in Class for each course within each level of instruction.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
5.3 5 4.7 4.3 4 3.7 3.3 3 2.7 2.3 2 1.7
                         
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
5.3 5 4.7 4.3 4 3.7 3.3 3 2.7 2.3 2 1.7
                         
HONORS A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
4.8 4.5 4.2 3.8 3.5 3.2 2.8 2.5 2.2 1.8 1.5 1.2
                         
COLLEGE PREP ADVANCED A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
4.5 4.2 3.9 3.5 3.2 2.9 2.5 2.2 1.9 1.5 1.2 0.9
                         
COLLEGE PREP A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
4.3 4 3.7 3.3 3 2.7 2.3 2 1.7 1.3 1 0.7

 

 

Post-Secondary Statistics

Post Secondary Statistics

Class

4-Yr.

2-Yr.

Total

2010

48%

41%

89%

2011

46%

40%

86%

2012

44%

45%

89%

2013

46%

44%

90%

2014

47%

49%

91%

2015

47%

44%

91%

2016

52%

37%

89%

Recognitions:

*DESE Accountability Level 1

 

*College Board Gaston Caperton Honor Roll, 2015

 

*US News and World Report - Bronze Medal 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

*Newsweek—America’s Top High Schools, 2014, 2016

*International Center for Leadership in Education Model School 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

*Associated Industries of Massachusetts Gould Education Award 2012

*Featured front page NY Times, Sept. 28, 2010

*National School Change Award 2006

*U.S. Department of Education National High School Summit

*Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory - Schools Making Progress

*Massachusetts Compass School

*Featured at Harvard University’s Achievement Gap Initiative Conference with Ron Ferguson, 2009, 2011

*2010 CSSR/NASSP Secondary School Showcase

*National Association of Secondary School Principals Breaking Ranks Secondary School Showcase 2010

*Apangea Learning National Math Champions 2009, 2010

 

Institutes of Higher Education Accepting Brockton High School Students:

American International College
Andrews University
Assumption College
Barry University
Bay State College
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Berry College
Boston College
Boston University
Bridgewater State University
Bristol Community College
Brown University
Bryant University
Bunker Hill Community College
Carnegie Mellon University
Central Michigan University
Clark Atlanta University
Cornell University
Curry College
Dean College
Drexel University
Endicott College
Fisher College
Fitchburg State University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
Framingham State University
Gordon College
Harvard University
Howard University
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson and Wales University
Keene State College
Lasell University
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Manhattan College
MassBay Community College
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Massasoit Community College
Mercer University
Merrimack College
Michigan State University
Middlesex Community College
Milford Academy
Montserrat College of Art
National Aviation Academy
New England College Institute of Art
New York University
Nichols University
North Carolina A&T
Northeastern University
Norwich University
Pennsylvania State University
Quincy College
Quinsigamond Community College
Regis College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Salem State University
Simmons University
Skidmore College
St. John’s University
St. Joseph’s University
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
UMass Amherst
Union College
University of Hartford
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of New Haven
University of Rhode Island
Valencia College
Villanova University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University of Louisiana
Yale University