Facts and Figures about the Brandywine School District
The Brandywine School District covers 33 square miles in North Wilmington, encompassing a portion of the City of Wilmington and the town of Claymont.
Facts about our students:
More students choice into the District rather than out by a 3 to 1 ratio
Total Student Enrollment (as of September 2011) – 10,801
44% of our students take Advanced Placement courses
Brandywine offers the only International Baccalaureate program in the State at all three levels
- We offer the state's only self-contained gifted program in grades K-8
Brandywine's drop-out rate is nearly half the state average and the lowest of our neighboring districts in New Castle County. Similarly, our graduation rate is higher than the both the state average and other New Castle County Districts.
- We’re the only district in Delaware to have all three high schools make Newsweek’s list of Top High Schools in the Nation
The district spends $12,915 per pupil. Of this, approximately 76% is spent on direct instructional needs (compared to 70% statewide), 23% on support and operations (compared to 29% statewide), and only 1% on general administration. Our District-wide SAT average scores: Math – 494; Critical Reading – 487; Writing – 472. All are higher than the state averages.
Additional Enrollment Characteristics:
English Language Learner
Enrolled for Full School Year
Facts about our teaching staff:
- 53% have a Masters degree; 46% have a bachelor’s degree; 1% have a Doctorate.
- 41 teachers have National Board Certification (the highest credential available, nationwide)
- Our new teachers had, on average, a 3.5 GPA in college
- Our teachers have an average of 13 years teaching experience
- Beginning teachers (bachelor’s degree with no experience) earn $37,311 annually; our top of scale teachers (master’s degree plus 45 credits, plus 30 years teaching) earn $80,426 annually
- We have one teacher for every 14.6 students
Number of Positions
Note: Some positions are part-time. A full-time staff member is equal to 1.0 on the scale. A half-time person is equal to a .5 on the scale. Some employees may work a portion of a full or part-time schedule.
Facts about our school buildings:
In 2011-2012, the District is rated Commendable. All nine elementary schools are rated Superior, and five of our six secondary schools are rated Commendable or Superior.
Completed Renovation Date
1998-2000 High School to Elementary /2004 Systems Improvement – 2004-05 Pool reopen/ 2009 Kindergarten renovations
Hanby Elementary & Bush Early Education Center
New school opened 2010
2006/2010 Kindergarten addition
Maple Lane Elementary
Mt. Pleasant Elementary
2004 Partial renovation
Mt. Pleasant High
1996 Int./2003 Ext.
P.S. duPont Middle
6/2007 – 8/2008
6/2008 – 7/2009
Average Age - All Buildings
47 + years