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ERIC Number: EJ894690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Brentwood High School: A School of Hope
Principal Leadership, v10 n9 p14-18 May 2010
Tom O'Brien calls Brentwood High School a school of opportunity and hope. He has been principal of the 3,600-student, 300-teacher school for 14 years. The sprawling complex on Long Island, NY, is home to students from 47 countries, and English is a second language in the majority of homes. This article discusses why Brentwood High School is deemed to be a school of hope. O'Brien shares how he and the rest of the teachers were dismayed at state and federal accountability requirements that labeled them failures. That moment of anger and resentment at having to create a comprehensive educational plan (CEP) became the turning point in his career and his life. He realized that he and his staff members owed it to their students to be a better school. He states that putting the CEP together forced them to focus on where their program was failing their students--it then made them focus on a step-by-step action plan that included ongoing data analysis. The strategies employed over the last few years have had a definite positive impact: in addition to rising daily attendance rates, suspensions have declined by half. As a result of the initiatives' success, the administrators and the faculty have renewed faith that their actions will continue to have a positive impact on the students, demonstrating that they are valued and that their well-being is truly the focus of every action taken by the school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York