Brentwood High School Earns 2022 College Success Award

Two students in graduation caps and gowns


Sept. 28, 2022

For the third time in four years, Brentwood High School has been recognized by GreatSchools as one of the top high schools in Missouri for preparing students to enroll and succeed in college.

The nonprofit website released its 2022 College Success Awards list on Sept. 22, and BHS was one 78 high schools in the state and 1,742 nationwide to receive the honor. BHS also earned the award in 2019 and 2020.

“Brentwood High School teachers and staff work hard every day to provide students with personalized instruction, challenging curriculum and postsecondary opportunities,” said Principal Dr. Ed Johnson. “We take great pride in the work we do to prepare our students for their futures, whatever path they choose.”

The objective of the College Success Award is to recognize public high schools that have demonstrated successful track records of graduating students who enroll in two- or four-year colleges, are prepared for college-level coursework, and continue on to their second year. Award winners are determined by evaluating school-level data in the following categories:

  • College Preparation, which includes the percentage of students from a four-year cohort who graduate from high school as well as measures of College Entrance Exam (ACT or SAT) performance.
  • College Enrollment, which includes school-level metrics that vary by state. Some states report this data as “Percent Enrolled In Any Postsecondary Institution Within 12 Months After Graduation,” others as “Percent Enrolled In Any Institution Of Higher Learning In The Last 0-16 Months.”
  • College Performance, which includes remediation and persistence metrics, which also vary in availability by state. The remediation metrics capture the percentage of students needing remediation for college either for two-year or four-year institutions. Measures of college persistence are for the percentage of students returning for a second year at both two-year and four-year institutions.

“At Brentwood High School, we make it a priority to embed college and career readiness into our curriculum at each grade level,” said College and Career Counselor Emily Diaz. “As early as freshman year, our students are introduced to a variety of postsecondary options and how they can best prepare for the pathway of their choice. We are proud of our college and career culture, but the most rewarding part is when our students find success in life after high school.”