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For information on Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and other Family Literary Resources, visit the Preschool Services page!

West Virginia School Of Excellence 2014-2015
WV Title 1 Distinguished School 2013-14
WV School of Excellence 2006-07
WV Best Among Peers 2003-04
WV Exemplary School 2005-06
WV Title 1 Distinguished School 2004-05 and 2005-06


Arrival, breakfast, Accelerated Reader, chorus & band, Standards: 7:20-8:00
Staff arrives: 7:45
Opening activities:
7:45 - 8:00

Instructional day begins: 8:00
PK -2 Lunch: 11:15-12:00
3-6 Recess: 11:25-11:55
3-6 Lunch: 12:00-12:40
1-2 Recess: 12:05-12:35
Instructional day continues:
Preparation for dismissal: 3:15
Walker Bell: 3:20 Bus Bell: 3:25


Letter to students and parents from new BES Principal Katie McDonald. CLICK HERE!

Hallway looking toward new section built in 1994.
Click here for a PDF copy of the 2017-2018 school handbook!

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2017-2018 Supply List! CLICK HERE!

BES School of Excellence Award!
Brandywine Elementary School was selected for a School of Excellence Award! Only three schools in West Virginia received this designation! The Schools of Excellence are selected based on the following criteria: a rigorous and challenging curriculum, a safe and drug-free learning environment, participatory leadership, active teaching and learning, an environment that strengthens teacher skills, documented student achievement and implementing advanced and innovated programs.

BES Title 1 Distinguished School!
Brandywine Elementary was named a Title 1 Distinguished School. Only four were awarded the honor in the entire state! Click here for more info CLICK HERE!

No Child Left Behind
Access the Brandywine Elementary School Profile here. Includes Enrollment, Staffing Information, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), What My Child Needs To Know (Content Standards And Objectives) and more.

BES School of Excellence Award 2006-07
Brandywine Elementary School was also designated a School of Excellence in 2006-07! READ MORE

Vision and Mission
Motivate, Educate, Celebrate:
Learning together for a better future.

Our mission is to prepare every student to succeed and to contribute to a better world. We will strive to do this in an academically challenging, safe and nurturing environment where all students, parents, and community members are active participants.
Accelerated Reader Program

View of school from playground.
Students at Brandywine Elementary School participate in the Accelerated Reader Program. Students choose and read appropriate-level books from the library. Then they take reading practice quizzes on these books. The reading practice quizzes help teachers measure students' comprehension of books read. These quizzes also ensure a successful, positive experience if the student has read a book at the proper level. The computer keeps a record of each student and the points he or she has accumulated. Students can receive awards based on the number of accumulated points.

School History  
On April 26, 1935, fire destroyed the two-room school building at Brandywine. Then followed a period of years during which school was held in emergency quarters. Part of the time, use was made of rooms in residences and later a temporary two-room building was erected. At last, as a result of united community effort, a WPA project was secured which provided for the construction of a modern six-room building which was dedicated on May 9, 1941 with David Kirby, Secretary of the State Board of Education making the address.

When the new building was ready for occupancy, a number of schools in the surrounding area were transported to the new plant. Outlying schools that were consolidated were the two-room school at Oak Flat, and one-room schools at Propstburg, Broad Run, Dale Hill, Rough Run, Valley, and Locust Grove. The building was expanded in 1954 to house a new kitchen and storage area. Modular classrooms were constructed adjacent to the main building in 1970 and 1972 to accommodate the growing needs of the school.

The Sugar Grove School was closed in 1966 and a majority of the students from there were transported to Brandywine. The United States Navy started construction of the "Big Ear" near Sugar Grove in 1958, but this was soon halted and the facilities were then developed into a communications center. Presently many students, whose parents are associated with the Navy, are enrolled in the Brandywine School.

During the mid-'70s, while local resident Grey Cassell was superintendent, two more rooms were added to the existing west end of the building. They are now used as first and second grade. The year of 1985 began the building of the Special Education building behind the existing red brick school. Federal regulations in the '90s mandated that special education students could not be separated from the main body of students; consequently, when the last new addition was built in 1994 with three new rooms being added, special education was moved into one of the new rooms.

The West Virginia School Building Authority funded almost 5.7 million dollars for the renovation and replacement of Brandywine Elementary School in 2007-08. The project was fully completed during the 2008-2009 school year.

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Brandywine Elementary School
P. O. Box 247 • 11480 Blue Gray Trail
Brandywine WV 26802
Tel (304) 249-5381 • Fax (304) 249-5226
Katie McDonald, Principal • E-mail

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