In 2005, NFL great Derrick Brooks and the Edward J. DeBartolo Family combined their charitable organizations, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc. and the DeBartolo Family Foundation, to create Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School (BDCHS). Their goal was to open a quality, public high school that would provide a safe, caring, achievement-focused learning environment similar to that of the numerous private schools in Tampa, but without the staggering price of tuition. BDCHS became a reality in 2007 when the charter application was approved by the Hillsborough County School Board. The school officially opened its doors in August of 2007, becoming the only traditional charter high school in the Tampa Bay area. The inaugural student body consisted of 183 students in grades 9-11. Grade 12 was added the following school year, and the inaugural graduating class was from the class of 2009.
In 2008, BDCHS added athletics to its program. The school is a full member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) and is eligible to participate in the State Championship Series.
BDCHS offers several sports, including: volleyball, bowling, basketball, softball, baseball, cheerleading, cross country, flag football (girls), soccer and tennis. Go Phoenix!
Making the Grade
Currently, we serve the students of the Tampa Bay area at our 11-acre campus with approximately 600 students enrolled and a growing waiting list. We are proud to have earned another “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education and to have been named for several consecutive years as “One of America’s Best High Schools” by the US News and World Report.
BDCHS reached one if its greatest honors by being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education and a School of Excellence and High Performing Charter School by the Florida Department of Education. Assisting students in their efforts to reach their full potential is central to the mission of BDCHS.
A Mission of Excellence
Our mission statement is as follows, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School strives to be a model collegiate school, offering a broad and rigorous, technology-rich educational program to students from diverse backgrounds. Within a caring and respectful multicultural environment, the school is committed to instilling in each student a desire to learn, to take appropriate risks, and to overcome challenges. The school community is committed to developing students who are life-long learners and responsible citizens who will succeed in the 21st century.
Through our unique college and career preparatory program, students become well equipped to become critical thinkers, collaborative learners, and productive citizens of the local, state, national, and global society. By providing a high-quality, challenging educational program with various acceleration opportunities, Phoenix students are exposed to curricular programming that promotes post-secondary success and supports individual student academic and personal goals.
The core curriculum is taught through college readiness programs, including Honors courses, Advanced Placement (AP), and Dual Enrollment courses. Students have the ability to earn an AP Capstone Diploma and/or an Associate of Arts Degree alongside their High School Diploma. Excellence in academics is promoted across the curriculum through a wide variety of academic honor societies including National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Tri M National Music Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society.