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Newsweek Ranks Brookfield High 10th Best in CT

Brookfield High School rises in annual state and national ranking.


Brookfield High School (BHS) rose in Newsweek’s annual ranking of the best high schools in the nation, moving from 936 in 2012 to 505 in 2013 ranking even as the number of schools to make the list doubled from 1,000 to 2,000.

Newsweek surveyed almost 2,500 schools nationwide, gathering data on graduation rates (weighted 25 percent), college matriculation rates (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent) and percent of students taking at least one college-level course (5 percent).

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Find an in-depth breakdown of the methodology here.

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Brookfield received an overall score of 3.22, with a graduation rate of 96 percent, an average SAT score of 1604 (out of 2100) and 94 percent rate of graduates pursuing higher degrees. .

The No. 1 school in the nation, Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, obtained a score of 4.84, with 100 percent graduation and matriculation rates and an average SAT score of 2070.

Brookfield came in tenth out of 35 Connecticut high schools to make the list (25th of 25 last year). Connecticut IB Academy in East Hartford ranked first among Connecticut schools to make the list, coming in at 112th overall, with Weston High School second (190 overall) and Staples High School in Westport at third (196 overall).

Catherine Malek May 06, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Congratulations to the BHS students and staff! Keep up the good work!
InterestedBrookfieldResident May 06, 2013 at 11:45 PM
An achievement indeed
Brian Kelly May 07, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Seems like a justification for spending good money on the education budget to me.
Brian Kelly May 07, 2013 at 02:09 PM
112 Connecticut IB Academy East Hartford CT 190 Weston High School Weston CT 196 Staples High School Westport CT 204 Darien High School Darien CT 227 New Canaan High School NEW CANAAN CT 270 Ridgefield High School Ridgefield CT 405 Farmington High School Farmington CT 441 Valley Regional High School Deep River 455 Glastonbury High School Glastonbury CT 505 Brookfield High School Brookfield CT So, those first numbers are the national high school rankings. Brookfield is 10th in CT. How many towns above us pay less taxes than we do? I sincerely don't know, but I'd venture a guess we're getting one hell of a bang for our bucks on education.
Kate Roberts Dlugozima May 07, 2013 at 03:52 PM
With the exception of MAYBE Farmington, all of those towns have much higher property taxes than we do. Please stop voting the budget down. The property taxes here are a bargain when compared to surrounding areas...seriously.
Rob Gianazza May 07, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Is your goal for us to have high taxes like everyone else? Please explain.
Brian Kelly May 07, 2013 at 06:45 PM
If you're addressing me, no, my goal is not to have high taxes like everyone else. My point was that it appears we're getting a very good rate of return on the money we do spend.
Rob Gianazza May 07, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Agreed Brian, I was addressing Kate Roberts D.
Charlie Suedo May 08, 2013 at 06:34 PM
As a recent graduate of BHS and current college student, I can say from first hand experience that BHS provides its students with a much higher level of education than the vast majority of high schools in Connecticut. In my freshman year classes, it was evident to me that I was much better prepared than the other students in my classes who for the most aprt were from Connecticut High Schools. BHS is not at the level of Staples or Weston nor should it be. Brookfield's socioeconomic factors will always prevent its school system from being up there with those schools. How are we supposed to compete with the wealthiest towns in the United States? My point is that being in the top ten or even the top 20, is a great accomplishment that should be celebrated. Taxes should not be raised in a pointless pursuit of being the top school in CT as it is not a feasible goal for the town of Brookfield.
long time resident May 08, 2013 at 08:01 PM
How are we cutting the budget? They have the same monies as last year. We are asking for a cut of the increase to the budget. Let me try and explain it simply: You make $100,000 a year. You live well on this. You tell your manager that you need a raise of $5000. You start to plan on additional vacations, maybe a new car, maybe an extra night out each week. Alas, the manager says 'no raise for you!' You still live your life well on the $100,000. You do not have to get rid of your spouse, you do not need to put your child in an orphanage, you continue to live your life, WITHOUT the EXTRAs you planned on. This is where the School Board sets the terror. The tax payers are asking to cut the money they already have and lose resources. BUNK. Unless the Superintendent is POORLY managing the money, he shouldn't lose anyone. (by the way, we are fortunate to have Art Colley, he should be making the $200+K and not the superintendent or assistant superintendent!) Also lose Italian, pick up Mandarin, (lose a teacher, pick up another teacher, 1 for 1 exchange). Maybe extra cost for text books. Next time you don't get a raise tell your manager if you don't receive it you will lose 2 children, need to get rid of your great dane and get a poodle and will have to close off one room to the house and it is all his fault!
long time resident May 08, 2013 at 08:23 PM
By the way, Bivona earns $70.50 per STUDENT, in comparison, fairfield 26.27, avon $52, madison $54.73. 190 Weston High School Weston CT $91.32 196 Staples High School Westport CT $49.93 204 Darien High School Darien CT $53.38 227 New Canaan High School NEW CANAAN CT $58.69 270 Ridgefield High School Ridgefield CT $43.09 405 Farmington High School Farmington CT $51.54 441 Valley Regional High School Deep River $87.49 455 Glastonbury High School Glastonbury CT $35.64 505 Brookfield High School Brookfield CT OVERPAID
Brian May 09, 2013 at 01:56 PM
You leave out a few important numbers when comparing the per student figure. US Rank School Salary # of Students Per Student Per Student of Avg population 190 Weston High School Weston CT $236,060 2585 $91.32 $55.76 196 Staples High School Westport CT $285,077 5709 $49.93 $67.34 204 Darien High School Darien CT $252,000 4721 $53.38 $59.52 227 New Canaan High School NEW CANAAN CT $240,000 4089 $58.69 $56.69 270 Ridgefield High School Ridgefield CT $238,606 5538 $43.09 $56.36 405 Farmington High School Farmington CT $216,036 4192 $51.54 $51.03 441 Valley Regional High School Deep River $187,132 2139 $197.19 $44.20 455 Glastonbury High School Glastonbury CT $220,396 6184 $35.64 $52.06 505 Brookfield High School Brookfield CT $207,629 2945 $70.50 $49.04 Average $231,437 4234 $72 $55 Looking at the total picture, I don't think Bivona's compensation is way out of line. Granted, Superintendants as a whole seem to have a pretty good deal with sick days, vacation days, personal days, etc. There are certain things within Bivona's contract which I would hope could be brought under control a bit more like carry over days from year to year (corporate world gave that up a while ago with the use it or lose it rules to prevent big payouts when people retire/leave). Also appears Bivona has a higher then average short term and long term disability with a common 60% salary for long term but granted 100 sick days for short term.
Rob Gianazza May 09, 2013 at 04:55 PM
What many don't realize how many hours a week a superintendent puts in. He's not on a teachers schedule. In addition to a regular work day, he is frequently here late into the evening for meetings. He is frequently called upon to appear at various functions as well. He wakes at four am in weather related days to make the call to delay or call off school. He is also responsible for the largest operation in Brookfield. Is 200k a good salary? Sure is, but he earns it.
Kate Roberts Dlugozima May 13, 2013 at 02:21 AM
No..my goal is not to have high taxes like everyone else. My point was that there are people in this town who have "vote no" signs in front of their houses that have been out there for years. And who will vote no regardless of what the budget says because they never want to see their tax bill go up, no matter how small the increase or what the money is to be used for. They will vote no regardless of what the budget says, unless it means no change to their taxes. The district owes it to the town to be responsible, but it is inevitable that some costs will always rise, regardless of what the district does. The question is just how much. I understand that the district is not losing money with the proposed budget, but they are losing staff... paras, social worker, etc. And some increases to the budget are inevitable with ever-changing federal mandates. So if this doesn't come from taxes, then staff will have to be cut. But comparing us to other CT districts that made the top 10,Brookfield is an excellent value. So I don't want us to turn into Long Island with $15000-$20000+ per year taxes on a modest house..but I would rather pay a few bucks extra per month so no staff have to be cut. No Child Left Behind and Common Core cost money. And the mandates are changing all the time.
Kate Roberts Dlugozima May 13, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Education across the country is a mess right now. But I think Brookfield District has been pretty efficient. That's why I hate to see cuts to staff. So it would be nice to see fewer perennial "vote no" signs on lawns. That is all.
Steven DeVaux May 13, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Why would there be cuts to staff they're proposed to get 3% more than last year? Any cuts to staff would be by choice, not by budget just like the federal governments furloughs.
Jim Marks May 13, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Can't we just leave the budget the same? All in favor say I!!
Lori June 20, 2013 at 06:42 AM
It's the same cycle every year, for many, many years....the wealthy towns (Weston, Wilton, Darien, New Canaan, etc,.) are always the top ranked schools with excellent achievements, grades, standardized test scores and recognition. These towns pay the highest in property tax, and their school system is always top notch!!

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