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).
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).