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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).

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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