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Brooks High School

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Posted August 16, 2012

I am so thankful that we put our three children in Brooks High School. We couldn't be more pleased with the education our children are receiving. We have some excellent ACT scores to attest to the priorities of the Brooks High Staff. Also, our kids are in numerous sporting venues and I have been so impressed with how these Brooks families come together to support their athletes. They even have a UNA professor volunteering here with their Cross Country team. Everyone volunteers and works together. It is Awsome to see such a large school come together in so many ways like one big family. Thank you Brooks Staff and parents for making our family feel so welcomed, supported and loved! Brooks High School doesn't just educate our children. They strive to send our kids out into the World prepared to face life with a positive outlook and the skills needed to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

A great school that serves as a great asset to the community. It's not perfect but I don't think there is any school with no problems. I am proud to be a graduate of Brooks High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

For any parent considering an education at Brooks I would definately recommend placing your child here. I have had two children at this school, the first of which received a full tuition scholarship to the University of Alabama. My second child transferred to Providence Middle School in Huntsville and let me tell you there is a difference. At least at Brooks you will not have kids cussing, throwing books and attacking the teacher in class. It is simply not tolerated at Brooks. The academics are there if your child is willing to do what is necessary to achieve a higher standard. Parent and community involvement is wonderful at this school. Football is a big part of the school true enough but without it the students academics would suffer. The school my daughter transferred to does not even have enought books for every student in the class which numbered up to 42.....class size is a huge consideration. The staff at the Brooks are all very professional and caring about each and every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

I wouldn't recommend BHS. I am a junior and I've finally realized that when it is time for college, I am going to be so lost. Most of the teachers do not teach and when they do it is just confusing. And yes most of my classmates do smoke and drink. Most of the boys also dip in class. If you want a good education for your child and if you want them well rounded, don't send them here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2010

North Alabama has such a rich musical history that the lack of funding and support for the fine arts at many of the schools in the area is disconcerting to say the least. Though Brooks High School is sufficient for the 'basics' of a child's schooling, it is no different in that regard and the more artistically and/ or musically inclined students are sorely neglected. I would encourage all parents whose creative children will attend area schools to seek training for them outside the normal school systems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2009

I am a Brooks graduate and my overall experience with the school was a positive one. I am not saying it was perfect by no means, but the positives definitely out-weigh the negatives. I was an athlete and was involved in many other extracurricular activities. I have read other reviews about how our school is all about football and sports. This is not entirely true. Yes these things are a big part of school life, just as they are at any other school in the South. They bring students together and teach those that participate many valuable lessons that they can use once they graduate. The academic programs at Brooks have prepared me very well for college and I am grateful for the wonderful teachers I had. Brooks is a great school and you can get what you want out of it if you try.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2008

I am a student at Brooks High, and I love it there. There is not really an 'IN' crowd at all, everyone mostly sticks with their friends. I have never been pressured to do anything that I didn't want to do, and I am not bullied, nor have I witnessed being anyone being bullied. It may happen, sure, but it is not openly a problem. We have an extremely smart class, and the students work hard and achieve. Our teachers are great also. I do play sports, and it isn't the school's number one priority. I would recommend this school to anyone, because it isn't difficult to fit in!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2008

Ok there are several things being said wrong on this website about Brooks. I'm going to be up front and honest yes we do have problems at Brooks but they are nothing that every school does not have. I would also like to make some corrections. Starting with we do have calculus! We have wonderful administrators and teachers. I am a straight A student and my parents have never went to the school and been in my business. We also do not have money and I do not play sports and I am treated the same as everyone else. About the whole football parking lot being paved that is stupid not just football players park back there and it is used for more than football games. The front parking lot is paved and the majority of the students park in the front or back.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2008

i'm 16 and about to begin my junior year at Brooks High School. People say that Brooks is just a sports school. Football is the main priority. Yes, football is important, but football season is important to everyone, it brings the school closer together. we are more than football though. I mean just look at the band program, we have one of the best marching bands and auxilaries in the state.Let me remind you, where would marching band be with out the football program? the teachers at our school are great. Yes, they do occasionally get fed up with our antics, but when they know we really want/need the help they are there. Our students make good grades, were not all on drugs and pregnant, were not all out throwing hotel parties at the Marriott, were just being teenagers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2008

I think it should be a screaming alarm to the school to hear so many current/past student say the school is failing on an academic level. The parking lot to the football field is paved, the lot for the students and band area, greatly ignored. What about science, math, fine arts? Sure the football games earn money for the school, but it seems all that money is turned back around to the football areas. School isn't about 'football', believe it or not, there is a whole world of information our kids are missing out on. Get with the program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2008

As a former grad and parent of a graduate and a present student i must say brooks is a very good school. To those of you who argue this point there are 7 or 8 other county schools in the district. Those schools have problems too. As far as the community support for brooks i dont think you will find that elsewhere. I am a football parent and yes there is alot of support but no more for the basketball team or baseball team boys and girls sports. The football program brings in $ at brooks. The money trickles over into other areas too. So have some lion pride, know we are not perfect or try another county school. You will be back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

As a former Grad. I have often woundered how much better it would have been if I'd have stayed at Mars hill. Brooks was like a culture shock. The language, smoking and just plain fowl behavior through the years put my life on a different track. Although I did go on to college and actually was taught/learned, I still think back to the waisted years just getting by in high school! The lack of teacher involvement in their students life was overwhelming. Teachers spend more daily time with their students than a parent has with their child at night. This demands that a teacher be aware of academic changes, emotional changes and social changes. Please wake up and be the teacher you promised your state you would try to be. A disappointed former Grad......


Posted January 12, 2008

Iam a student at Brooks High School .I'll be graduating in 2009 and I find it lacking in things that I want to do with my life. Brook's staff and principal are so obsessed with the Football team that they fail to see those students that have academic potential in both classes such as mathmatics and the more creative side like art. They have absolutely no art department to speak of because they use it all on things such as football and other sports. They simply look over the academic parts and go straight to atheletics.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2007

I am currently a student at Brooks High and have gone here all my life. I am pleased with our school. The Lauderdale County School Board may be lacking in some aspects of the politics of schools but otherwise everything is great. Social status should not be a concern when you're at school for an education, and as far as the education part goes Brooks will do the trick. The extracurricular activities are perfect for anyone who wants to be involved. At our school there is something for everyone. The parents also have great involvement with these activities. Without our football team we wouldn't have half the money we needed. All of our sports bring in many fans and get everyone involved, athletic or not. At Brooks there is definitely something for everyone. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2007

Brooks High School is a great school. Sports is a big part of Brooks, but so is the academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2007

I am a student at Brooks High school, and I feel they value sports over anything else, especially football. I am not proud of Brooks High.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2006

I am a student at Brooks, and I am not at all impressed with the academic and social aspects of this school. I have found that the teachers are only concerned about covering the material that is necessary to pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, and most are not willing to give extra help to students who are struggling in an area. I am appalled at how little discipline, class, and manners are displayed in this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2006

Brooks is a great school! the teachers here go out of their way to help any student in need. Many consider brooks just as a sports school, but i would have to disagree. Brooks high school is a school that cares.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 6, 2006

Brooks high has gone down hill so much that I don't even want to tell ppl that I graduated from there. It use to be known for it's academics but now is known for the football team and nothing else. If your child is not on the team they are looked over. The teachers don't care about anything these days except for the bigger better buck. If your child is disabled or has learning disabilities they may as well not even go to school...they are the main ones that get looked over. My son was suppose to be getting help but has not had any all year. The answer from the school to this was we don't have anyone cause we can't afford it. How dumb is that. Brooks use to be the best school in Lauderdale County now it is the worst. A very angry mom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2005

I am a alumi of Brooks High School. The quality of this school is unmatched in Lauderdale County. We dominated Science competition of all Lauderdale County schools year in and year out. Had more scholarship money than any other school in the county. First rate teachers. More class offerings. Plus tradition unmatched by any of Lauderdale County shools. Would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

147 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

147 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female88%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Poverty70%
Non-poverty89%

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty99%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty86%
Non-poverty89%

Reading

All Students88%
Female89%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty80%
Non-poverty93%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2012.

147 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty96%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2012.

140 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

141 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

141 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

141 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

114 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2012.

141 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
85%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2012.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

124 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
98%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 90% in 2012.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
98%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty99%

Language

All Students82%
Female85%
Male78%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Poverty69%
Non-poverty87%

Math

All Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible84%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty88%

Reading

All Students86%
Female89%
Male84%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty74%
Non-poverty91%

Social Studies

All Students81%
Female76%
Male85%
Black62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White84%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Poverty74%
Non-poverty84%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education87%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty100%

Language

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education47%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty93%

Math

All Students94%
Female92%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education53%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty95%

Reading

All Students93%
Female95%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education47%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty93%

Social Studies

All Students94%
Female92%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education53%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty95%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 58%
Black 4% 34%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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