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Mt Brook High School

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Posted March 14, 2012

As a graduate of Mountain Brook within the past 4 years, I have quite a bit to say about the school, as well as the community. On the whole, the school is most definitely above average. The academics are great. Those who struggle receive help, those who already excel are challenged. The faculty is great for the most part besides a few teachers that have tenure and really should be let go. The number of AP classes offered is tremendous and the number of National Merit Finalist and Semi-Finalists is impressive. The administration is fantastic, and they really try to work with parents and students. However, there is definitely a sense of cliquiness amongst the students and fitting in is not the easiest thing and hinders your mental growth and development-- & your parent's pocketbook. Just note if you are looking for a homogenous, non-diverse, judgmental, upper middle class area, you will definitely find it in Mountain Brook.


Posted November 7, 2010

I am a former student of MBHS. For the most part, this school is absolutely spectacular. The teachers and faculty in the entire school system are incredible. They are willing to help you and genuinely care about how well each student does. Although it is somewhat secluded from the rest of the world, MBHS does everything they can to get students out into a world with diversity. While I was there, I was in a club where we met with inner city kids 4 times a year and created great friendships. Every day that we would meet, we would go to their school and they would come to ours. Not to mention the numerous service and community projects available. A child that attends this school will never miss out on a single opportunity. MBHS has the most outstanding academics and they also encourage students to build their resumes. It is great.


Posted October 29, 2009

MBHS is the top academic high school in the state. It competes nationally as one of the top 100 high schools in the nation. MBHS is a public school in a very private community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

I am a current student at Mountain Brook High School, and I have nothing bad to say about it. Yes, there are some issues with alcohol, but that is a universal problem- it is not just a 'Mountain Brook' thing. And yes, it is a mostly white school, but that does not mean the students aren't used to the real world. There are multiple groups at this school; one for every type of person. And because of the great opportunities available and Mountain Brook High School, students are a open to the 'real world', unless they aren't involved in anything at all. Besides, the academics are amazing. There is a wide variety of classes and groups that anyone can enjoy and excel in. All in all, I love this school. I love this town. I will definitely be living here after I graduate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2009

Academics are wonderful, but the financial expectations are beyond unrealistic. There are fees for every class and this is on top of the highest property tax in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2009

I'm a graduate from MBHS. I agree that it's a bit materialistic, but what can you expect from one of the wealthiest towns in Alabama? The kids are good, the parents are good. There was a problem with drinking but, no worse than any other school in the surrounding areas. Honestly, the first year of college, I was so prepared, I barely paid attention and made A's. I felt like Mtn Brook's courses were much harder than freshman year classes. So that, is a definite plus. On top of that, I did have a tiny culture shock, coming from a mostly-white-and-rich town...but it lasted a few months and I feel like no part of Mountain Brook has held me back in that respect. I have many different cultured friends from different socio-economic-backgrounds and all in all, Mountain Brook is the place where I'll raise my kids.


Posted May 16, 2009

For the students who seem to not fit in to Mountain Brook. I can honestly say I've felt that way before. But, it's not just Mountain Brook- it's every school. And I'd much rather be an outcast at a school like Mountain Brook, where I found my niche in a club or sport that I love, than at a surrounding school and end up in a gang or in a really bad place. Mountain Brook is just safe. In all respects. Sometimes, it's too safe and parents overlook problems with their kids, like drinking, but Mountain Brook is the best, safest, and smartest community to live in and it's totally worth a couple years of social awkwardness :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2009

For anyone who says this school isn't realistic, why don't you go try one of those 'realistic' schools. This is an amazing school with wonderful students. We have been in a realistic school, where they have to dumb everything down so that 'no child is left behind' and it leaves those students who want to excel and learn wanting more. The people are nice and not 'snobs' as one poster put. They are very welcoming, no matter what your economic status is. We have nothing but great things to say about the city and the school. We wouldn't go back to the so called reality for anything!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

This school pretty much stinks. Everyday my son comes home saying that everyone is a snob and that it is very hard for him to find a real friend. He says that most of his teachers don't even pay attention to him when he asks questions. He also says that he feels there is no structure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2008

I'm also currently enrolled at Mountain Brook, and I love it. The community IS homogeneous. However, my fellow students are open and welcoming despite this. The community is wealthy, but the kids remain very grounded. At MBHS, there are options galore, ranging from basic to AP they offer upwards of 20 AP s. Most teachers I ve had have been great, and I ve developed close relationships with some. The counseling staff does everything they can to help. When I have run into schedule conflicts, they have made special arrangements so I can take the classes I select. Activities-wise, there s an option for everyone. Clubs abound, there are abundant sports and service options, the theater and choir programs are amazing, the debate team is good, the art program regularly wins awards Top MBHS grads get into the most prestigious schools in the country, and students are prepared with Mountain Brook s rigorous curriculum.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2008

i am currently enrolled at mtn brook and too me its so unrealistic. its not the real world. and when people call it the tiny little kingdom it really is. i want to change schools but it is easier to get into some colleges apparently so my parents make me stay. this high school has so much materialism that it kills me sometimes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2008

We're new to the Mtn Brk system and have found the teachers and facilities to be without equal even when it comes to comparing them to private schools. Nothing but praise in this area. The kids are nice and come from well-heeled and well-off families, without exception. While this school has intoxicating combination of teachers, facilities, commitment, parental involment, ambition, and unlimitled resources, but it is really deficient in one thing; and it is big. There is ZERO diversity (and no, we are no exception) and I fear that at this impressionable age the kids are really missing out on perspective or 'Life in the Real World'. The real world does not look like or resemble this school. Go to any major corporation in this country as proof. For our kids sake lets try to incorporate some type of diversity events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

The entire school system is wonderful. I am a former student and now parent with kids in the system. I am constantly amazed at what a positive environment this school has. Everyone is so involved and encouraging in these schools. People want the best for the kids in these schools. My kids were attending a local private school but with a school like this in the area we decided to make a change. Every aspect of my children's school experience has changed for the better. They love school and are learning so much! 110% positive experience from my own past experience and now more importantly as a parent.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 30, 2006

A truly excellent public high school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 11, 2004

It's a Great school system. Mountain Brook is such a good school and the teachers are great. Everyone is so helpful and alot of the kids get great grades. It's one of the best schools in the country and it is a really tough school, but the kids really study well and do their best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

The faculty really care about the students. Discipline could be a little stronger, but these are highly motivated kids, a little slack doesn't hurt.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2003

One of the best schools in the country. All aspects exceed expectations and final results of the individuals are above average to stellar. The test material is virtually college level.


Posted December 3, 2003

The highest academic expectations and curriculum for a high school. Extracurricular activities are numerous and focused on sports, community, the arts, and academic. Students are well prepared for college.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Biology I

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

338 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

294 students were tested at this school in 2009.

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Social Studies

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

337 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

334 students were tested at this school in 2009.

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Social Studies

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

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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

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Math

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Reading

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Social Studies

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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

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Non-poverty100%

Language

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Math

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Reading

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Social Studies

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Non-migrant100%
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Non-poverty100%
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 98% 58%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 34%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 5%
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 0%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3650 Bethune Dr
Mountain Brook, AL 35223
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