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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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.
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.