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PK-8
Private
Sacramento, CA
Students enrolled: 145
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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6115 Riverside Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95818

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(916) 442-1255
(916) 443-5477
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November 21, 2014
This is my son's first term at Brookfield. He has attended four private schools- 3 in CA and one one the East Coast. Was the transition for my son bumpy in the beginning? Yes. Have Dr. Gonsalves and her staff listened to our concerns and supported us during the transition? Absolutely. We have been here for less than a year, and my son is flourishing both academically and socially. Dr. Gonsalves has personally done everything she can to welcome us into the Brookfield fold and ensure that our son is academically on track. Her genuine dedication to the Brookfield community, and considerable educational experience has been a blessing and a source of reassurance. We looked into several schools in the area before deciding to enroll our son here, and we haven't looked back.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
My child attended this school for SEVERAL years, not just one. I made sure that before I wrote a review I gave the school and my child adequite time. I mean, how can one really evaluate a school based on 1 year since all 4 years we were there have been so very different based on teachers style of teaching. Does some yell, YES wait until 3rd & Middle School. Are kids mean and bully, YES... give it time these are still kids. Did my child get a good education? Yes (not consistant), but they are getting a great one now. We left because we wanted a strong STEM foundation not just a lot of reading and h/w. My child now UNDERSTANDS what is being taught. There is a difference. If I had to do it all over again, would I choose Brookfield. I can say Yes, I would for the lower grades to get that foundation... after Mrs. B, it's worthless but we stayed for a bit more. I now realized what was lacking and that was the complete understanding of what was being taught. Imagine only being able to read about a beach, versus actually being able to experience the smell, the sound, the breeze the waves cause as it rushes in. Well, my child is now getting the latter which is beautiful.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
Brookfield gave my child her love for learning back. My child loved learning and now she was coming home exhausted and anxious. After constantly battling homework and forcing reading time, we started looking for a new school. We had her shadow Brookfield for 2 days and she fell in love it with. She said she was able to think and concentrate. She also said that the other kids weren't loud and the teacher did not scream if someone didn't follow directions. She asked to shadow one more day, at the end of the day she asked me not to take her back to her other school. We made the move and have not looked back. She's very happy. She now reads without being prompted, no more homework battles, her penmanship has improved dramatically but most important she wants to go to school. The teachers are caring and encouraging. Yes, expectations are high just like they are at home but she has exceeded them. I have no doubt that she is getting a very solid foundation that will be an integral part of her school life for many years.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2014
Caring a great deal about the students I educate, I periodically check this site and read new reviews. Having taught primary grades in Illinois and California--including public, as well as secular and non-secular private, I find Brookfield an excellent place to teach and learn. It is difficult to imagine a more caring and talented team of educators, or a principal better suited to lead them. The students are well behaved, friendly, and well equipped to meet the challenges of the accelerated curriculum Brookfield provides. Add into the mix supportive, well educated parents who share the high standards of Brookfield's teachers and administration...Granted, the physical facility isn't ideal. However, it isn't--and never was--the facility that makes Brookfield so successful at doing what it does best--educating and loving children.

- submitted by a teacher
March 05, 2014
Brookfield is a gem our boys transferred into Brookfield this year (1st and 5th) from a parochial school and had a seamless transfer thanks to the connected staff and kind students. After two 'shadow days', both had a spark in their eye and said they wanted to stay at Brookfield! Our 1st grader is learning French, challenging spelling words taught in a kinesthetic manner, writing book reports using proper format and grammar, accelerated math concepts, music, daily physical education (not just "go play"), and much more. With a dedicated, loving teacher, no wonder he wakes up early for school! Our 5th grader has never been happier. He's surrounded with like-minded kids who know it's cool to be smart and support each other's successes. The middle school teachers are all highly educated (check website) and involved with the students. Academics are rigorous, which is exactly what our gifted middle school son was craving. The teachers customize the learning experience and present it in a fun and engaging way. We have seen genuine support and enthusiasm from all of the middle school teachers. Both boys are excited about learning again! Nothing but praise for this special place.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
Our child started at Brookfield with the hopes of bright academic future. After 3 years we left. The schools owners will be their demise. They have troubles making payroll and were asking parents for money to build a future school which will never be. They are located in a substandard building for the amount of tuition we paid. The teachers are not required to be credentialed. The teachers assign work to be completed at home and don't actually teach because of the mass volume of material the owners require them to cover. Homelife is miserable because parents have to be involved with their childs homework nightly. For what the students do retain, they can't explain because it's rote memorization. The Elementary Grades are where most of the high reviews are from as the parents were asked to post on the site to improve the schools rating. Families are leaving the school frequently and going to much better run private schools with modern facilities for less cost of tuition. Don't drink the kool-aid folks.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
I am saddened to say that Brookfield has declined over the past couple years I am a Parent and have seen that Brookfield has been getting worse every year for one thing the school no longer has a legible athletic program also students have been complaining about the full Fridays and only having 1st Fridays as short days and for bake sale. There are also few elective choices. The good Brookfield reviews are really only coming from the elementary part, but what about the middle school. All of the boys in 8th decided to leave. I hope Brookfield improves

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
My daughter is a first grader at Brookfield School. We love sending our child here. The teachers are very engaged and keep parents in the loop regarding the student's progress. I even get text messages when my child's report card has been posted online (to their secure server). Dr. Jo Gonsalves, the Principal has a knack for finding and hiring true gems as teachers: Ms. Angie Pfleiderer for Pre-First students, Ms. Mertel for Pre-First, Mr. David Shackelford and Mr. Davis. You can tell that all of them have found their true calling in teaching. Mr. Shackelford emails us regularly sharing the progress our child makes at the school. If your child is ready for an advanced curriculum, then this is the best place to send them. You get the sense that the teacher and the parents are truly part of the same team helping your child blossom. Kudos to the Brookfield Principal and her teaching staff for all that they do!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
We love Brookfield!!! We have two children at Brookfield and are preparing to send our third in two years. This diverse school has proven over and over again to be the perfect blend of academic challenge and creativity. The kids do not even realize how advanced they are as it is all they've known. They are reading chapter books, writing essays and completing 2nd grade math problems by the end of kindergarten (pre-first). They learn in fun, unique ways and the teaching staff (all of which are exceptional) are excited, motivated and available no matter what time of the day to both you and your child. This school is not for everyone, however. You have to work with your child everyday on homework and projects. If you aren't willing to make this time, you should probably look elsewhere. For us, being part of our kids' academic enrichment is very important. The principal is also incredibly involved - she does weekly newsletters, allows for drop-ins and checks emails frequently. My husband and I never had this kind of experience as children. We are so proud to be Brookfiejd parents. :-)

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Brookfield has been a wonderful learning environment for our daughter. She is learning so much in a challenging academic environment, and she absolutely loves it!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Mrs. Mertell is the msot amazing teacher. Mrs. Mertell is warm, loving, caring, never judgemental, enthusiastic, and eager to teach the children. My daughter looks forward to school every morning and returns in the evening bragging about her day. The staff at the school always greets parents and children with warm smiles and genuine attitudes. The correspondence between the school and parents is open and always flowing. I feel informed and welcome to call the staff and teachers. There have even been instances of Mrs. Mertell exchanging emails with me into the late night hours. Amazing school! I am eager to send my youngest there, once she is old enough. I can't say enough wonderful things about my daughter's experience and my experience with the school, staff, and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Wow, after reading some of the reviews I am just perplexed. I spend very little time on blogs and typically take reviews with a grain of salt whenever I am online researching anything, but I feel compelled to submit a review in defense of this wonderful little school. I relocated from the Bay Area and I come from a very high standard of academics. I have found Brookfield to be an exceptional school. Just to clarify, the school rents space from a Jewish Temple, and is a non-secular school. Tuition is about $11,000. Class sizes are very small.I have a 3rd grader we ranged from 11-14 children in the class.My child is thriving in this environment. The children are nurturing and supportive to one another. They genuinely love learning and I see excitement and drive.The campus is a bit dated, and a new school is in construction. I prioritize a stellar education over older buildings - not whether each kid has an iPad. This is a school where your child will thrive and have a supportive and positive peer group to learn with. We have great diversity and a group of parents that value education and placing their child in a safe environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
My third child is at Brookfield right now and is receiving an amazing education, just like her two older siblings, and her mother. The standards that Brookfield teachers hold the students to are very high, both academically and personally. Our kids' test scores on the annual SAT 10(and SAT 9, previously) show how academically rigorous the curriculum and accountability is at Brookfield. They have learned how to be integral parts of teams and to hold themselves personally accountable for their school work and responsibilities. Brookfield is a wonderfully enriching environment for all students.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Our son just started attending Brookfield and we are amazed at how well he is doing. The school is all about the childrens learning experience with a primary focus on strong academic curriculum and personal attention. The principle, teachers, and staff are attentive, helpful, and understanding in my interactions with them. Taking all my questions and concerns and displaying a true positive attitude toward learning. I look forward to all the knowledge our son will be getting and comfortable with the schools personal attention that encourages student achievement and responsible behavior.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Brookfield so far has been very good for our daughter who is a new transfer student this year; she was in a locall catholic shool before and simply wasn't academically challenged enough. This school offers small classes and thus an intense learning environment with what so far appears to be very motivated teachers. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
My daughter is in Pre-First (Brookfield's Kindergarten) and we just LOVE IT! The Principal, Dr. Jo is amazing. The Pre-First teachers are top notch. You wouldn't believe what these kids are learning and happily...reading, writing, spelling, math!!! No waiting around for kindergarten year to "be over" so they can actually learn something (which is what all of my friends with kids in public school are saying). In addition, they are learning French...yes, REALLY LEARNING French!! And have PE and music classes which the kids just love. They are learning computer use. The teachers in these subject areas are fantastic. The student body is very well balanced, well mannered, and very bright. What a great peer group in all grades! The parents are wonderful. We are SO happy with our decision to enroll our daughter here. Thank you for being here, Brookfield!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
Parents beware! The principal tries, but Dont let the pretty website fool you. I have two children at this school and have for the past two years (im currently in the process of looking at other schools). My kids have had a couple of really caring teachers. The cons: 1). High tuition for low ROI -- the academics in some of the grades are good, BUT they are on par with many of the FREE local gate programs. 2). Lots of teacher turnover. The teachers that are there now are underpaid for the demands placed on them by the owners. The art and music program for the past year has been sub-par at best 3). The facility (which has NO air conditioning in most of the classrooms, the restrooms are NO DIFFERENT than a public resttoom at a gas station, NO CAFETERIA-- so the children must eat outside, regardless of weather conditions, a sub-par sports program (in fact student teams often play against each other due to the fact that the local schools dont recognize our program as viable 4). The fact that the 2013 8th grade graduating class only had about 7 students is clear that most people learn quick and dont tend to stick around for 5th-8th grade. This school is degrading quickly.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
This school is not worth the cost. The owners are running a for-profit business, so their number one goal is to make money, not care about the kids or parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Our child is now in her second year at Brookfield School and we couldn t be happier. Brookfield has an accelerated curriculum, but it is a vibrant, diverse, and child-centered place for learning. Class sizes are half the size of public schools; teachers are enthusiastic and engaged with parents as well as with the children. The school provides study hall each afternoon for students to work on their homework and there is a comprehensive K-8 sports program that the public schools just can t offer. The facility is a 50 s style building not unlike parochial schools in the area, but a brand new facility is on the horizon. Parents are not asked to fundraise and the tuition cost is worth every dollar spent. The school leader and principal, Dr. Jo sets the tone for the school with grace and humor amidst high expectations. We turned down one of the best public charters in the area for Brookfield and have no regrets. On week into summer vacation, our child was longing to go back to Brookfield.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2013
I am saddened by the changes over the years and the decimation of extra curricular programs. Our middle school children no longer have a music program to participate in. The firing of the previous instructors of 40 plus years was not warranted and we withheld comment until we had a year of instruction from the new teacher. Definitely not qualifiied to teach a show choir or musical theater program. Very unhappy as we now need to find other musical outlets for our children. Nothing left for upper grade students and that has many students opting for others schools at 7th & 8th grade levels.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
My son is a transfer student at Brookfield. We couldn't ask for a more welcoming place for him. He is finally challenged academically and is more at home with his peers. He told me that he "loves the school because everyone in his class is like him". He is excelling in the excellent learning environment at Brookfield.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
OK, what happened to an update on school security from school owner? We were told that we are going to receive an update on current security procedures, or we all forgot Newton, CT too soon.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2012
I am not much of a read and rate person, but following an extremely disappointing musical performance by our children last night I feel compelled to make a comment. We have several children spanning the upper and lower grade levels and thus have been with Brookfield for some time. Over the recent years we have witnessed a continual decline of our student programs. A few include the dismissal of an excellent Art instructor for extremely substandard replacements and is reported due to financial issues however exact reasons are unknown. The recent dismissal of the schools music instructors for over 42 years and replacement that lead to the dismal performance last evening and then forced standing ovation by the principal: it was a disgrace! The computer science department is running on windows operating systems and programs with no thought or consideration about those with Mac computers, iPads, iPhones etc........Needs to enter the current century! For the amount of Tuition, some of the class sizes are extremely large, yet in the upper grades a large class size seems to be greater than 5 (think there might be some academic issues?) I wont go on: hope it gets the attention of ....

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
My child is in a lower level grade and we are very pleased overall. Outstanding academics and children very much strive for meeting high academics and social standards. I love the small class sizes, parental involvement, like-minded families with similar goals. Areas for administration to focus on: retaining teachers (likely a salary issue), and enhancing middle school academics (which would then increase class size appropriately there). I think if these areas are addressed, Brookfield would earn the 5 star rating that it is capable of achieveing.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
I am also a current parent, and yes, while this school is NOT for everyone. I would disagree with this school being for TOP performers and provides superior academics. I would say for the middle school French, History & some parts of the English are very good. Math, Science... go elsewhere even public for a Top Notch, Superior education. I do like the class size but that's pretty much it. I'd say for 7th & 8th for sure you can find MUCH better for free as students do not perform better or in some cases even as well as their public counterparts. Just my take.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
There is clearly one disgruntled parent posting multiple bad reviews of this school. You can tell it is the same person, because he or she misspells the same word in each posting. I assure the reviewing community, that I am an actual parent at the school, and I wrote one of the very positive reviews posted below. The school is not for everyone. If a child is not a superior academic performer, the child is likely to experience difficulty at the school. The school best meets the needs of the truly top academic performing students. It has been a fabulous academic experience for our children.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
This school was a very bad experience for us. Several children in my child''s class were either pushed out or left voluntarily with no refund. My child's teacher told me honestly that she would not send her own children there. It is true about the homework. If you want to do 3 hours of homework as a parent, with the result that your child hates school, this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
Every morning our son avidly looks forward to another day of learning at Brookfield, & of engaging socially & academically with peers. He's quite fond of his teachers, who've been giving him just the right amount of push & stimulation. At his previous high ranking public school, he complained of boredom, but no longer. Brookfield is our best match for multiple reasons. We love the teachers. We re quite taken with the positive, contagious spirit the principal brings to our campus. We enjoy watching the kids engage in playful competition & friendly socialization before classes. And we re especially pleased with how the kids themselves take pride in their academics & push themselves & each other in a thoughtful manner. Our 3rd grader just walked into my study, at my invitation read this, & suggested a couple of grammar tweaks & then gave me a thumb up. :-) Summary? Brookfield students are enthusiastic, diverse, international; welcoming of each other & of academic challenges. Everywhere, seas of hands wave their desire to participate. Now I m seeing that same contagious excitement exported to our son s other classroom experiences outside of Brookfield. Bravo, Brookfield!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
It says a lot that the principle and the owners have to put good comments on the review page. They are obviously not secure enough and don t trust the parents to put positive comments. Honestly, many of the five star reviews are from the principle herself. Because of the language and the way they are written are very similar. Dr. Jo, it s time for you to leave the computer and go out and see what s actually going on in the school!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
Our son loves his teachers and is challenged by the program. We chose Brookfield because of their outstanding academic program, the wonderful curriculum, and the opportunity for him to be challenged. All of those things have been there in spades! Additionally, we love the community! Academics are incredibly important, but so are the quality of kids, parents, and teachers that he associates with. We love Brookfield.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
We searched all over Sacramento for a school that would fit our desire for a school that focuses on high academic standards in an environment that fosters a desire to learn and kindness to others. We had some trepidation hearing about Brookfield's curriculum. We investigated and liked the warm/fuzzy and physical aspects of parochial, parish and private schools. We did not like the entitlement /behavior we saw in the children at some of these schools combined with a less academic curriculum. So far, I cannot be more happy with Brookfield.They teach good homework habits from the start and the teachers clearly tell parents to not do the homework for the child.They stress that "creative spelling" is perfectly fine and what they are looking for the enthusiasm from the child to want to "write" stories which leads to some creative spelling. Some parents may want their child to turn in work that is heavily edited and maybe these parents feel pushed to do the work for the child. This not the goal for the teachers or the students.I have been happy with the extracurricular options at this point. The structure is lacking but the school is addressing it. All in all, happy after much research.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
If you want a school with facilities below public school standards and with a curriculum that pushes you to do your kids' homework for them then this is the school for you. At this school teachers are under paid and over worked and they don t cover enough in the class so there is a huge pressure from the principle on parents to hire them as tutors. Also the teachers turn over is very high. Many teachers quit right before school starts therefore kids end up having no teacher for the first few weeks of school

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2012
My wife and I knew that choosing the right school for our child would be one of the most important decisions we'd make as parents. We were looking for an environment that would help our child identify and develop her unique talents. We were looking for a school that would be an extension of our home in promoting the values we look to instill in our children. We were looking for an environment that would make learning fun; encourage our child's creativity; and a place that would give her a real foundation for her dreams. We found that school in Brookfield. Here are just a few reasons why we love Brookfield... The principal personally tests each and every child before admitting him/her into the appropriate class. The teachers are knowledgeable and very engaged with the parent community. The class sizes are appropriately small. The owners of the school communicate directly with the parent community about their future plans for the school. Brookfield School gets a five start from us!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
Brookfield has been an excellent place for our two daughters. The opportunities provided to our girls in arts, education and sports are perfect for where are girls are in life. They will have a new facility next year which will significantly improve the building they are in. But, the people and curriculum is top notch.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
We realize that not every family is the right fit for a school. Families who choose Brookfield place great value on quality education. Our teachers are excellent, well-trained, caring people, many with Masters degrees and extensive teaching experience, and all of whom get accolades from the vast majority of parents. The principal is the school's leader and is very responsive to parents. We, the owners, are equally involved on a daily basis, albeit behind the scenes. Class sizes are rarely over 20, and the curriculum and teacher quality have significantly improved during our 9 years. SAT scores have always averaged in the 90s, and they rose this year. Yes, the school building is old and has many drawbacks, including no air conditioning. Unfortunately, since we do not own the building, we have been unable to change this. After a long search, we are delighted to share that plans are underway to move next summer into a brand new building. Meanwhile, Brookfield remains the top-quality preparatory school in the Sacramento area. Our graduates are highly sought after in local high schools and consistently test into higher-level classes. The quality of our results speaks for itself.

- submitted by a teacher
July 17, 2012
Here is the skinny on this school. Several teachers are excellent, some average and others are just poor. They are underpaid and overworked. The principal is not a take charge kind of person. The out of state owners direct this school by remote. Lower class sizes are large -20+in some cases. Upper clases lose a lot of students. The school is old-there are classes that have no a/c-this is not new. Why they dont put in a/cs, even window ones is beyond me. Limited sports facilities. The bathrooms are atrocious. Things have unfortunately gone from bad to worse over the last few years and nobody seems to listen. Sad about Brookfield

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
My 5-year old is in pre-first and she likes the school from the first day. The amount of homework is not too much. My daughter can easily manage it and also completes the extra homework. I check her homework every day and help her correct the mistakes. She has been making so much progress every day, beyond my expectation.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
As the principal of this fine institution, I appreciate the high ratings I enjoy and those of my exceptionally talented faculty. However, a large part of what makes Brookfield such a great school is our wonderful parent community. Our school is dedicated to providing the best educational experience for gifted and highly motivated children. That means Brookfield is not the right school for every child, but it is the perfect school for children who would be bored and unchallenged in a conventional school setting. Our parents play a huge role in their child's progress; they support our teachers, provide fun enrichment opportunities through field trips and special class activities, and are committed to being engaged agents in their child's education. That means making sure that their child is not overstimulated or stressed by too many extracurricular activies, and providing a supportive, nuturing home environment where their child is loved unconditionally. Brookfield parents are a community of diverse individuals united in their committment to give their children the best foundation for intellectual, social, and emotional development. Our "Great School" has the best parents!

- submitted by a teacher
November 15, 2011
Brookfield is a treasure! High schools love its graduates because they are so well prepared, academically and socially. The few negative comments are probably from those whose children could not rise to the academic challenges asked of the students or because they have their own agenda and cannot understand that this school succeeds because of its rigor. Parents are asked to be involved; but they are not asked to teach their kids or do the homework for them! Homework is given to reinforce and further the learning. That is simply what it takes to help students reach their personal best. The teachers are fabulous, and they care deeply about their students. The owners are sincere and dedicated to making the school the best it can be within its financial abilities; they rent from a church that is in charge of maintenance and clean-up, and as a private, independent school, tuition must cover all expenses. As for the facilities, if you are looking for shining new facilities, this is probably not the best place for you. But if you are looking for the best education, teachers, and a great parent community intent on helping students succeed, you have found the right place.

- submitted by a teacher
November 01, 2011
Brookfield has been a great school for my child. The class sizes are small (18 max). This is a benefit in itself given that some public schools have 30-40 kids in a class. There are a lot of projects that require parent help but overall the learning journey will pay off when they reach the higher grades. No school is perfect but Brookfield is a safe environment with a strong academic focus.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2011
Brookfield is a HORRIBLE school. The teachers and facilities have gotten so bad that half the sixth grade class has left. Dedicated parents whose children have gone to this school since preschool tried to tell the principal and owners that something was going wrong, however they were ignored. Some of the academics in this school are at an equal or lower level then public school academics. The teachers behave unethically and some just give worksheets and don t teach at all! They don t know how to handle a class. The 8th grade spent around two months on one chapter of algebra just because the teacher couldn t get the kids to behave. Many of the parents and students who asked for help were told to get tutors. The classrooms are small, there are no science facilities, no air conditioning in classrooms, and rats in the multipurpose room. NOT worth 10,000 a year!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2011
Dr. Jo Gonsalves has made this school the best school in Sacramento again. Period. Her exemplary administrative skills and dedication to the student body, as well as her experience as a teacher for many years makes this school such a wonderful experience for the children. The teachers are extraordinary, all donning some advanced graduate degree and an attitude about learning that makes me want to be a better parent/teacher at home. This school is amazing and I am so thrilled to have my children there. I didn't quite realize how much better it was until I had had conversations with friends whose children were attending other private schools. The level of academic achievement is astounding in comparison and like someone said before, the students at Brookfield don't even realize it. It's all just part of their "norm," which is so unbelievable. They make it fun, interesting and yet get down to business. This school, hands down, is the BEST school in town.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
Brookfield is not what it once was. My daughter started there before the change in ownership and we loved the school. She learned to read within the first month of school. 4 years later was completely different with my son. Myself and other familes had to pay for private tutoring on top of private tuition because the great teacher had been replaced so that the owners could save money. Very disappointing. There is no hot lunch, hardly any recess and the sports programs are sorely lacking. One can do a whole lot better.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
I have a child who attends this school and as I know there is nothing that is perfect... but I have found the PERFECT school for my child. Which by the was was not an easy feat. She is finally challanged and what's scarey is she is so very happy and is actually saying she is having fun. I was sort of concerned that she wasn't retaining anything because of the vast amount of information she was learning. But when quizzed weeks later, not only was I given the answers but they were followed up with all sorts of examples. I am so happy I have finally found the type of education I've been searching for.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2010
We have been extremely pleased with the education our children receive at Brookfield. They both love learning and are excited by new challenges. More importantly, they are developing excellent study and research skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Our children also participate in several of the extracurricular activities, which really add to their experience and help develop a strong sense of school spirit. I would recommend Brookfield to any parent with a child who enjoys being challenged academically.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2010
Each year we are amazed how much our son learns, and how much he loves it. Brookfield sets the bar high and the students work hard to meet the expectations. The kind, caring environment is wonderful. The older students are very caring toward the 'little kids'. All the teachers/staff know every student's name. A wonderful and involved group of parents. This student body is very diverse. I can't imagine sending my child to any other private elementary school in Sacramento.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
Brookfield is a wonderful school. We have three children attending Brookfield and find it to have an excellent academic cirriculum, great teachers and a diverse group of children. The parents are involved and care about the children. The owners are committed to providing quality education for their students and helping them achieve their goals.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
Brookfield is a refreshing breath of East Coast Prep School in the Northern California area. This school is similar to the schools I left in Connecticut. It is a simple, no nonsense school with a devoted group of parents and teachers who prefer a strong and steady approach to learning. It has a wonderful traditional quality matched with a challenging curriculum. The kids are gently led through an enormous amount of work and they hardly realize it! Great staff, great kids and a very nice group of parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
Brookfield is still a decent academic school but it has lost much of what made it one of the best schools in the area. Teacher retention is a major problem. They have turned over several teachers each of the last three years which is significant when there is only one teacher per grade. Class sizes now exceed 20 students making them larger than public school classes for the early grades. It used to be limited to 18. Facilities remain subpar even compared to public schools. These problems are due to the new ownership from a few years ago and the three different principals over the same time. Whatever the cause, when you pay for private school, you should expect more than you get from public school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
We have been very pleased with Brookfield. It is amazing the pace at which our children learn. They also are acquiring strong study skills and a passion for learning. I love that they are continually challenged. Our children have had three of the new teachers and we have been thrilled with all of them.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
I chose Brookfield because I wanted a top-notch education for my son, and I have not been disappointed. The program is tough, but I truly believe it is helping him reach his potential. The teachers are great, classes are small, and my son gets the attention and guidance I would expect from a private school. The school has taken some knocks over the last few years, mostly due to a change in ownership and the fallout from that. The current principal is terrific and has really improved the environment. She has brought in really superb teachers and she is very approachable. If you are looking for the best available education for your child and are willing to pay for it, this is it.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2008
Brookfield is a mid-tier private school (K-8) with relatively low tuition (~$8k/year) and modest facilities. Under previous ownership it had one of the premier academic programs in the area. Recently, there has been significant turnover degrading the program s quality. The faculty has diminished as principals and teachers have moved on or retired. There have been three principals in three years. Good teachers have been lost including arguably the best kindergarten teacher in the Sacramento region. Some new teachers are good but they aren t the ones that build Brookfield s reputation. The student population has been similarly affected. One entire grade is down to only four students. Students are moving to schools offering the same level of academic excellence along with sports, band, and a more modern facility. Brookfield is still a good option for some, but it is no longer one of the top private schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
Do you have a bright child? Value a stimulating academic environment? Desire a small campus where older children model good behavior and young children are nurtured? Desire an environment where values such as kindness, safety, productivity, compassion and self discipline stressed? If the answer is yes, I strongly urge you to consider Brookfield. Our 2 children attend the lower grades. The academics are rigorous, which is why admission testing is taken seriously. We have experienced new teachers that are fabulous. The principal is exceptionally well qualified. Sacramento offers many choices, but in our opinion, the 'Brookfield Way' is indeed special.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
Brookfield is the most elite learning center in the greater Sacramento area, a distinction confirmed every year via the students' results on standardized tests. Typically a grade or more ahead than their counterparts in the public schools, this accellerated and rigorous academic culture is nurtured by teachers with a passion of developing young minds. Very competitive to be accepted into and even harder to 'make the grade' while enrolled, beware that Brookfield moves at a much faster clip than other schools and may or may not be the best match. However, for us, we are exceedingly pleased with the instruction and love for learning our child is receiving at Brookfield.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
Costly? yes; however, not a group of 'rich kids' not a group of 'nerds' but most definitely smart kids! Intelligence is respected among peers, not ridiculed. My daughter leaves home with a smile and returns with a smile (and straight A's).Accelerated academics not for everyone, but worth every cent so far!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
Brookfield has always been known to be one of the best private schools in Sacramento. However, within the past 3 years, I have seen many changes. The teachers are forced to accelerate the curriculum faster than they kids are prepared to do. It is costly to attend. I have two kids attending, and can say that Kindergarten - 4th grade, is great.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2007
Brookfield was a really good school when I entered in kindergarden. all the teachers were very supportive and fun. However, the quality of schooling has gone down substantially. Brookfield is a good school overall, but prepare to pay alot for tuition. if I were to choose a school for academia, I wold definately choose brookfield. The teachers, for the most part are very caring.

- submitted by a student
December 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2006
The staff is of the highest quality. They teach for the love of teaching and have set a standard of high expectations for academics and behavior. The students are their number one priority. The quality of the teaching staff was what brought us to Brookfield and that is what keeps us there.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 18, 2006
Great academics - prepared me for all of my education. However I think the school has changed a lot under new ownership.

- submitted by a former student
June 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
Good private school,great teachers,new ownership, curriculum in transition.Lease is up soon & the school might be relocated

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
Brookfield has been an excellent school for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
Despite a good reputation over the past 35 years, I have been a disapointed Brookfield parent. While the curriculum is accelerated, the students seem to lack a passion for learning. There are a few teachers that have been at the school for a very long time... they are great. Yet, the majority are new teachers who lack a true connection with their students. I think the contributing factor to the slide of Brookfield's quality is that ownership has changed hands twice in the last 5 years. The woman who started the school back in the 1960's built the reputation. When she sold it in 1999, the new owner experienced some problems. Now she just sold it to people who live out of state. I think that it is important for owners/administrators to be locally based. A school can only live on an old reputation for so long...

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2005
Academics are excellent - at least one year ahead of grade level, although main emphasis seems to be on memorization, not necessarily comprehension. Music, art etc are all outside of normal classroom. Parent involvement in classroom is near none.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Brookfield is a good school however it is not for everyone. We had to pull our child out of this school because he just could not keep up and could not excel. We also found that the homework was just too much...no time for other activities. I believe they are also over priced, do not provide lunches or buses for field trips, limited facilities for outdoor activities, weak PE. Check out other schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2004
Brookfield is a challenging, accelerated, and nurturing school. Teachers are committed to students and give individual attention. It is amazing to see how much my child has accomplished and grown in her academics each year. The requirements at the school are rigorous, stimulating, and allow my child to stretch to her potential. My daughter thrives with the monthly poetry, book report, and speech. She amazes everyone with the computer skills she has learned. The French teacher really puts a love of the language into the students. Students are going to France for two weeks with Madame. The principal takes a great interest in the students and she has made a lot of great changes without compromising the academics. There are more field trips for the older students and more after school activities: strings, band, art, tennis, Odyssey of the Mind, newspaper club. This is a stellar school in the Sacramento area.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2004
Brookfield is a fabulous school! The curriculum is accelerated, rigorous, stimulating and fun. Teachers are very nurturing and go into depth with the subject areas. My husband and I are amazed to see how much our daughter has learned at the end of each year. The strong academics are enhanced with monthly poetry, book reports, and speeches. In addition, my daughter is truly computer literate - definitely beyond the capabilities of many adults. The French teacher instills a love of the language and takes the students to France. The principal has her heart and interest with the children. She has maintained a strong curriculum as well as added extra curricular activities of student council, after school art, band, strings, Odyssey of the Mind, and newspaper club. We think Brookfield is of the highest caliber in the Sacramento region to develop a child's potential academically and emotionally. We love Brookfield!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
Brrokfield has been open for 40 years; however, the original owner sold it in 1999 to another woman. Unfortunately, it is a shell of what it once was. When my children attended in the 1970's, it was the place to go in Sacramento if you wanted the best private school. I went back to visit Brookfield this year as my great nephew will soon be of age to attend. I was saddened to see the changes. In recent years, other local private and public schools have surpased Brookfield in terms of academics. It was very sad to see a once great school fall from grace. The ownership change really made a profound difference.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2004
After visiting many schools, we finally selected Brookfield as the number one school of choice for our child. We feel so fortunate and blessed that our child could attend such a fantastic school. The academic curriculum is stellar. The teachers and administrator are fantastic. Teachers are responsive, caring, and excellent in their teaching. It's amazing what our child can do! The administrator is very responsive and takes a personal interest in each child and family. She has instituted more extracurricular activities and has maintained the high academic rigor to have our chlld well prepared for high school. We feel that our child is in a very safe environment. There are high expectations behaviorally - students are well mannered and the few disciplinary problems are dealt with fairly with parents informed. We are grateful that our child can be at such a fabulous learning institution.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2003
Brookfield is a wonderful introduction to education with music, art, and french, giving your child the advantages he needs to succeed in life.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2003
Principal-owner lets in poor quality students with behavorial and emotional problems just because their parents pay the high tuition. Don't apply.

- submitted by a parent
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Brookfield has earned the reputation as the top academic program in the greater Sacramento region, but we are so much more! Our diverse community of learners gain strong leadership skills, public speaking skills, and collaborative skills in a friendly, nuturing environment where "it's cool to be smart." Our program infuses the Arts and an impressive array of sports and other fun activities to give our students a balanced education. Come visit us and see what "Brookfield Way" is all about!

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Brookfield School
6115 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, CA  95818
(916) 442-1255
Last modified Brookfield School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Brookfield School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top