Dr. Jo Gonsalves, November 20, 2012
Brookfield school has enjoyed a long standing reputation as the finest academic program in the region. It is a rigorous, accelerated program, that is not suitable for all students and all learning styles. However, we have a clear mission, that is to serve a population of students who are sadly underserved by a educational culture of low expectations. Brookfield School provides a culture where it is "cool to be smart," and students are encouraged to excell and take on leadership roles. They are expected to treat each other and the adults around them with respect and kindness. Parents are expected to monitor homework and study, and to support their child's teachers. This partnership results in happy, high acheiving kids who love school, and love to learn. That's why Brookfield graduates are highly sought after by the most prestigious and selective high schools. Check our website: www.brookfieldschool.org to view our students' outstanding annual SAT 10 scores and to learn more about our school's academic program, admissions process, and school culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Great academics - prepared me for all of my education. However I think the school has changed a lot under new ownership.
Good private school,great teachers,new ownership, curriculum in transition.Lease is up soon & the school might be relocated
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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