Posted 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.
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.
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.
Brookfield is a wonderful introduction to education with music, art, and french, giving your child the advantages he needs to succeed in life.
Principal-owner lets in poor quality students with behavorial and emotional problems just because their parents pay the high tuition. Don't apply.
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.
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.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Brookfield School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Brookfield School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.