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Brookwood High School

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Posted August 14, 2014

Having been in the Brookwood district for 10+ years, I can honestly say that it thoroughly deserves a 5-star rating. Many complain about the occasional poor teacher but there are bound to be suckers in even the best group. The community whole-heartedly supports the schools in the cluster, all of which are fantastic. Brookwood's AP program is fantastic and the College Prep students are never left behind unless they make very concerted effort to be (and those instances are exceptionally rare). The diversity among races in the student body is excellent and despite what others posting reviews may have said, racism definitely not a part of who we are. Sure, the dress code could probably be loosened up a bit, lunch might taste better, and the 3,300+ student body probably needs to revisited (especially with the threat of apartments in the district) but on the whole, the Brookwood cluster is fantastic, and Brookwood High is THE place to be.


Posted July 27, 2014

Brookwood is a very good school. The teachers there care about you and challenge you to a reasonable extent. Many of them are approachable outside of class. In fact, many teachers graduated from Brookwood themselves or they've been teaching there for a long time. The school has a strong work ethic. Outside of class, there are plenty of activities and clubs to get involved with. The only problem is the school's AP program. It's true that Brookwood has one of the highest passing rates on the AP Exam in the nation. However, anybody, including CP students, can easily get into an AP class even though a teacher recommendation is required. It may not seem that way at first because the school is very strict in determining who can take AP Human Geography for the ninth grade. Also, all honors and gifted math students have to take an AP math class in the 12th grade even if they don't want to. As a result, a lot of people struggle in AP classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2014

Most students that attend Brookwood concur that the only thing Administration cares about is test scores. Many students are frustrated with this and do not feel like they are getting their full education they should be getting. Along with that, the Brookwood Administration is very strict on the dress code and late policy. I think most people would agree that the dress code should be changed and be more lenient. Outfits that do not even pose to be a distraction could fall into dress code violation. It seems very unfair, especially to girls. Now for the late policy. It is understandable that being more than a minute or two can be disruptive to the class and/or teacher, but 10 seconds late and you get penalized? I thought high school was suppose to prepare you for college, and as I understand it college does not care about students being late. It is ridiculous to the amount of effort the school puts towards enforcing the dress code and late policy. They could using that time to improve the way they run things here. Overall, I am not satisfied, along with many others at this school. I would try to complain directly to the school administration, but I know they would never listen.


Posted January 7, 2014

Need to put more into their basketball program.. It is really going down...Alot of talent has transferred to other schools because they are not putting anything into their basketball program....Also can use a NEW coaching staff. Coaches that have knowledge of the game and how to pick the best athletes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

Brookwood has great teachers and lots of extracurricular activities, however if you/your child is average, he/she gets with the bottom performers, while other kids are in honors, gifted or AP. i would also not recommend moving to this area after elementary school. Brookwood is extremely cliquish and too big. The kids arent welcoming to new friends and it would be tough socially for anyone who did not grow up in the area. I was really glad when i graduated and knew i would never have to go back. My experience was okay, but more on the unfavorable side. The best part are the teachers and their willingness to be available before and after school if you need it.


Posted August 3, 2012

I moved my family to the Brookwood Cluster 10 years ago as my son began 1st grade. He has continued through the years to recieve an examplary education including many offerings not provided by some of the private schools in the area. Scheduled to begin his Sophomore year at Brookwood High School next week, my wife and I are still very happy. Debra Dees, her staff, the teachers and students all contibute to making the school the premier public school in the county, state and one of the top in the nation. I believe you get out what you put into something, as such, my wife and I are very invloved with the school and community, and see the results we expect. WELL DONE BROOKWOOD!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2012

It is not all of that, there are other schools that are good,too Too, much bragging going on!!!


Posted November 3, 2011

Debra Dees is an outstanding principle with a great adminstrative staff! She knows how to work with the teachers to achieve the best results for all students. All new and experienced teachers there rate her as the best leader in the Gwinnett County School System!


Posted November 1, 2011

I used to go to a small private school, about 300 students, upon transferring, i wasn't overwhelmed, but the students here aren't very open to new students not are they easy to talk to, and very easy to be judging. I do not recommend this school to students coming from an environment in which they have been in for a substantial number of years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2011

I simply LOVE the Brookwood School district! I've lived in Snellville for the past 10 years and my children were enrolled in 'not so desirable' schools in Gwinnett County. I moved further out in Snellville to become a resident of this school district to afford my children a quality education without having to enroll them in private schools. My daughter is a Freshman at Brookwood High (soon to become a Sophomore) and is doing quite well in the gifted program as well as excelling tremendously in their Orchestra program. Any time I talk about Brookwood High, Brookwood Elementary and A.C. Crews Middle Schools, they all get rave reviews!! As a single parent, the housing costs are a little more expensive, but it's well worth the quality education my children are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

Dr. Michael E. Schmidt was the head of a committee of three students who were chosen to select the school mascot and colors. The Brookwood school song and fight song were selected by Dr. Michael E. Schmidt and Brookwood's first band director the late Stewart Hughes. Laura Zieker BHS' first choir teacher wrote the words to Brookwood's school song. Both songs were based upon the songs from Tucker High School. Dr. Michael E. Schmidt arranged the first arrangement of Brookwood High School's fight song. The colors chosen were maroon and gold which were based upon the colors of Florida State University. The runner-up choice for Brookwood's color was Carolina blue. The original Brookwood HS logo/mascott selected by the three student committee was a full bronco surrounded by a horseshoe. The current logo is that of a bronco head. The second choice for the school mascot was a bear.


Posted September 28, 2010

I worked at Brookwood prior to my retirement and I feel that it is one of the best schools I ever taught at. The administration is dynamic and caring towards students, faculty and the community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 28, 2010

This is the school to attend in Gwinnett! Everyone knows about Brookwood all over the state. Great academics, high test scores,great sports program, enthusiastic and loyal student body, exceptional teachers, and exemplary parent support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Brookwood is a great school but when it comes to time its really bad.I get up at about 6 to go to school because school starts at 7 20
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2009

I love Brookwood because it is a really great school and they give us a lot of freedom.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2009

this school is really bad when it comes to time..... my son gets up about 5 and comes home super tired...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

As a Brookwood graduate and a current student at one of the top universities in the nation, I believe my experience at the school was a wholly positive one. The school is not perfect. The counseling staff is subpar in terms of handling student application to college, and the large student body makes personal relationships with guidance counselors next to impossible. Furthermore, we as a school have poor relationships with the top universities, which bars BHS's top students from gaining acceptance. The school has problems, mainly those of drinking and drug usage, but these are sporadic and (contrary to Hollywood depiction) not the norm. I had some of the best teachers while at BHS, who inspired me to love learning. BHS is a first-class store situated in a last-place state, but it is still fabulous.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2009

Not just the best school of the county, but perhaps the best school in Georgia. I'd only attended that school for about 3 month before transferring to another school and I really regretted Brookwood.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2009

I attended school in the North and I could only have dreamed of attending a public school as fine as Brookwood. When one considers the quality of academics, and the vast extra curricular offerings, it is hard to find a more well rounded school. Parent participation is fabulous. Teachers are always willing to go the extra mile to help them if the student shows the desire for help. Perfect? No. But as in life, the students get out of school, what they put into it. I am very proud to be a Brookwood parent and am extremely happy I live in this district. My children are as prepared as they can be for college and for life. I feel grateful that my children could attend such a fine cluster of schools and know they will look back fondly on their school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

Excellent school. I know that it is in one of the lowest scoring states but it still produces results high above the national average. I feel very safe there. The good thing about it being such a large school is that you will find a friend. The studious types don't need to be worried as there are many high acheivers to comfort them.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

785 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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97%

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98%

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97%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

771 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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97%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

784 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
97%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

787 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

770 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

829 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

791 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

866 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

790 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

799 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 44%
Black 20% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 3%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Debra Dees
Fax number
  • (770) 978-5075

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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1255 Dogwood Rd
Snellville, GA 30078
Phone: (770) 972-7642

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