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Brooks College Prep Academy High School

Public | 9-12 | 778 students

 

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Posted December 5, 2013

Small class sizes, excellent and involved principal, diverse student body, challenging courses (including AP), plenty of activities/ sports, 100% college placement and safe environment. There are NO fights or gangs at this school, only scholars! Parental involvement is strong at Brooks esp through Brooks Parents Club, which meets monthly. My child graduated from Skinner West Classical School (CPS)and is now a sophomore and is excelling. I feel comftable knowing he is safe when I drop him off everyday at Brooks. In the Spring, my son will travel overseas to Italy/Europe through Brooks travel abroad program. My son also participate in swimming and baseball. He has met a diverse group of friends from all over the city. I love that Brooks main focus us ACT preparation and getting every student into college with scholarships. I know we mafe the right decision by choosing Brooks. Attending Brooks College Prep is like attending a private school for free!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

My school is fantastic. The clubs are amazing and useful to the community. The school is cultural, diverse, and welcoming. The people are amazing. The staff really cares about you and strives to help you be the best you can be. They want you to succeed. I really love this school. I would recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2011

Let me say that brooks is a fundamental / AMAZiNG school. I dont go there but i am applying their they are my first choice the open house i attended was just wondeful. They have remodled and it's looking very good they have a pond outisde the school it's a beautiful site to see and there school is well organized and clean. There academics is excellent. They have 99% ready and prepared to graduate and go on to college is that cool or what. I hope i get accepcted well me and my twin. we both applied. if u are trying to find a good outstandnig high school brooks is the one. o and i LOVE their choir they all sound like angels ! GO BROOKS. :) the teachers there are awesome & cool.


Posted March 30, 2011

This is an amazing school! I have been challenged and learned so much. I am glad I was accepted to this school. I am have been accepted to Harvard College on the east coast and Duke University (amongst others). I have chosen Duke University and is excited to attend in the fall. The teachers are great and they help you out if you need some extra help. I am going to miss Brooks College Prep.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

This is our second year in the Brooks family. I think that Dr. Brown, the teachers, and the rest of Brooks staff are doing a great job. My child's academic needs are being met. The teachers and curriculum is challenging. The extra curricular activities are getting better. My son feels very safe at this school and I do not worry about him while he is there. Many improvements are being made to the campus. Such as a swimming pool, new gym, auditorium, bowling alley, and football field. We couldn't ask for a better school. This is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2009

My child went to Brooks for four years and did not like the school. My response was this is a top ranked school, and it will be good for you. Ever since the new principal was hired, the school seems to be going down except in sports. You have very good teachers in place if they are allowed to teach, and the rest need to come up to the task. I pulled my child out and transferred to another high school. At this time her grades have gotten better, and will graduate on schedule. My child has picked up on the subjects they fell behind in, and are on the right track. My heart fell Thanks go out to all that helped while my child was there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

My two daughters attended this school there freshman, and sophmore year. Unfortunetly, we had moved because of my husbands job. This schools cirriculum is outstanding, and the teachers were very helpful to my childrens needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2008

I am a current freshman at Brooks and I absolutely love my school! The curriculum is very good but it's challenging!! You can not slack off because it will show in your grades immediately. Teachers provide both students and parents with phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Students here stay focused on their work and still like to have fun. Students have alot of school spirit and like to help each other. Brooks is THE school to go to!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2007

GBCP has a good college prep curriculum, but needs to add more AP classes,better prepare students for standardized testing,and track student 4 year progress with better college prep counseling services. Brooks, academically is a top school on the South Side of Chicago, but doesn't operate at the same level as the other top Selective Enrollment schools. Parental involvement is very low. The school website is not updated and there's no computer system for parents to track student progress. Most students are satisfied, but don't realize that they aren't receiving the same quality services that other top Selective Enrollment schools receive. Activities are sufficient, but sports programs are a work in progress,some good, some bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2006

(GBCPA),Gwendolyn Brooks College Preratory Academy is an absolutly amazing highschool. The school is absolutly breathtaking, surrounded by beautiful wildlife attracted by the very immaculate pond taht does nothing but add to the beauty of the school. The students that attend GBCPA are some of the brightest students in Chicago. Although the classes are quite difficult GBCPA is a great Highschool to consider.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2006

Being a current student at Brooks I know what the school is about. The curriculum is excellent, you really learn how high school isn't a joke and that college won't be either. They expect alot out of there students and they try not to be to hard on us but it's tough so you really have to be serious or you will be in alot of trouble. I can't say much else but you would want your child to go here it's great and this school makes it easy to stay focused because alot of activities that go on in the school happen at the end of the day so you can't get behind on your studies. That's it. Choose Brooks.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2005

Gwendolyn brroks is is a well renowed school, I am very happy to have placed my daughter in such an acheiving high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

As a former student at Brooks I learned that you have to step up to the challenge. Everything wasn't what it seemed because I was new to the learning environment. But many teachers were friendly and helpful. The athletics are cool because they allow you to show your skills and be creative. At Brooks everyone's a winner, if they choose to be!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 3, 2005

The academic programs at Brooks were wonderful and you were given a chance to use your full potential with opportunities to take college courses at univesities while you were in school. There were a lot of extracurricular activities added during my four years at Brooks. They were few and far between my freshman year because the school was new but they made big improvements. I was blessed to go to a school that I didn't have to worry about gang violence and all of that other nonsense. And my experience there created a yearning in me to further my education. Brooks is a great school if you take advantage of the programs given. C/O 2002
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2004

This is my first year at Brooks, but I must say that I had no doubt in my mind that this would be the school for me. I look foward to a great year at brooks. I you want a challenge this is the school for you!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2004

As a former student, Brooks is a very good school. Going here has changed my life around. Now, I'm in the Navy and I thank all the teachers who had the chance to be my teachers. Keep up the good work. Blue and silver!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 16, 2004

My child is in her fourth year at Brooks and I have been very pleased. The quality of most of the teachers is very good and I believe the new principal will be an improvement to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2003

The School is alright, but under the leadership of the new principal the school environment has gotten worse. It almost seems as if they are more worried about uniform than actual learning. Other thatn that my child loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2003

Gwendolyn Brooks is a very good school .I really like the way that the teachers take time and work with the children and staff members.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

G.B.C.P.A. was an okay school.it is still going through its chganges because of the fact that it has been open for only about 5-6 years. there are sports but they are not the best in ranking. But again you have to realize its because ofthe fact that its a new school.Brooks is a hard school, but it can be easy if you keep on track
—Submitted by a former 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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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76%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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59%

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55%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female63%
Male74%
Black66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
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Low income68%
Not low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
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Reading

All Students89%
Female90%
Male88%
Black88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
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Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income89%
Not low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
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Science

All Students59%
Female51%
Male70%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
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Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income60%
Not low income55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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28%
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Average ACT score

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Graduation rate

87.3%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 86% 18%
Hispanic 11% 24%
White 2% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. D Andre J Weaver

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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250 East 111th Street
Chicago, IL 60628
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