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Brighton High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2004 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 5, 2014

The demand for higher standards has led to curriculum reform that requires more from the students, the teachers, and the parents. Students cannot simply "skate through" their classes anymore and expect to receive high grades. BHS--a school that has always prided itself on exactly how well the students are prepared for life after high school--is now doing even more for their community of learners. The new technology implemented this year has been fabulous, and it provides additional ways to engage the students in the lessons. The teachers continue to go above and beyond for their students. Those who need extra help--and are willing to seek it out--have many, many options available to them. This is a school that cares about its students, hands-down.


Posted March 26, 2014

Could stand a good cleaning. I'm so disappointed in the teachers as well as the counselors, very difficult to get responses to phone calls and e-mails. I find it very strange that my A-B student is all of a sudden a C-D student and what makes it worse is that NOONE seems to be alarmed by this sudden drop. Also in my opinion the teachers shouldn't picking favorites, yelling and screaming at the students and Should be answering questions when asked. No wonder my students grades have gone down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

BHS is a far better school now than it was in 2008. New administrators and a new Director of Operations have cleaned up across the board. They are well respected. Many ineffective teachers have now retired. School spirit is excellent. Students with problems adjusting to a structured school now have a well designed alternative school within the district. A large bond was passed which is facilitating a huge host of improvements in the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts , renovation of restrooms in the high school, athletic fields throughout the district, etc. The opportunities for serious music students , instrumentalists, vocal performance majors, and musical theater are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

I love Brighton High School! They offer a vast variety of A.P. and honors classes that allow you to accelerate your education and I've had a great experience with the teachers. My calculus teacher is the best teacher I've ever had! There also is a great selection of extracurricular activities. Students even have the chance to start their own clubs (i.e. the Green Group). The musical theater and choir programs are outstanding! The school is so large that I've never had a problem finding a "group." You are guaranteed to find where you fit in with such a big student body. GREAT school! I'm so glad I went to Brighton! And as always...GO DOGS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2011

Lots of diverse ways of people expressing themselves. I just got here and I'm quite pleased with the school.. Although.. Drugs and alcohol run the place.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2010

This school is average. Brighton looks great on paper, but when you get into the inner workings of the town and school, it's less than adequate. While the administration encourages students to excel, they make you jump through loopholes to receive a great education. The selection of advanced classes is very limited and the teacher selection is even worse. Many of the teachers are simply biding their time until retirement. Their are certain teachers who have really helped me learn, but not many. The Honors English program providing in the high school provides a great opportunity to make great new friends, as does the EXCELLENT music program. Drug and alcohol use is rampant among Brighton youth. The authorities fail at keeping teens in check. There are few fun electives offered. Miller was an outstanding place and a great environment for the little ones, as are the elementary schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2009

I think BHS is an awesome school. I have had my children in the Brighton schools since kindergarten. The teachers are very supportive of all students. One of my children is LD and had a rough start in Middle School but a great experience in BHS. They even checked on him after he graduated. After talking to friends in other school districts (they are unhappy) I am very glad we are in Brighton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

I think BHS is a terrific school. I have had my kids in 3 school districts and this is by far the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2008

this school is horrible, theyre new teaching style is giving a student a test and based on what questions he/she missed you get certain worksheets to do while the 'teacher' sits and sends personal e-mails)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2008

I am not quite sure that those writing these reviews are who they say they are. As a parent I can tell how dissapointed I am in the High School. When our family moved to this area our decision was influnced by the great reputation of BHS. Well, good reputation is completley false. Our experience has been horrible. The school is filthy, few teachers care about the students, the board of ed, a joke. The students are disrespctful with a spoiled disposition. Unless you are a 4.0 student teachers and counselors give the attitude that you will be a failure in life. They offer nothing for the average student. Over the past year I have been questioning parents and students about the BHS experience...the results are less than favorable. On the positive side, the music program is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

i think the this schools teachers are uninterested in what they are doing because of their contracts. It has to be one of the dirtest places i've ever seen I would never send my child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

I'd like to say yes brighton may not be the best of the best but it's certainly above average. Sure, there are many 'clicks' and such that you'd find in any normal highschool. The teachers are different in their own ways, and a student has to understand that. I've disliked many of my teachers but that's simply every kids opinion. The school system is run somewhat well, I agree that some of the Admins. do not understand what goes on (that's one thing that does need to be changed). However, so many students at brighton just don't want to be students. They would rather fail half their classes and say they are 'trying'. Yes, half the students are down-right excellent in their studies, but you have to apply yourself in school, not expect it to happen. At brighton high, if you never apply yourself you won't succeed. Good luck everyone!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2008

I think the last person who wrote one of these is most likely over tellng their sob story i too am a transfer student, new this year and everyone has been nice helping me fit in and helping me get on track. Anyone to complain on this school dosent know how good they have it compared to innercity school in michign
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2008

I'm a transfer student and I'm not happy at all with Brighton High. I've been here for two years and nothing has changed. The school is filthy and it's not just the teachers who complain, but the students too. The atmosphere is heavy and the warmest welcoming you get is 'Yeah, we all hate this school too,' no matter what group you talk to. The academic choices are horrible and leave no room for growing or being competitive with surrounding schools. Not to mention how the counselors don't care about transfering credits or whether or not a student has already taken a class. The only good thing about this school is the hard-working, dedicated teachers. I would not recomend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2007

Brighton High School offered one of the most rewarding educational experiences I have yet to encounter. The state of education was phenomenol. The competition in athletics was severe, but that's part of the thrill! Brighton graced me with an education few other public institutions could. If you put any effort into your education, the staff there would instantly snag it and help you go the distance. If the distict is lacking in a certan dept., the ease of dual-enrollment was smoother than silk.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2007

Brighton High Schools offers a audacious and rigorous program from which all students can benefit. The atmosphere is quite pleasant and not the least bit overwhelming. I moved to Brighton and began their schools my freshman year. I was shocked at how accepting everyone is. To get to the education portion, the teachers make a tremendous effort to help every pupil succeed. If the student is willing to participate and show effort, the teachers will coach them every step of the way. Brighton is a superb district despite funding tribulations from the state.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2006

I am disappointed that so much energy is spent on the walls and not whats inside. The quality of the education, teaching and assistance is sub par. The communication channels are at best one way - we parents have to drag it out of them. A teenage daycare facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2006

Brighton High School has provided my sons with an incredible jump start into the real world. One is currently a Junior at Michigan State University, which he entered with 19 college credits due to the wonderful teachers in Brighton! My other son is a Junior at the high school and is following in his big brother's academic foot steps due in large part to the teachers that he has has K-11 in the Brighton Area Schools. We may be financially challenged in this district (lowest per pupil funding), but as our former superintendent said, 'We get back bang for our bucks!' Way to go Brighton Teachers, keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

I, along with my siblings, graduated from BHS. I had moved from a metro area school and much preferred Brighton. We all went on to major colleges and I have since sent my two children through Brighton. They recently graduated from UM and MSU and have wonderful careers now. The teachers must be doing a good job. My family has PHDs, MBAs and other advanced degrees from the education base received through Brighton schools. You get out of school whatever you put into it. The resources are there and Brighton is a great community. If you expect to be spoon fed and coddled, it won't happen here. You have to be accountable at this school, and that's a good thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2005

Currently, I am attending Brighton High school. I ve been going since the beginning of this school year. There are many clicks, and problems with the administration that I can see. It seems as the administration does not follow through well with what they set out to do. I have gone to three high schools including Brighton and by far Brighton is the farthest behind. I mean this year is the first year teachers have ever used computers to take attendance? That is totally outrageous and I do agree that most teachers are ancient and need to be replaced by more qualified personnel. And the fact that busing was somehow cut by the people in charge of budget. I believe that they should of cut some of the extracurricular activites, and increased the teaching strength.
—Submitted by a student


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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

509 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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48%
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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 26% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
38%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 38% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

94%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 69%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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7878 Brighton Rd
Brighton, MI 48116
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