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Brighton High School

Public | 9-12 | 1161 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 5, 2013

What I like about this school. Having regular classes, joining clubs, also going to the Junior Prom and the Senior ball. About joining clubs, meeting new friends and having a good / fun time. When I was there, I joined Friends Of Rachel and DECA club. It is really fun. There is classes that i do like. Economics, Law & Government. I learned so much. Right now, i'm a alumni because i graduated in 2008-11.


Posted January 2, 2013

Simply said, Brighton is an amazing school. I'm a senior and been in the district my whole life. I went to a different school for 10th and 11th grade and never realized how much I didn't appreciate the quality of learning. Not untill it's gone do you realize how good of an education you got, especially if you've never had another school to compare it to. Cliques aren't really an issue. There are cliques but no student cares about them. You will find your niche here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2012

overall, its a great school, good teachers, challenging courses, one of the top 150 schools in the country and its hard to go wrong with that. the only problem i have is that kids don't seem like the want to learn: they just talk to their friends during the lectures don't pay any attention to the teachers and they expect the teachers to stay after school and help them (which they sometimes don't even do). i'm one of the smarter ones and a bit of a perfectionist and maybe that's why i say this but i wish the teachers were strict and don't put up with any disrespect they get. But other then that, its an exceptional school
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2009

Last year my daughter with Spina Bifida started HS. She's wheelchair bound, but the school opened their doors and their hearts to her and accepted her fully into the mainstream. They even modified the school play to include her. This year our other daughter started there. She also has SB, but is on a ventilator full time and medically fragile. Again, not only the staff, but the kids have opened their hearts and fully accepted her into the BHS community. It's not just a school, it's a community and one I'm proud to be in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

I graduated from brighton's school system in 1984 and discovered that what i thought was a normal education was in fact one of the best in the country. Brighton has been reviewed in the top 10 public systems in a variety of studies. I was way ahead of my peers when i started college. Great great teachers who have the highest of expectations for their students. Interesting programs and excellent facilities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2008

I go to Brighton and I think it is a great school. It is the best in the area. The school suits every kid's learning ability. At Brighton, I feel challenged, but if it ever gets too hard, I can get plenty of help from my teachers and consolers. The school offers just about every extracurricular activity there is. The only thing I do not like about Brighton is the other kids. Sometimes they can be really stuck up and mean. A lot of kids think they are 'all that'. But I guess you get that in any high school. I would recommend Brighton. After all, it is one of the top ranked public schools in the country. You cannot go wrong with that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2007

Brighton High School can do a lot for you, if you let it. There are so many extracurricular activities that really make it worthwhile going to school, but on top of that the classes themselves draw you there. Brighton offers ample amounts of APs, and opportunities to take really interesting classes like Sports Marketing, Accounting, Creative Writing, Film genres, etc. It's an all around strong school, and I would highly reccomend it to the self-motivated student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2006

This one of the best academic programs in the country. I was an average student at Brighton and I came out with more knowledge than most of my friends would get at any other public high school and they were A students. Being at Brighton felt more like I was at College than at a high school. I just thought it prepared you very well for the next level and the different cultures I encounterd was priceless. My child is 3 years right now and I am forgoing buying a house right now just so I can get a Townhouse in the Brighton district and get her into the system.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 12, 2004

I had two children who went through the Brighton experience. My son, a conventional learner, did well both academically and socially. My daughter, a kid with a learning style all her own, did well academically, but suffered psychologically at the hands of several teachers (many on the teaching staff are caring, excellent teachers -- however there are others who are not). In my daughter's case, the administration was slow on the uptake, and we eventually pulled her out to try an alternative method. Bottom line? It's a good school, but stay on top of it if it isn't working for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

Brighton is a great place for students who are preparing for a bright future and for parents who would do anything to see their kids succeed. It's not for those who plan to coast through the 4 years. There are many very bright kids who do well, but even the average learner can benefit from this sort of environment. The only type of person for whom I would not recommend this school is the extremely nervous perfectionist types. There's a lot of pressure to do well and tough competition.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 24, 2004

The tone of the school is set by the principal, Bill Maxwell, who meets the kids each morning, even in the dead of winter, outside the school and opens the door for them to get in. We have two children who attend the school and they both enjoy going to school there as evidenced by the fact that they get their work done on their own and don't have to be prodded to go to school. At parent/teacher night I was amazed at the enthusiasm and commitment of the teachers. The school is also ethnically diverse and has excellent sports and music programs. We moved to Brighton because of the reputation of the schools and have not been disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2004

This school is a bag of hot air! It loves to do things that get noticed in the paper, but the average kid is ignored.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 15, 2003

My two kids graduated from Brighton in '93 and '96. They were challenged in every course they took. They learned that even the brilliant students had to put in about 4 hours a night to study so they put in that time too. Meanwhil and still participated in sports and other activities. The school fostered respect for people regardless of their income or grade point average or particular talent. Classmates included came from many cultures and there were few cliques. The school has an excellent special ed program and offers a wide range of AP courses to anyone who wants to step up to the challenge. There is no 'Honor Society' because the atomosphere is a respect for learning and there is no pressure to be chosen as the 'best'. Some kids are musicians, writers, artists, jocks, young entrepreneurs with their own businesses... they're all outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

a superb preparation for the finest Universities in the country... a very large selection of AP and Honors courses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

Your child will do well if he/she excell. Not a place for slow learning kids.


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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.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

55 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
92%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

147 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students76%
Female79%
Male74%
African American53%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities12%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant76%

Chemistry

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
African American86%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant96%

Earth Science

All Students90%
Female85%
Male93%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities66%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%

English

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities68%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%

Geometry

All Students91%
Female91%
Male92%
African American71%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities76%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%

Global History and Geography

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities77%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%

Integrated Algebra

All Students92%
Female94%
Male91%
African American85%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities74%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%

Living Environment

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
African American88%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities82%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%

Physics

All Students92%
Female91%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant92%

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities82%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 74% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 13% 9%
Black 2 7% 19%
Hispanic 1 4% 23%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 112%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 25%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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1150 Winton Rd S
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone: (585) 242-5001

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