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1150 Winton Rd S
Rochester, NY 14618

(585) 242-5001
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Develops respect: Strongly disagree
September 08, 2015
If parents are not respected, why does on think they staff can instill this in our children?

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
September 08, 2015
Empathy needs to be show from the staff before they can lead by example for the students..This has not been my experience.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
September 08, 2015
The treatment from district employees is poor and unaccommodating to single parents and children from single parent households.

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September 08, 2015
I relocated to the district in August due to work and have had a terrible time enrolling my child in school. Every staff member I have encountered has been short and unaccommodating via email and telephone. Staff seems to have a sense of entailment. They have made me feel very unwelcome. If they are this rude to me, I can only imagine how the children are treated. Parent night’s exclude children, for someone such as myself who parents alone and just moved here it is difficult to secure child care to attend these events, and if you do not attend I am made out to be a “difficult” unaccommodating parent. Bus registration was the most difficult issue, due to late registration my child could not be accommodated for transportation until mid-month. The expectation to leave work to shuttle my child was unreasonable. I understand why 25% of students miss the first week of classes. If you don’t come from a 2 parent family you cannot make it work. A formal bus registration form finally came to my home on Sept 8th. 8 weeks after formal enrollment.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 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.

- submitted by a community member

January 02, 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

May 04, 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

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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.

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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.

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no rating
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.

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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.

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January 07, 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.

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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

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 student

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

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 student

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.

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August 26, 2003
a superb preparation for the finest Universities in the country... a very large selection of AP and Honors courses.

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June 16, 2003
Your child will do well if he/she excell. Not a place for slow learning kids.

- submitted by a community member
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Brighton High School
1150 Winton Rd S, Rochester, NY  14618
(585) 242-5001
Last modified Brighton High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Brighton High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top