I am a former student. I just left Broughton a month ago. My experience was terrible. The teachers and administrators treat students with such disrespect and abuse, and seem to think that shouting is better than normal communication. There is a lot of issues with bullying. I had trash thrown in my hair, and was called too many curse words to name. The school is also incredibly dirty, especially the bathrooms. I am thankful that I left this place. Don't think about sending your child here
It surely depends on the choice of classes. My junior has had very challenging classes all the years and is working herself to death although she is a very bright kid. There is so much stupid busy work. But this is not the schools fault. This is part of the curriculum, part of the system of "learning by repetition".
My daughter is a junior and she has gotten all the classes she wants - arts, multiple APs, honors, whatever level she needs. She has a parking spot. She has not witnessed any bullying or harrassment.
We get a good feeling at Broughton.
The principal is great and I hope he stays 7 more years until our youngest graduates - he attends even small evening events to support his students and directs traffic as the buses leave the loop. He's well respected and has a good relationship but sets expectations for behavior.
The teachers seem to care and are qualified.
Socially, one could get a little lost in a large school like this. The kids need to join something to feel they fit in. But from the parent perspective, this is a great college prep school with a historic atmosphere without being too much pressure.
My son had high hopes that Broughton would uphold the reputation it boasts. He was excited and ready to be challenged by a rigorous courseload and enriched curiculum. However, his expectations were deflated by complacent teachers and lack of school leadership. My son is in all honors classes where more than half of his teachers fail to evaluate assessments until the end of the semester. To compensate they resort to extra credit assignments for poor student performance. The school environment seems all well-intended. However, I would not recommend this school if your child is a "true" academic. A serious student will not enjoy the learning experience.
Broughton rocks. Among other things, its excellent support of the arts, nationally recognized International Baccalaureate program, and amazing staff truly help to further the education of its students. It also has an awesome marching band. Just saying.
As a former student, my education at Broughton prepared me for university and eventually graduate school. The academic and extracurricular programs that are available to the student body allow students the chance to grow and develop, if they choose to do so. Broughton was a very social environment as well, which can be difficult for some students to cope with and beneficial to others who enjoy a rich interpersonal experience. The faculty was some of best that I have had the pleasure to learn from; however, the administration at times seemed more focused on developing the prestige of the school on a state and national level rather than maintaining services essential to student life. Overall, I believe Broughton to be a positive choice for students and a school that provides many opportunities to its students.