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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Brighton High School is a top rated, public school located in Rochester, NY. It has 1,136 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.

Brighton High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1280
453 responses
Average ACT
30
188 responses
AP Enrollment
41%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
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  2. Good for Families
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  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$75,812
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,005
National
$949
Median Home Value
$175,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
92%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 105 responses
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  • Homecoming
    24%
  • Springfest
    21%
  • Ham Jam
    13%
  • Soccer Games
    10%
  • Pitch Black
    10%
  • Football Games
    9%
  • Spring Shows
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,136
Free or Reduced Lunch
19%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,214
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.9%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.40 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.40 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$19,498/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.43 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.43 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.43 responses
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Brighton is an academically and athletically competitive school, and while I believe that can bring out the best in some students, it can really hurt the others. I've taken three AP courses as of my junior year, and the rest are either honors or regular. In my opinion, it's clear to see the differences in AP/Honors teachers and those who teach Regents-level courses. There is a lack of enthusiasm in the students and teachers in regular classes, while in the advanced courses, students are often put under extreme pressure to prove themselves. However, the majority of the faculty are caring and understanding, and my experience has been good. The only other issue I had with the administration is glorifying their 'diversity'. Students who come from the Urban-Suburban program are the main source of those diverse numbers, and the both those students and the ones who come from wealthier backgrounds barely interact. This fosters feelings of separation between socioeconomic classes and races.
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I enjoyed the rigor of the courses and was especially excited to find my teachers as enthusiastic about their subjects as I was. Something I did not enjoy, however, was the fact that the four year mandatory English and Social Studies requirement was almost twice as long as the STEM credit requirements. In a world that is becoming more and more technologically structured, classes like Computer Science and higher level maths should be offered to students and ideally required to prepare them for the real world. Additionally, teachers of lower level classes, especially ones where every single student in the school must pass them to graduate, lacked passion in their work. You could only find extremely passionate and enthusiastic educators in the highest level classes, which means the majority of the students here never get to have the experience of having an extraordinarily passionate teacher, which likely is a reason why most people do no enjoy school.
I enjoy being a part of Brighton Community because it offers a lot of support for its students, they encourage diversity and individualism. Recently we have been going through many renovations that really improve the quality of certain parts of the building. We also have therapy dogs on campus that help with mental health support. I would want to improve the quality of school computers. The preparation for applying to colleges should use a little work too. Also, some teachers are not willing to understand and meet you halfway when you are struggling with the amount of work they are assigning, especially when students have extracurricular activities, and work for other classes - sometimes the pressure of school is too overwhelming.