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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Brookings High School is a highly rated, public school located in Brookings, SD. It has 896 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
Address
530 Elm Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
Telephone
(605) 696-4100
Website

Brookings High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1420
23 responses
Average ACT
27
156 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$47,060
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$675
National
$949
Median Home Value
$164,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Burning of the B
    36%
  • Marching Band events
    16%
  • Music Events
    16%
  • Theatre Program
    16%
  • Definitely not burning of the B
    12%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
896
Free or Reduced Lunch
21%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$38,457
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.5%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,848/ year
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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Brookings High School Reviews

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I loved going to this high school, but I have heard of some negative experiences involving BHS. For example, I was never personally bullied, but I've heard from several classmates about bullying experiences. Additionally, I loved nearly every teacher I had, but I heard about some discrimination and severe favoritism from other classmates, as well as basing students off of their siblings. Since it is South Dakota, it is not very diverse, and our police force does not make a huge effort on making it a safe place to be, and put their efforts in the wrong areas. I love the principal, but counselors could do a much better job on preparing students for the future and genuinely getting involved with the students. Facilities are great, but as is anywhere, they could always be improved. Overall, however, as I said, my experience here was a good one!
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There are many great things about Brookings High School. The first great thing about BHS is how it treats its students. The faculty and the administration really care about us, the students, our thoughts, opinions, and complaints. All students are treated equally no matter their race, religion, or orientation. We have advisories designed as places for students to build relationships with new friends and/ or teachers. We also have an entire class set up so students can recover credits in classes that they have failed in. The system at BHS is designed for students to succeed.

The second great thing about BHS is our competitiveness as a school. We also have a very competitive oral interpretation and debate team, several members going to their respective national tournament. We also have a basketball team that went to the state conference last year.
If you're connected to the right people and make an effort to be friendly and open, this school is incredible. There are a couple of lackluster teachers, but they all at least care about their students' success. Clubs and activities are underfunded while sports are overfunded, but that seems to be the case with all schools, and the overwhelmingly positive faculty usually make up the difference. I feel safe and happy at my school, as well as encouraged to continue my hard work for my future. I pack a lunch due to the quality of school food, and the adminstration seems to be detached from the real needs of the teachers and activities. Those are my only complaints for an overall wonderful environment.