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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Brookings High School is a highly rated, public school located in Brookings, SD. It has 883 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.
Address
530 Elm Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
Telephone
(605) 696-4100

Brookings High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1440
28 responses
Average ACT
27
207 responses
AP Enrollment
16%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$47,506
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$699
National
$949
Median Home Value
$169,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
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
883
Free or Reduced Lunch
18%
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
$41,120
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.6%
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
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,227/ 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 like how we are encouraged to really get involved with the school’s activities, clubs, and sports. However the teachers are pretty bad they don’t care much about the students. The English department has the only really good set of teachers; they get excited in class about what they are teaching and make connections with each student. The music department is amazing; we have great directors with a high scoring marching band and five choirs and two orchestras. We also highly value sports as a school and many students take part in every sport we offer: football, basketball, cross country, track, volleyball, tennis, swimming, and so much more. Our sports aren’t outstanding but everyone has fun along the way and we aren’t considered bad anyway. Brookings High School has lots of diversity anywhere you look. There are many social groups, including the thespians, the choir nerds, the band geeks, orchodorks, the athletic kids, the smart kids, the preppy kids, and the list goes on.
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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!
From my experience, Brookings High School has been a pretty good place to go to school. Academically, if you want to challenge yourself, you should look into the honors, AP, or dual credit courses, as the "regular" classes throughout each grade are generally not too difficult. Generally, the teachers are nice and very willing to provide assistance. In terms of extracurricular activities, there are many clubs to become involved in, and it's very easy to start your own club if you wish, too.