A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Brookings High School is a highly rated, public school located in Brookings, SD. It has 885 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% 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
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1420
21 responses
Average ACT
27
144 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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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%
  • Pep rallies
    0%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
885
Free or Reduced Lunch
17%
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
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
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
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
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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I love the teachers and how non- judgemental students are. There are plenty of backgrounds yet everyone (for the most part) accepts each other. People are willing to help and some teachers are the definition of amazing. However, their food policies are getting way more strict (understandable with all the allergies but still annoying). In additions, they have recently added advisories on Wednesdays, which are meant to help students prepare for life, but they really don't follow their purpose. The heaters are old so it gets cold in the winter but dress code isn't very friendly. Other than that it is an enjoyable and friendly environment.
I enjoyed my time as a Brookings high school student for many reasons, to me it felt like more a home. The teachers are so kind and encouraging. I have dyslexia, so I struggle academically, however that never stopped my teachers from helping me to be my best. I have always felt I received a very good education. My teachers always pushed their classes to do well, and I believe through this i gained confidence in my own abilities, and left the classes with knowledge and readiness for the next step. Throughout high school I have been involved in several activities, many of them requiring me to stay hours after class. My high school does an excellent job of providing safe, comfortable places to be. I would not choose to redo high school, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there.