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.
Brookings High School Rankings
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 25 responsesReport
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
Brookings High School Reviews
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.
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.