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Mountain Brook City Schools is a top rated, public school district located in Mountain Brook, AL. It has 4,346 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 84% in reading.
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Mountain Brook City Schools Reviews
MBHS/MBJH are good schools for academics only. WARNING: if your kid is poor, LGBTQ, POC, or even remotely different, please do not send them here. This is not a safe space. Mountain brook students are infamous bigots. Most of the teachers are great, but the administrators have swept hate crimes under the rug for years, and do not plan on stopping. The fees for classes and other supplies always end up at $500-$1000, so even people who can afford the taxes often have to buy their supplies from somewhere else, even though many teachers will ridicule and judge students when they do not have the MB specific materials. Not to mention, one of my close friends, who was one of the only black girls at her elementary school, was pet by TEACHERS, who would make racist comments and encourage bullying. And thats just one of the examples. So, if you look at MB and see low diversity, theres a reason why: all birmingham POC families know to run like hell when Mountain Brook is mentioned. So be warned.
Mountain Brook is an extremely good school and I can recognize that I have been very fortunate to attend, however, while the academics are very strong I have witnessed a lack of social education for the students. There is limited diversity within the school and students are not taught the harms and affects of the bigotry that many of them sadly possess. We are a school that is filled with mainly high-income, white students. Many white males at our school do possess some racist and sexist tendencies that they are not being taught to avoid. I have been lucky enough to participate in the Mountain Brook Debate Team which is an amazing club that has provided me with lots of resources. However, it has also provided me with a view of the world outside of the bubble of Mountain Brook and I would love for others in my school to witness the same thing. Our community is a safe and strong community, but it does not do enough to reach outside of its bubble and overall benefit the world.
Mountain Brook has excellent programs for both gifted/advanced and average students that start in the elementary schools. Most of the teachers are experienced(at least 3 years teaching at another school) and all are well qualified. I never had a bad teacher, although the teachers who teach Advanced or AP classes were usually better. The teachers and faculty truly care about each student and want them to learn in a safe environment. At the high school, there are gates at each entrance with a security guard controlling them. There are tons of clubs, activities, and sports to get involved in, as well as outside opportunities that many schools don't offer. There is a lot of space in all of the schools for socializing, studying, eating, and collaborating. The biggest problem is the diversity(it is a majority White school with small percentages of Asian, Hispanic, etc. students and about 1% African American students.)