General Brown Junior/Senior High School Reviews
Rating 2.62 out of 5 42 reviews
My experience so far at General Brown has been an average one. I am a student that dables in almost everything that the school has to offer, but most of the things I do are under funded so we are not able to do some of the things we wish to do. The administrasion and teachers are great and are willing to go above and beyond to help students with anythiing they might need help with. I wish we had more technology and designing courses because as of right now we only have one that high schoolers can take.
General Brown was an ok school. They have many teachers who can become a very inspirational presence, however the school does not handle student conflict well. They also are not the best at helping their students meet their goals unless they participate in sports or their parents are on the school board.
No one is really sure what the counseling department does and the rules are ridiculous and enforced sporadically. There’s a three minute time limit to use the bathroom and the school locks all but one of the bathrooms if someone gets caught vaping, which gets frustrating since only one person is allowed to sign out to the bathroom at a time. Bullying runs rampant, there’s been a fight every day this week, and the workload is so intense most of the senior class is having a breakdown. We apparently have a school psychologist no one’s heard about, which about sums up the school’s focus on mental health—appear to help but actually just ignore our problems. This website says AP offered, but it’s actually just AP Bio. Also, many staff members show blatant favoritism. Students aren’t given much guidance or choice in their academic plans. However, many teachers are great and a few are nothing short of inspirational and are way too good for this place.
This school offers little to no academic opportunity. If a student tried to advance themselves they are shot down and lied to. Guidance is no help with applying to college or scholarships. The staff is also extremely willing to lie to students to get themselves out of having to do any type of work. Allowing your child to go to General Brown is setting them up for failure.
Not a lot of higher level class opportunities, counselors are not knowledgeable about colleges or how to help; often lose important information and miss important deadlines. Teachers can be nice sometimes.
They definitely are not terrible teachers. There are a few that went above and beyond like Michelle Lamon. Best teacher ever by far and a few others that I just loved. Other teachers were a little harder to learn from, but overall good people.
For what this school has, it certainly tries its best to make the most of it. With little funding, the school can still pull out great testing scores, student attitudes and extracurriculars.
School lunches are awful but the teachers are very nice and for the most part willing to help.
This school is safe for the most part. No major complaints.
Lunches are disgusting, portions are small, and options are very limited. Prices are also high, and the nutritional value of what is served is assumed to be abysmally poor
Can be irrationally picky about certain rules when they feel like it, but tend to allow other things to slide. Very inconsistent with enforcing policies. They refuse to look into concerns brought up by students, as well as reports of thefts and other serious offenses. Guidance is willing to help you when it's convenient for them, and tend to make empty promises in regards of how they can assist you with the college application process and what is necessary to accomplish in high school. Even if you go out of your way to ask for help, you are rarely going to get any.
Many students play sports, and much emphasis is placed on sports in the culture of the school. The success of the teams varies greatly based on the year. Coaches vary in quality, but for the most part are supported by parents and community members. Support for the football team is great, support for other sports teams used to be much greater than it is today. Overall school spirit seems to have declined over the past few years, due to the attitudes of students.
The teachers are the only good thing about this school.
Very serious bullying issue. People frequently harassed based on sexual orientation, intelligence, income, gender, you name it. As an out LGBT student there was not much support beyond other out LGBT students and a small GSA. Most LGBT students stay closeted because being out was like putting out a target. I also faced frequent sexual harassment from other students. It's a very hostile environment. I've skipped school to avoid harassment.
The vast majority of the teachers are dedicated to their students. Curriculum only has a couple elective classes and is barely able to teach state-required classes due to funding and staff cuts. Many students have a heavy homework load. There is barely any art/music classes, and beyond required junior high classes, no home economics. There are only two additional technology classes beyond required junior high classes despite a strong interest of both teachers and students.
There are several clubs at the high school. They get nowhere near the funding or support that they need. About half of the student body makes up the club population as many students in a club are in several clubs.
Graduated with the bare minimum classes required for Regents Diploma. I was not very well prepared for college or the real world after graduation.