| Brookline High School
Brookline High School reflects the high value the Town holds for education, having established a tradition of extraordinary achievement and cutting edge innovation which has earned a national reputation. Serving 1,732 young people, we like to say that we represent the whole world, and that we are a laboratory for the future of a global society. Students at Brookline High are from a multitude of races, nationalities, cultures, and socioeconomic strata. Our students come from 76 nations and speak 57 languages. We are proud of our diversity; and we have simultaneously created great unity amidst the diversity, as our students pursue two common goals – academic success and exemplary citizenship.
The High School is characterized by student accomplishments across a broad spectrum of endeavors, in and beyond the classroom. It has always been that way. In 2009, Rebecca Onie, BHS Class of 1994, was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant for her work in health care. In January, 2008, two graduates of the BHS Class of 2004 — Clara Blattler and Nadine Levin— were named Rhodes Scholars, two of 32 in the nation! Each year, we honor distinguished alumni/ae at the BHS 21st Century Fund Fall Gala. In 2009, we honored Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Ellen Goodman; acclaimed documentary film-maker Albert Maysles; author and television personality John Hodgman, Jr.; European professional basketball star Jeff Adrian; and prominent real estate developer Norm Levenson.
The heart of our mission is academic success for all students. Our achievement profile today is the strongest in the history of the school. In November, 2009, 42% of our senior class – the Class of 2010 — was inducted into the National Honor Society, the second highest percentage in the history of our school. Fourteen percent of the students in our senior class were named National Merit Semi-Finalists or Commended Students in this national competition. The Advanced Placement (AP) program has grown dramatically. In 1996, 134 students took 264 AP exams. In 2009, 370 students took 679 AP exams. In 1996, 90% of the students scored “3” or above on these exams. In 2009, with 236 more students participating, 93% of our students scored “3” or above on these exams! Our MCAS scores continue to show significant improvement. Comparing 2009 to 2005, all sub-groups improved their performance and the historically under-performing groups improved at a dramatically greater rate than the higher performing groups. Our “achievement gap” narrowed significantly in that four-year interval. In the fall of 2008, Boston Magazine ranked Brookline High number one in the state in academic performance! US News and World Reports awarded Brookline High a silver medal, as one of the top 500 high schools in the nation.
Brookline High School takes tremendous pride in its large Career and Technology Education Department, its renowned Performing and Visual Arts Departments, as well as two alternative programs that address the interests and needs of the student community: School-Within-A-School and Opportunity for Change. In addition, a therapeutic special education day program, Winthrop House, is at an offsite location. Brookline High features the largest interscholastic athletics program in New England, with 74 teams in 40 different sports, and over 1300 student athletes. We serve the co-curricular needs of our students through an intramural sports program, 55 clubs, an interesting variety of academic teams (including robotics, oceanography, and mock trial) and student activities. Our Math and Science teams are always among the top in the state. We have a nationally renowned system of governance that engages students and faculty in important policy discussions, and continues to improve our school. In the 2009/2010 school year, we opened a state-of-the-art television studio and media center in partnership with Brookline Access Television.
Brookline High School is fortunate to be supported by a knowledgeable and generous School Committee, and three foundations - The Brookline Education Foundation, The Brookline Community Foundation, and the BHS 21st Century Fund. We also have an energetic and generous PTO whose Executive Committee is n important advisory body on school policy and practice. Each of these groups supports our professional development, and innovative projects that have a national impact.