Embrace the Challenge
With 151 credit courses, many with multiple levels, Brooks School offers students the opportunity to choose academic programs appropriate for their ability, whatever that may be.
Students may enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) courses as early as their second year. As they progress through the curriculum, the choice of courses increases even further. Fifth- and sixth-formers may select from numerous electives. Sixth-formers excelling in a particular field of study can even double up and enroll in two courses in that area to take their studies further. Brooks' curriculum allows highly motivated math students, for example, to study in an accelerated program offering two years of courses beyond AP Calculus.
Credit Courses Offered
This wide range gives students a chance to fully delve into subjects they love and to explore new ones too.
The Advanced Placement classes are offered throughout the curriculum from Music to Mathematics.
Percent of Students In AP Courses
The vast majority of Brooks School students take at least one AP course before they graduate.
Percent of Students Take 3+ AP Classes
Half of students take at least 3 AP courses during their Brooks career — 38 percent take five or more AP courses.
The range of opportunities we have here are unusually rich and advanced, so we're going to challenge students wherever they're at.
Associate Head for Academic Affairs Lance Latham
Brooks' 1:6 faculty/student ratio, and smaller classes, means there's also generous interaction between students and teachers, both in-class and via extra help given outside of class during free periods, to help every student reach their potential. The Learning Center offers another resource through which students can to take their studies to the next level, as well.
A few recent student success stories ...
- National recognition for excellent performances on the National Latin Exam and National Spanish Examinations
- Commendation by the National Merit Scholarship Program
- Invitations to compete in the competitive American Invitational Mathematics Exam. (Fun fact: Brian Choi '18 and Eddie Choi '19 scored higher than 94 percent of the 350,000 high school students who took the qualifying American Mathematics Contest)
No matter what a student's area of interest, he or she will be challenged at Brooks to explore it and learn all they can. Take it from Brooks' three-time, top-ranked scholar Coco Sun ’17, enrolled at Stanford University. "Brooks provided me with opportunities to take courses of my passion while encouraging me to explore disciplines that I was unfamiliar with," she said. "It's been so rewarding to learn from teachers who constantly challenge us and support us in and outside of the classroom. I feel as though I have been able to develop both a breadth and a depth of knowledge thanks to the academic environment at Brooks."
"Brooks does not have a typical prep-school environment, which is known to be cutthroat . . . In our classrooms, everyone wants each other to be the best possible student they can be."
Abhay Gandhi '20
Advanced Classes in All Subjects
Click to view the 2020-2021 course catalog, including challenging courses of study in:
from Multivariable Calculus I and II to Probability & Statistics, in which students develop the skills to collect, analyze and interpret data.
from AP Physics, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry to AP Environmental Science, a fast-paced, demanding class covering topics including ecology, population growth, chemistry of the atmosphere, water quality, energy resources, agricultural productivity, biodiversity and environmental ethics.
from Honors Microeconomics and Macroeconomics to AP U.S. Government and Pre-Modern World History electives, including: Making of the Muslim World, Unlocking Ancient Mesoamerica and South America, Death and Disease in the Ancient World.
from AP English Literature to Oratory, in which students learn to organize their thoughts, write them down, get up on their feet and deliver speeches with purpose and confidence.
World Languages ...
from Latin Reading: Decadence and Greed to AP Spanish Literature.
Fine and Performing Arts ...
from Advanced Jazz Band to Ceramics, in which students learn techniques to produce professional-quality pottery.
92 percent of parents rate
the quality of Brooks'
academics as 'very high'
According to a recent survey
conducted by Brooks School