Quotes from Students, Parents and Faculty
"We selected BA not only for its
outstanding academic curriculum, but also for its values
represented by the Five Stars. We feel that these values are the
foundation for our children's development as intelligent,
responsible, and moral adults."
- Bela Chand, parent
"Our family values Brookfield Academy's founding philosophy
expressed through the Five Stars [of Character, Truth, Intellect,
Heritage and Individuality]. These virtues are integral to the
success the entire BA community clearly enjoys. Parents, teachers,
staff, students, and families all benefit from the discipline and
strength these concepts convey."
- Barbara Wells, parent
"The Five Stars make up the
foundation of a world-class education - like solid bricks used to
build a house, they are the basis for BA as [the school] prepares
students for college."
- Cristina Zeppos, Upper School
"What I like about the Five Stars is if you put them all
together, you will live a wonderful life."
- Ella Wareham, Lower School
"Just as stars guided explorers on their journeys years ago,
BA's Five Stars guide us as teachers and students on our journey of
- Jane O'Leary, Lower School
"BA students are diverse in all aspects except for their
values. Students live and exemplify the Five Stars every
- Naheed Bleecker, parent
"The students at Brookfield Academy come from varied social,
ethnic, and cultural heritages. Yet all are united by a desire to
learn and succeed. They have the Five Stars in front of them for
- Ruth Osier, Upper School Latin
"Character means showing kindness and respect."
- Joshua Hoggatt, Lower School
"Character means helping others."
- Aditya Gopal, Lower School
"Brookfield Academy has taught me that character isn't true
unless it is genuine."
- Mark Bechthold, Lower School
"At Brookfield Academy, all of us share kindness and respect
- Aspyn Koslowski, Lower School
"Character is about being honest when no one is around and
being kind when you are not told to be."
- Nicky Steigerwaldt, Lower School
"At Brookfield Academy, we learn that there are facts that
are absolute truths in this world."
- Anika Washburn, Lower School
"I use intellect to help me listen and learn."
- Matthew Poker, Lower School
"True intellect is how well you use the knowledge you have
- Clare McCoy, Lower School
"Intellect is the power of knowledge."
- Zoha Aman, Lower School student
"Intellect is the capacity of knowing and using your
knowledge in a thoughtful way."
- Srimayi Mylavarapu, Lower School
"The teachers at Brookfield Academy don't just give us
knowledge; they try to teach us how to use if for life."
- Grace Eimerman, Lower School
"At Brookfield Academy our intellect grows more and more
each day. This is important because I will use it for my whole
- Sarah Filby, Lower School
"BA offers that rare opportunity for the eager student: the
more one learns, the more opportunity there is to seek and attain
"At Brookfield Academy we study heritage. It is like the
truth because it cannot be changed, but we can become part of it
for others in the future."
- Zoe Booth, Lower School student
"Individuality means that you don't want to be like anybody
else but yourself."
- Erina Weiss, Lower School
"Individuality means doing something on your own. It means
- Genevieve Kopp, Lower School
"Being a student at Brookfield Academy has taught me how to
shine and be who I am."
- Jeremy King, Lower School
"Brookfield Academy has helped me to be myself; to please
God in my actions and my words."
- Liam Matthews, Lower School
"Every school preaches about individuality, but BA takes it
to heart and supports an environment where it can thrive."
- Jenna Sportiello, Upper School
"Valuing education is clearly the highest priority for BA
families. They know it is the best investment they can make for
"We appreciate the unique practice of established school
prayers and annual all-school themes of integrity which are
recognized as meaningful to all the BA community."
"Brookfield Academy is a unique blend of high academic
standards and caring, personal character education."
- David Urbanski, alum, Middle School
teacher, and parent
"Teachers love coming to work. Students love coming to
learn. This is what education is supposed to be."
"No student falls through the cracks."
- Cindy Reiske, Lower School
"We enjoy the beauty and quality of Brookfield Academy's
campus and facilities."
"The smaller size of the student community provides for a
safe and comfortable environment conducive to learning, sporting,
and club interests as well as building meaningful
"I enjoy the teacher-to-student ratio at BA; it allows me to
get to know each of my students quite well."
- Dr. Paul Frazier, Upper School
"Each student is known and nurtured in a caring environment.
The sense of family permeates the BA community. Teachers,
administrators, parents, and students are all on the same
- Janet Kenny, Middle School math
"The small class size helps me get to know each child at
such a significant level both academically and emotionally. We
"The teachers and staff at Brookfield Academy are genuinely
interested in the development of the whole person as they relate to
each student. They model their dedication with a consistent
exchange of expectations and mutual respect. Students are motivated
and guided to set and achieve their goals."
"We have never known so many teachers who are both experts
in their academic fields and loving mentors to the students. Each
and every one of them challenges, encourages, and enlightens; they
are wonderful role models to whom we are so very grateful as we
entrust our children to them each day."
- Mary Dooley, parent
"The teachers at BA are as dedicated to my children's
success as I am. I rely on them to challenge and encourage my
"Brookfield Academy has a wonderful team of teachers who
work together in the best interest of the students. All my
colleagues are professionals, experts in their fields with a
passion for teaching children."
"High expectations in academics and character development
make Brookfield Academy a fun place to teach."
"My children's teachers are professional, compassionate, and
stretch each child as a learner."
- Rose Pankow, parent and Lower
"Brookfield Academy's solid curriculum is both traditional
and intellectually stimulating. It exposes students to classic
subjects while challenging them to critically recognize the
significance of their education within our world today."
- Barbara Wells, parent (Upper
"We love the Brookfield Academy curriculum, which not only
teaches our children the truth and beauty of each subject, but also
teaches them how to reason and how to learn. They read great
literature and study history as it really happened, not as it has
been revised through the lens of social and political
- Mary Dooley, parent (Middle and
"Teachers at BA have the ability to form a program of study
which reflects real learning. We do not have to follow a curriculum
established by an outside entity. We have the freedom to really
teach a subject."
"Mornings around the flagpole set the tone for the day. How
can you improve on a daily dose of 'kindness and
- Polly Simonsen, Lower School
"BA offers an outstanding academic curriculum and instills a
firm grasp of the basic fundamentals, especially in math, English
usage, and reading. These skills are invaluable later in the Middle
and Upper schools."
"The curriculum can't be beat! It is thorough, thoughtful,
and effective. It is a joy to teach from and one of the big reasons
our students learn so much and so well."
"Substantial, enduring subject matter, unaffected by swings
in popular fads in education, is what BA serves up."
"The teachers at BA are caring, dedicated individuals and we
have the utmost trust and confidence in their teaching
"At BA, it is cool to study, to learn, to do well
"At BA, the peer pressure is to do what's right. To study.
To do homework. To respect teachers. To respect
"Making friends from various backgrounds gives students just
a taste of global experience."
"Our curriculum is challenging, yet teachers are there to
support students along the way. Academic opportunity abounds at
- Janet Kenny, Middle School
"I hope I love my future career as much as the BA teachers
seem to love their careers!"
- Kristen Boucher, Middle School
"So far, I've participated in field hockey and track. This
spring, I am choosing to play soccer. I love having so many
"A complete and well-rounded offering of extracurriculars
makes it difficult to choose! The coaches and club moderators
continue the mentoring and character-building outside the classroom
as the students engage in sports, service, culture, and the arts.
There really is something for everyone and the kids are not only
welcomed, but encouraged to participate."
"The small classes allow teachers and students to get to
know each other well as people, so kids can be comfortable asking
- Mahalia Sobhani, Upper School
"With its college preparatory curriculum, Brookfield Academy
offers me a chance to acquire the abilities necessary to excel and
become a leader in the future."
- Garrett McElligott, Upper School
"The classes I took at BA were challenging, but really
helped me prepare for college. I love all the history
- Cristina Zeppos, Upper School
"Students are held to high expectations in behavior,
attitude, dress, and academic effort. My children like being in
this type of environment."
- Jacque Frohwirth, parent
"I enjoy our increasingly diverse student body; this brings
an added element and perspective to the classroom."
"The efforts of students and teachers produce an atmosphere
in which knowledge is shared among peers."
"Over the years I've worked at a variety of schools both
secondary and post-secondary - without a doubt the faculty and
staff at BA are by far the most professional, accomplished, and
experienced. The teachers here have taught me how to be a better
"The teachers are great. They offer their help anytime you
need it and they are friendly about it."
- Zach Kolasinski, Upper School
"Teaching here is a joy. Students rise to challenges and
provide challenging questions for me…making my job interesting and
fun. I love coming to school-every day is new and
"I am overwhelmed by how much my teachers care about their
students and by how involved they are."
"The teachers make the real difference at BA. Helpful in so
many ways, the teachers at BA really teach."
"There's a variety of clubs and sports, from a cappella and
mythology to basketball and fencing, so there's a place for
"I learned a lot in my classes, but my time on the
volleyball and basketball court helped me grow and
"I am astounded by the number of activities my students are
involved in besides the daily learning…[they are] stars in school
musicals and plays, champion swimmers, world travelers, fencers,
musicians, three-sport athletes, club officers, chess team members,
Academic Decathlon competitors, and on and on."
"I was looking for a school that teaches solid curriculum
through the classics. I found it at Brookfield Academy."
"If my husband and I ever discuss moving to a new home, the
very first comment from the children is, 'As long as we still get
to go to Brookfield Academy.'"
"Every year it becomes more clear to me why my parents came
to work at BA in its beginnings, why they sent me, why I have come
back to teach here, and why my own children now attend. There is
simply nothing like it."
"We chose BA for our family for its reputation as a college
prep school, for its excellent academic curriculum, and for its
philosophy of the Five Stars. We feel these factors are invaluable
for our children's overall development as well-adjusted citizens of
the world. This, together with its outstanding administrative and
academic staff truly makes BA the best choice for us."
"Our children have been in other schools over the years, and
in BA we found the best combination of academic excellence and
character formation. BA forms the whole person - intellectual,
moral, and physical - in a positive and caring environment which
also fosters individual social responsibility."