Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Brookfield Academy

School Overview

  1. When was Brookfield Academy established and how has it grown over the years?
  2. What is an independent school?
  3. What are the benefits of attending Brookfield Academy?
  4. What kind of student are you looking for?
  5. How big is the typical class at Brookfield Academy?
  6. Is Brookfield Academy a diverse school?
  7. Do you teach religion?
  8. Is Brookfield Academy a safe environment for my child?
  9. Do you provide transportation?

School Life

  1. What makes your curriculum unique?
  2. Are your teachers certified and is your school accredited?
  3. How do you help new students transition successfully to Brookfield Academy?
  4. Are there uniforms at your school?
  5. How do you handle discipline issues?
  6. What are the hours of school?

Commitment to BA

  1. This is an expensive school!
  2. Besides tuition, are there other financial obligations?
  3. Is there any tuition assistance available?
  4. What time commitment should be expected of a Brookfield Academy student?
  5. What time commitment should be expected of a Brookfield Academy parent?

Admissions

  1. How do I apply?
  2. What is the admission screening like?
  3. When will I find out the results of my child's admission screening?
  4. If my child is accepted, what do I do next?
  5. What if my child is accepted, but offered a spot on the wait list?
  6. Is there anything else I should know about applying to Brookfield Academy?
  7. Are classes full for next year?
  8. Once accepted, how do I assure my place in class?
  9. What if I have more questions about Brookfield Academy?

School Overview

  1. When was Brookfield Academy established and how has it grown over the years?

    Brookfield Academy opened its doors to 33 students in 1962 and today houses just over 800 students in Level A (Pre-K) - 12.

  2. What is an independent school?

    An independent school is not part of any government or religious organization. It is overseen by a Board of Directors and operated by a school head.

  3. What are the benefits of attending Brookfield Academy?

    Students receive individual attention and develop their confidence by getting to know the the teachers and students well. They are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities and this leads to a well-rounded student transcript upon graduation.

  4. What kind of student are you looking for?

    We typically enroll the average to above average student but also support students who may struggle but are working to the best of their ability. We do not have special student programs but we are able to address many individual needs within our small classes.

  5. How big is the typical class at Brookfield Academy?

    Classes hold 10 children in Level A (Pre-K) and increase as a student progresses through Lower School. The overall student/teacher ratio is 11 - 1, with typical core classes in Middle and Upper School averaging between 15 - 18 students.

  6. Is Brookfield Academy a diverse school?

    Yes, we have people attending from all parts of the world, representing a range of socio- economic groups.

  7. Do you teach religion?

    No, but we do emphasize good character and high moral standards. We have a Judeo-Christian foundation which recognizes all religions and embraces our dependence upon God. Our morning assemblies in each division end with a prayer and our Lower School has a traditional Christian Christmas program.

  8. Is Brookfield Academy a safe environment for my child?

    The safety of our students is of utmost importance to our faculty and staff. Buildings are secure and evacuation plans are in place and practiced for any emergency.

  9. Do you provide transportation?

    Students living in the Elmbrook School District (Elm Grove and Brookfield) may take advantage of the busing system at no charge. Periodically, families arrange carpools together.

 

School Life

  1. What makes your curriculum unique?

    We use the phonics approach to teach reading to 4 year olds. Students read the Classics, stories of enduring value, throughout their academic program at Brookfield Academy. Singapore Math is taught through Level 6 and science and technology classes are taught in state-of-the-art facilities. There is a vast range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses taught in the Upper School and art, music, library, foreign language, drama, forensics, and physical education round out the curriculum at all levels.

  2. Are your teachers certified and is your school accredited?

    Brookfield Academy does not require certification in teaching; rather, we look for the most qualified applicants who have a solid knowledge of subject matter and a passion to teach students of all different ability levels. Though we are not formally accredited, Brookfield Academy is recognized by colleges and universities as a top quality program that prepares students for higher education and life beyond school.

  3. How do you help new students transition successfully to Brookfield Academy?

    There is a support system in place for all new students transferring to our school. Before entrance, we can provide materials to work on at home, set up individual tutoring with one of our teachers, or recommend enrollment in a summer prep class. Students will receive individual attention from the classroom teacher and may also receive help from other programs set up during and after the school day. Our goal is to have students challenged but not overwhelmed with our curriculum.

  4. Are there uniforms at your school?

    No, but we do have a dress code that basically consists of no blue jeans or t-shirts. We expect our students to dress for academic success. Students in Middle School and Upper School have dress up days and all divisions have a spirit wear day.

  5. How do you handle discipline issues?

    We are fortunate to have students at Brookfield Academy who want to learn and are excited to be here. Generally, a classroom teacher handles minor disruptions in a way which shows respect for the student and teaches constructive behavior. We focus on character development and making wise choices. Discipline issues may involve the Division Head and parents if the issue escalates or the negative pattern continues.

  6. What are the hours of school?

    All students attend school five days a week. The school day for Level A (Pre-K) is from 8:15 - 12:15 or from 11:15 - 3:15. Level A students may extend the day with the optional Peter Rabbit Program. Students in Levels B - 12 attend classes from 8:15 - 3:15. After-school programs are available in Primary, Lower and Middle School until 6:00 p.m. on normal school days.

 

Commitment to BA

  1. This is an expensive school!

    Yes, and you will find it well worth the expense. Your tuition dollars go solely toward educating and preparing your student for the future.

  2. Besides tuition, are there other financial obligations?

    Books and basic school supplies are included in Lower School and Middle School tuition. Upper School students purchase their textbooks, new or used. There are catered lunch options that require addition fees as well.

  3. Is there any tuition assistance available?

    The Financial Aid program begins with Middle School (Level 6) and continues through Upper School. A Scholarship Program is in place for students in Upper School and students must take an annual scholarship test to qualify for these funds.

  4. What time commitment should be expected of a Brookfield Academy student?

    Students will have assigned daily homework, beginning with approximately 10 minutes for Level A (Pre-K) and gradually increasing to anywhere from 1 - 3 hours per day in the Upper School. Students are encouraged to participate in clubs, sports and after-school activities and learn to balance academic life with social life.

  5. What time commitment should be expected of a Brookfield Academy parent?

    Parents have no specific time commitment but are encouraged to become part of the school community by volunteering for activities and events both on and off campus. We also feel parents should be committed to the success of their child and be an active part of the Academy Triangle, working with their student and teachers to ensure a successful school experience.

 

Admissions

  1. How do I apply?

    Simple! Follow these 4 easy steps.

  2. What is the admissions screening like?

    This is an admissions placement tool that helps us determine how to help a student transition to our program. Students entering Level A (Pre-K) play games and interact with the teacher and other children to determine school readiness. Students in Level B will participate in activities that show a readiness for reading and math. All other students do exercises in reading, writing, and math.

  3. When will I find out the results of my child's admissions screening?

    Admissions screening results will be available three days after the screening session.  Please call the Admissions Office at 262-783-3200, ext. 141, if you would like a verbal report of these results.

  4. If my child is accepted, what do I do next?

    You will have two weeks to send Brookfield Academy a $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit, which will be used to hold your child's place in class.  It is important to let Sharon Koenings know if you need more than two weeks to submit the deposit.  We will consider granting an extension, but if we do not hear from you within two weeks, the space will be offered to another student.

  5. What if my child is accepted, but offered a spot on the wait list?

    You will have two weeks to send Brookfield Academy a $1,000 tuition deposit, which will be used to hold your child's place on the wait list.  As long as your child is on the wait list, you may make a written request for the refund of this deposit, but as soon as an opening occurs, we will place your child in class and your tuition deposit then becomes non-refundable.

  6. Is there anything else I should know about applying to Brookfield Academy?

    Level A Program: If you have a preference for the morning or afternoon session, please submit your written request with the deposit, stating your reasons for that request.  We will consider all requests but cannot guarantee the morning or afternoon session when making class assignments.  A letter informing you of morning or afternoon session placement will be mailed in early June.

    Financial Aid: There is a limited financial aid program for students in Levels 6 through 12.  You may request the financial aid application from the Admissions Office.  Scholarships are available for students in Levels 9 through 12.  Scholarship testing is offered annually.

  7. Are classes full for next year?

    Some classes are close to being full. It would be a good idea to turn in your application as soon as possible. When a class becomes full, we start a wait pool and take the best overall candidate as a class opening occurs.

  8. Once accepted, how do I assure my place in class?

    To hold a spot in class, Brookfield Academy requires a $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit for each enrolled student. If a student transfers to another school anytime during the year, the deposit would not be refunded but the tuition would be prorated on a monthly basis. Students on a wait list may request a refund of the deposit up until a spot becomes available in class.

  9. What if I have more questions about Brookfield Academy?

    Please feel free to contact admissions directly or fill out our Contact Us form. We will follow up with a response in a timely manner.