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Exceptional Education

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Wisconsin is recognized nationally for its high quality public education, and the School District of Elmbrook consistently ranks among the best school districts in the state.

Elmbrook’s mission is to educate and inspire every student to think, to learn and to succeed. This mission is delivered in two high schools (grades 9-12), two middle schools (grades 6-8), six elementary schools (grades Kindergarten-5) and a special education cooperative school. Elmbrook serves about 6,500 resident students from the City of Brookfield, Village of Elm Grove and portions of the Town of Brookfield and City of New Berlin.

Elmbrook has been recognized nationally on Forbes’ “America’s Best Schools for Your Housing Buck” list. Its two high schools, Brookfield Central and Brookfield East, are annually featured on Newsweek’s “America’s Best High Schools” list.

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The district’s standardized and college entrance scores are among the best in the region and state. In 2010, Elmbrook’s average ACT composite score was 24.8, the highest in Waukesha County. These achievements can be attributed to comprehensive curriculum and dedicated teachers who encourage each student to reach their highest potential.

The Chamber of Commerce also partners with the high school in offering a career fair each spring. The field house is transformed into a trade show-like arena, where companies from throughout the community set up tables with information on their business. Students then have the opportunity to talk to representatives in career fields where there is an interest. This affords the students a chance to see the real world in business, healthcare, government, etc.

Hundreds of activities are offered to students to support whole-child development, teach valuable skills and foster life-long friendships. Whether it be art, music, athletics, service or academic clubs, Elmbrook has something for everyone. Individual students, teams and clubs are often recognized at conference, state and national levels for excellence in co-curricular activities. Community service is also fostered throughout the district, with the high schools offering two of the state’s largest Key Clubs.

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In 2010, thanks to the community’s passage of a $62 million referendum, Elmbrook completed major renovations at its high schools. Among the many improvements are updated classroom spaces, new athletic facilities and fine arts spaces. All schools in the district are equipped with cutting-edge technology to support 21st century learning, including SMART™ Boards in every classroom.

The district greatly benefits from engaged parents and supportive community members. For more information, please visit

In addition to the great public schools, there are also a number of excellent independent, private and parochial schools available in the area that provide educational options for parents moving to the area.

Beyond high school, Brookfield offers many opportunities for higher education with four universities. These include Cardinal Stritch University, Herzing Universtity, Ottawa University and The University of Phoenix.

The Brookfield Public Library

Whether you are looking for information for a school assignment, advice for your business or home project, a movie to enjoy or the latest bestseller to read or listen to, the Brookfield Public Library is “Where to go when you want to know!” The library has an extensive reference section and circulating collection of books, magazines, videocassettes, DVDs, CD-ROMs, e-books, audiocassettes, books-on-tape, compact discs, books-on-CD, Cliff Notes, Playaways and online databases including e-audio books (books downloadable to your PC, laptop or MP3 player) – providing an invaluable resource to the community and all its residents.

In addition to these resources, the library provides Reference and Readers’ Advisory assistance, meeting rooms, AV/study/computer rooms, services for those with special needs and Internet access from our computers, as well as wireless access from your own laptop. Visit the library’s website at to browse the online catalog, place holds, check holdings, renew materials and sign-up to receive newsletters and pre-overdue notifications via e-mail.

The library also conducts a variety of programs throughout the year for children, teens, adults and families. These programs include computer and Internet classes, a variety of book groups for all interests and ages and other special programs. The Children’s Department promotes reading readiness through storytimes for all ages, school visits, puppet shows, craft programs, summer reading programs, reading contests and special holiday events.

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