Bromley Brook School is located in Manchester Center, VT. It is a private, alternative school that serves 44 students in grades 9-12. Bromley Brook School is all-female and is nonsectarian in orientation.
It’s taken years to come to terms with what exactly occurred while I was attending Bromley Brook School. I now suffer from crippling anxiety and severe social issues. Out of the two years I attended this sad excuse for a school a total of 144 hours were spent in complete isolation, which took place in my small-minimized room in the back of A- wing. As I grow and mature as an adult I look more and more at the injustices I experienced as a large contribution to my bleak and untrusting outlook towards society. I did not exist there; I did not exist anywhere during my time at Bromley Brook. I was abused, neglected and dehumanized by the less than qualified staff. I was stripped of everything I loved for the amusement of those who took care of us. I had no voice and no thought. It was a prison not for young women with emotional inadequacies but for those who needed to be punished and hidden away from the world as if the world needed to be protected from us; not us from the world. I did not live in those two years; I fought for my life and my unalienable rights as a human being. Your daughter may be lost and out of control but there are many other schools; please spare her from experiencing the things I did.
by a Former Student
on Mar 24, 2011
Bromley Brook School
Ali: Not run well. I , personally, was harassed both physically and emotionally and the school didn't do anything to stop it. Finally convinced my parents to get me out. I only had "therapy" for 15-30 minutes a week tops. Most classes were spent goofing off or skipping. There are no consequences for doing something wrong.
Our weekly outings were short and often times dull. When we ask to do something we were often told that the school, "didn't have enough money". That seemed strange to me because they apparently had enough money to paint every wall in the wings and get brand new wood floors at the end of both the wings.
The girls have absolutly nothing to do at the school. We were not allowed to leave the school grounds at any time. The only exercise we were allowed was walking around "thr loop" which was the circle around the school. They also have a small gym, but the michines are out of order much of the time. The staff also has to open the workout room for the students, so we had to ask their permission and for them to open the door which took time. Not many students use the gym because its a big ordeal to even get it open fort the lack of michines we could use.
I know drama is at most schools, but it is everywhere at Bromley Brook... Girls are often down right mean to each other, and with no consequences it just keeps going and going and going.
When I left my dad told me that the school told him that it would be normal for me to hate it there... I think that is one of their best parental brainwashing methods. The tell parents exactly what they want to hear all of the time and when we complained to our parents the school reassures the parents that we are, "having a hard time and will feel better soon".
I am a senior in high school. I asked to be signed up for the October ACT test when I first arrived in August and they said, "no problem". In late September I asked if they had signed me up and the answer was, "you never asked for that." My dad and I got really angry about that. I felt like I was a number in a prison. They have, too much to do to see one student. The staff is too small and their are too many students.
I wrote the head of the school an letter. I waited 2 whole months to hear back from him. Finally, the night before I left he talked to me. The meeting was short and a huge waste of time. I learned later that my dad had talked to him that day. He had forgotten and he new if he didn't act quickly my dad would be angry, as would I.
My final straw was a HUGE bruise on my leg. It was literally 4inches by 3inches. I got it while I was sleeping. My roomate jumped on me. When I showed my dad that he was revolted. He talked to the therapeutic staff and they knew nothing about it even though I had told the dorm staff DAYS before. They apologized to us.
Similar things have happen to other students I know who attended Bromley Brook. Almost all of my friends left right before I did in November 2010 or just after.
If you are considering Bromley Brook School please consider all of the options you and your family have.
I hope I helped.
by a Former Student
on Jan 7, 2011
Bromley Brook School
ive been going to bbs for 15 months. i would suggest that each website featuring bbs would be updated. each staff in each area (teachers to head masters) really do put their entire heart and soul into us girls. they are currently trying hard to keep each girls progress to only move foward. they have eliminated all demotions in order to remind all the girls that they will always have the opportunity waiting to keep stepping up and opening new doors. although the ages are dropping to twelve year olds the rest of us older girls remain to set the maturity limits. it isnt working at the moment but with more activities added only our daily schedual the drama has began to decrease. i would like to see more diversity because some, like me, need to show the rest that there's more to life than one sort of 'person'. over all, i no longer anticipate leaving because no matter what, bromley will accept me as will my lifetime friends regardless of where they're from. in the end we all learn the stupidity in the girl dramas and sometimes fights. as for most new girls, that knowledge has yet to be earned. it is always rough in the beginning and i never thought i would be saying how much i appreciate the seperation between my family and i because it has brought me closer to my values. i was wasted skin, and now i can fly with my own wings. i dont talk like this often, and no one would ever think that i had this much to say. but ive grown and the old me has been calmed down and respected. they all respect me, some for the wrong reasons but hey, that's from them to learn.
by a Current Student
on Jul 18, 2010
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Student Ethnicity (2010)
In 2010, Bromley Brook School had 4 students for every full-time equivalent teacher.