Riverside Brookfield High School is located just 13 miles west of Chicago in a predominantly residential suburb designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. Students attending RBHS come primarily from Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield. Residents of these communities are largely professional, semiprofessional, managerial, proprietary and skilled workers. The community passed a $58 million referendum to expand and renovate the school building, and it was completed in the spring of 2010. In 2015, the Board of Education used $14 million from a combination of life safety funds and a capital development grant to address health and life safety items required by the state and build a new athletic complex.
A total of 85% of the 106 professional personnel hold a master’s degree or beyond. The school year consists of two semesters, with the first ending December 22, 2016, and the second ending May 24, 2017. Classes meet five days a week and earn one-half credit each. Students must carry a minimum of five classes and may take up to seven during the regular school day. When offered, summer school sessions are three weeks each. The mean academic class size is 26.21. The student to regular teaching faculty ratio is 19.2:1. The student to all certified staff ratio is 15.4:1. The average pupil expenditure in 2015-2016 was approximately $15,130. Recent curricular innovations: 1:1 technology initiative beginning with the class of 2019, academic support teams, Professional Learning Communities, school/college partnership agreements with Loyola University and Triton Community College, Executive Functioning for all freshmen, Reading and Academic Vocabulary in the Content Area, Co-teaching, Extended Time, Character Education, Response to Intervention(RtI), and Positive Behavior Support (PBS).