Aurora Public Schools, Colorado

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Aurora Public Schools
Aurora, Colorado
Aurora Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Rico Munn
Graduation rate:48.0%
Number of schools:53
Budget: $284.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:JulieMarie Shepherd
Board members:7
Term length:4
Aurora Public Schools is a school district in Colorado that served 33,956 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] This district is the sixth-largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Aurora Public Schools is located in Arapahoe County, CO
Aurora Public Schools serves K-12 students in Aurora, Colorado. Aurora is located primarily in Arapahoe County though sections of the city are located in Adams and Douglas Counties. According to the 2010 US Census, Aurora is home to 325,078 residents.[2]


Aurora lagged behind the rest of Colorado in median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Aurora was $50,468 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Aurora was 16.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Aurora residents aged 25 years and older earned a Bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Aurora (%) Colorado (%)
White 61.1 81.3
Black or African American 15.7 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 4.9 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 5.2 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 28.7 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 104,622 34.7
Republican 99,306 33
Unaffiliated 93,858 31.2
Libertarian 2,019 0.7
Green 537 0.2
American Constitution 486 0.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]


The current Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools is Rico Munn. He has served in the position since his appointment in May 2013. Munn previously served as a partner with Baker and Hostetler LLP. He currently serves on the Colorado State University System Board of Governors as an appointee of Governor John Hickenlooper.[5]

School board

The Aurora Public Schools Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to four-year terms. Members do not receive any compensation for their service on the board.[6]

Aurora Public Schools Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
JulieMarie Shepherd 2009 2017
Cathy Wildman 2011 2015
Mary W. Lewis 2007 2015
Dan Jorgensen 2011 2015
Amber Drevon 2013 2017
Eric Nelson 2013 2017
Barbara Yamrick 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Aurora Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected on a staggered basis to four-year terms. Four seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Aurora Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[7]

All meetings of the Board of Education, except executive sessions, shall be open to the public. Interested persons of the Aurora Public Schools are encouraged to attend meetings of the Board, but any person who disturbs good order may be required to leave.

The Board of Education welcomes constructive suggestions and comments which may help to meet the educational needs of students of the District and improves its operation. Community members of the Aurora Public Schools are urged to contact the building principal or the Office of the Superintendent of Schools for assistance prior to bringing a particular problem or concern to the Board of Education. If a community member is unable to obtain satisfaction through the District's administration, a letter may be sent to the Board containing detailed information about the problem.

Persons residing within the boundaries of the Aurora Public Schools, employees and students of the Aurora Public Schools, officials of the State of Colorado or other school systems wishing to address the Board, are required to complete the appropriate form which will be found on the sign-up table, indicating under which agenda item they wish to speak. The form will be collected when the Board of Education begins the "Information Items," "Action Items" and the "Concluding Items" portions of the agenda. The President shall call on those persons who have signed the forms at the appropriate place in the Board proceedings.

Other persons who are non-residents of the geographical area served by the Aurora Public Schools desiring to address the Board may sign up to do so. However, the Board reserves the right to determine if it will be able to hear comments from such persons.

The Board of Education reserves the right to limit the length of presentations or comments to three minutes, and to terminate public discussion with regard to any issue as it deems appropriate. The Board also reserves the right to recognize any individual who may wish to address them. If citizens anticipate the need for additional time beyond the normal three minutes, they are urged to prepare a written statement which will be distributed to Board members in advance. This is very helpful in providing background information prior to the time a person addresses the Board.

If there are a large number of persons who sign up to speak on a single topic, the presiding officer may require that the group select representative speakers and comment for no more than 15 minutes, or such other longer time as the presiding officer deems appropriate.

Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order. The presiding officer may terminate the speaker's privilege of address if, after being called to order, the speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks.[8]


Aurora Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $181,337,786 63.7% $49,532,170 17.4% $48,260,002 16.9% $0 0% $5,674,949 2% $284,804,907
Averages: $181,337,786 64% $49,532,170 17% $48,260,002 17% $0 0% $5,674,949 2% $284,804,907

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Aurora Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and teachers for 2013-2014:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 37,854 80,402
B.A. 15 38,937 81,998
B.A. 30 40,007 86,170
B.A. 45 41,087 87,732
MA 42,179 91,791
MA 15 43,251 93,351
MA 30 44,324 96,421
MA 45 45,410 98,855
MA 60 46,486 100,401
MA 75 47,562 101,952
Ph.D. 48,642 103,501


Teachers in Aurora Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Aurora Education Association (AEA). The current President of AEA is Amy Nichols.[11]

Schools in Aurora Public Schools


The district served 33,956 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 9.5% increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 30,999 -
2010 31,588 1.9
2011 32,151 1.7
2012 32,887 2.2
2013 33,956 3.2

District schools

Aurora Public Schools operates 53 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Aurora Public Schools
Altura Elementary School
APS Online High School
Arkansas Elementary School
Aurora Academy
Aurora Central High School
Aurora Expeditionary Learning Academy
Aurora Frontier P-8 School
Aurora Hills Middle School
Aurora West College Preparatory Academy
Boston K-8 School
Century Elementary School
Clyde Miller P-8 School
Columbia Middle School
Crawford Elementary School
Dalton Elementary School
Dartmouth Elementary School
East Middle School
Elkhart Elementary School
Fletcher Community School
Fulton Academy of Excellence
Gateway High School
Global Village Academy
Hinkley High School
Iowa Elementary School
Jewell Elementary School
Kenton Elementary School
Lansing Elementary School
Laredo Elementary School
Lotus School
Lyn Knoll Elementary School
Montview Elementary School
Mrachek Middle School
Murphy Creek P-8 School
New America School
North M.S. Health Sciences & Technology Campus
Paris Elementary School
Park Lane Elementary School
Peoria Elementary School
Rangeview High School
Sable Elementary School
Side Creek Elementary School
Sixth Avenue Elementary School
South Middle School
Tollgate Elementary School
Vanguard Classical School
Vassar Elementary School
Vaughn Elementary School
Virginia Court Elementary School
Vista PEAK Exploratory P-8 School
Vista PEAK Exploratory 9-12 School
Wheeling IB World School
William Smith High School
Yale Elementary School

Academic performance

Colorado Student Assessment Program

The Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) is Colorado’s standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. The primary purpose of the assessment program is to determine the level at which Colorado students meet the Colorado Model Content Standards in the content areas assessed. The CSAP is collaboratively developed by the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado teaching community and CTB/McGraw-Hill. The data is used to keep abreast of individual student, school, and district progress toward attaining higher student achievement levels. The fact that CSAP is based on the Colorado Model Content Standards ensures that all districts are held to the same standards expected for students regardless of whether they live in urban, suburban or rural areas.[13]

Three-year performance trends

The following table details the performance of Aurora Public Schools students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[14]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Does Not Meet 31.3
Academic Growth Approaching 58.3
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 51.7
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Does Not Meet 31.3
Total 43.9

What do the performance indicators measure?

  • Academic Achievement: The Achievement Indicator reflects how a district's students are doing at meeting the state's proficiency goal: the percentage of students proficient or advanced on Colorado's standardized assessments. This indicator includes results from CSAP, CSAPA (Reading, Writing, Math and Science), Lectura and Escritura.
  • Academic Growth: The Growth Indicator measures academic progress using the Colorado Growth Model. This indicator reflects:
  • Normative growth: How the academic progress of the students in this district compared to that of other students statewide with a similar CSAP score.
  • Adequate growth: Whether this level of growth was sufficient for the typical (median) student in this district to reach an achievement level of proficient or advanced on the CSAP within three years or by 10th grade, whichever comes first.
  • Academic Growth Gaps: The Gaps Indicator measures the academic progress of historically disadvantaged student subgroups. It disaggregates the Growth Indicator into student subgroups, and reflects their normative and adequate growth. The subgroups include students eligible for free or reduced lunch, minority students, students with disabilities (IEP status), English Language Learners and students needing to catch up.
  • Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness: The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Indicator measures the preparedness of students for college or jobs upon completing high school. This indicator reflects student graduation rates, dropout rates and average Colorado ACT composite scores.

Contact information

Aurora Public Schools logo.jpg
Aurora Public Schools
Educational Services Center-1
15701 E. First Ave.
Suite 206
Aurora, CO 80011
Phone: (303) 344-8060

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