Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
|Aurora Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||53|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||JulieMarie Shepherd|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Aurora Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtArapahoe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Aurora Public Schools Board of Education|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Mary W. Lewis||2007||2015|
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:
|“||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.
Aurora Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|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|
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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in Aurora Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Aurora Education Association (AEA). The current President of AEA is Amy Nichols.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Aurora Public Schools operates 53 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Aurora Public Schools|
|Altura Elementary School|
|APS Online High School|
|Arkansas Elementary School|
|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|
|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|
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.
Three-year performance trends
The following table details the performance of Aurora Public Schools students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Achievement||Does Not Meet||31.3|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Approaching||51.7|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Does Not Meet||31.3|
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.
- Aurora Public Schools
- City of Aurora
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Aurora Education Association
- Aurora Public Schools, "Enrollment Trend Analysis," January 14, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Aurora, accessed: November 18, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed October 24, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- The Denver Post, "D. Rico Munn officially named Aurora Public Schools superintendent," May 7, 2013
- Aurora Public Schools, "Board Member Compensation and Expenses," September 2013
- Aurora Public Schools, "Public Participation at Board Meetings," December 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Aurora Public Schools, "Financial Transparency," accessed December 2, 2013
- Aurora Public Schools, "Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed January 14, 2014
- Aurora Education Association, "Executive Committee," accessed January 14, 2014
- Aurora Public Schools, "Schools," accessed January 14, 2014
- Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
- Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 14, 2014