Brighton School District, Colorado

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Brighton School District
Brighton, Colorado
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District Profile
Superintendent:Chris Fielder
Graduation rate:71.5%
Number of schools:24
Budget: $150.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Patrick D. Day
Board members:7
Term length:2/4
Brighton School District is a school district in Colorado that served 16,163 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 17th-largest by enrollment in the state of Colorado.

About the district

Brighton School District is located in Adams County, Colorado
Brighton School District is located in Adams County, Colorado. The county seat of Adams County is Brighton, Colorado. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Adams County is home to 459,598 residents.[2]


Adams County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Adams County is $56,089 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Adams County is 14.0% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 20.7% of Adams County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Adams County (%) State (%)
White 87.4 88.1
Black or African American 3.5 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.2 1.6
Asian 3.9 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.8 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 38.4 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Unaffiliated 96,016 37.65
Democratic 91,925 36.04
Republican 64,406 25.25
Libertarian 1,665 0.65
American Constitution 599 0.23
Green 440 0.18

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]


The current Superintendent of Brighton School District is Chris Fielder. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Fielder previously worked as a principal at two district schools from 2005 to 2012.[5]

School board

The Brighton School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected to geographic districts. Five members are elected to four-year terms and two members are elected to two-year terms. Members do not receive compensation for their service on the board.[6]

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Brighton School District Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Robert Thimmig 1 2015
Rick Doucet 2 2017
Donna Petrocco 3 2015
Michael K. Landwehr 4 2017
Patrick D. Day 5 2017
Teresa R. Gallegos 6 2015
Gregory Piotraschke 7 2015

School board elections

See also: Brighton School District elections (2013)

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

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education does not have a published set of guidelines for public participation in board meetings.


Brighton School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[7]

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
2013-2014 $81,876,404 54.3% $10,035,241 6.7% $43,247,801 28.7% $0 0% $15,613,021 10.4% $150,772,467
Averages: $81,876,404 54% $10,035,241 7% $43,247,801 29% $0 0% $15,613,021 10% $150,772,467

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Brighton School District 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:[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 33,686.34 56,601.09
BA 10 35,144.09 57,171.75
BA 20 36,608.38 60,731.01
BA 30 37,122.30 64,036.03
BA 40 37,595.86 67,692.40
MA 38,071.58 71,347.67
MA 10 39,536.98 73,445.90
MA 20 40,993.62 75,352.10
MA 30 42,492.83 76,302.47
MA 40 43,915.65 78,844.80
MA 50 44,907.49 81,067.42
Ph.D. 45,896.05 83,293.32

Schools in Brighton School District


The district served 16,163 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 17.8% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 13,711 -
2009 14,469 5.5
2010 15,063 4.1
2011 15,649 3.8
2012 16,163 3.2

District schools

Brighton School District operates 24 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Brighton School District
Belle Creek Charter School
Bolt Academy
Brantner Elementary School
Brighton Heritage Academy
Brighton High School
Bromley East Charter School
Eagle Ridge Academy
Foundations Academy
Henderson Elementary
Landmark Academy
North Elementary School
Northeast Elementary School
Otho E. Stuart Middle School
Overland Trail Middle School
Pennock Elementary School
Prairie View Middle School
Prairie View High School
Second Creek Elementary
South Elementary School
Southeast Elementary School
Thimmig Elementary School
Turnberry Elementary School
Vikan Middle School
West Ridge 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.[10]

Three-year performance trends

The following table details the performance of Brighton School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:[11]

District CSAP scores
Performance Indicators Rating  % Earned
Academic Achievement Approaching 50.0
Academic Growth Approaching 61.9
Academic Growth Gaps Approaching 51.1
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Approaching 54.7
Total 56.0

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

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Brighton School District
Board of Education
18551 E 160th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: (303) 655-2952

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