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Brighton Schools

Private | K-6 | 89 students

Rigorous academics, focus on extra curricular subjects, family centered
 
 

 

Living in Folsom

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $289,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,200.

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Posted January 15, 2014

As a parent sending their first child to Kindergarten, I had a tough time choosing a school. Half way through the year, I now know that decision should have been a no-brainer. I truly feel that Brighton has been the best choice for my son. He has grown so much in such a short time. This is no doubt to the full day Kindergarten with its small ratios and specials (Spanish, Music, Art and PE), which has given him much more than we could ever have hoped for from a traditional 3-hour public school kindergarten. The staff has been amazing! My wife and I feel that we are an equal part of the team with the teachers as well as administration. Everyone is always smiling and makes us feel welcome each time we enter the building. Seeing how excited my son is to go to school each day, knowing that he is safe, respected and challenged academically, and hearing about all the fulfilling experiences he had when I pick him up, gives me great confidence in recommending Brighton s Private Elementary with the highest regard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

My daughter is currently in Kindergarten and it's just amazing to see how much she has grown, academically and socially. It's about every day where my husband and I look at each other in amazement regarding what my daughter is learning that day as we do not remember our Kindergarten class having us memorize poems or do addition, etc. Her teachers are very hands-on and very approachable. They will come to us with any concern they may have as they are looking out for our daughter. The monthly field trips have been great and applies to what they are learning at that time. I spend some time in the classroom every week and the children are well-behaved, respectful and very positive to their classmates. I can see the excitement and commitment the Spanish, art, music and PE teachers have towards the children. The school staff are always asking for our feedback regarding events they host and ways to improve the school. It is a great community of people that are focused on caring for/teaching our children. We compared the costs of a local public school and Brighton and it came out equal when you consider that you have to pay for field trips, school supplies, snacks/lunches and other dues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

I cannot say enough wonderful things about all of the teachers and staff. My son is currently in the first grade and my daughter will attend Kindergarten when she is old enough. I feel lucky to have my son in such a wonderful school! He loves it and there is a real feeling of community! I consider the tuition some of the best money we have spent. There is art, music, Spanish, field trips and teachers that truly care about every student. I would say such a combination is almost impossible to find. If you want the very best for your child then Brighton is the place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

Brighton Elementary is a fabulous school for a child to excel academically, and grow as a well rounded caring person. The staff is lovely and professional, continually striving to do their best with the children's best interest considered first. My child's teacher is loving and experienced. The teacher knows where to push academic skills, and where to give extra help when needed. On top of high quality academics, art, music, and language, they also teach and practice character development. The teacher/child ratio is 1:12 in my child's class, and her classmates are all bright, well behaved children. Brighton is well worth the added expense.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2012

My kids have been going to Brighton for 5 years. I love everything about Brighton. I have great relationships with the teachers and other staff members. My kids love going to school which is a huge plus. I would highly recommend Brighton to anyone looking for child care or education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2012

My daughter has been going to Brighton since she was 3, and she is now in 2nd grade. We have had nothing but wonderful experiences with this school. The curriculum is excellent and the teachers are truly committed to educating children in a challenging but friendly and caring environment. Communication with teachers and staff has always been effortless, and Brighton provides many extras that public schools do not -- music, art, Spanish -- and they even offer after-school private music lessons and Tai Kwon Do. Everything Brighton does is top notch and I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

As very concerned parents, with a lot of personal exigencies especially regarding high educational standards, I'm happy to state that by far Brighton School in Folsom exceeded our expectations in every single sphere. As a plus, their absolute heartwarming concern for every single child's well being, as well his/her development was truly impressive. If you are weighting whether or not it pays to make an extra sacrifice in order to provide a private school to your little precious ones, and make this so early time of their lives significantly important - especially when it comes to their emotional and intellectual further advancement, I truly recommend Brighton School in Folsom as the best place to enroll your children"...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

Brighton is a wonderful school ranging from their infant care all the way to their highest elementary grade (currently 2nd grade). My daughter went to the school from K-2nd grade and loved every second of it! My son is in the preschool program and has been there since he was 1 . All of the teachers and staff, regardless of the campus location, are caring, personable and professional; they are truly like an extended family. My daughter left after 2nd grade, but is always eager to return to Brighton for their wonderful summer camp program. The school is well organized with their planning of activities and has a consistent system for parent communication (weekly emails and daily verbal updates when you pick your child up). Their child to teacher ratio is hard to beat in other private schools and definitely can t be done by other public schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

My child has been going to the Brighton Schools for 3 years now. He has attention deficit disorder behaviors and the teachers at this school have been so flexible with identifying, creating and implementing learning solutions specific to his needs. I know exactly what goes on and the teacher enables us to continue with those routines at home by providing us with her day remedy program. My son loves going to school and as a parent, I know my son is very much loved by all the staff at Brighton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

We have 2 children that have been in Brighton since birth and we LOVE the school, LOVE the teachers and feel like it is a FAMILY first school with an excellent environment and staff. We have never had any poor experiences or interactions. The school goes beyond all expectations with communication, fun for kids, balance and excellence. Our kids view the school as part of the extended family. Would HIGHLY recommend this for your children. Ignore the comments by the individual who rated the school poorly. An occassional rouge parent believes they know more than the professionals and that 1st graders should be taught rocket science and differential equations. If you want your child to be safe, cared for, taught well, have fun, and if you want to associate yourself with other great families of all nationalities this school is for you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

I have been fortunate to have my 8 year old son enrolled at Brighton since Kindergarten. The teachers and other staff have gone out of their way to make sure that my son, who has special needs, gets the attention and appropriate homework that he needs. I have always had open, honest and regular communication with K,1 and 2 teachers. Sometimes I receive daily info on his progress. The teachers are warm, funny, and obviously well-educated. I don't know what I would have done without Brighton, it's small class size, and ideal curriculum since my son would not be successful in public school. I look forward to 3rd grade. Thanks Brighton!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

I RECOMMEND BRIGHTON-ABSOLUTELY ! NOTE: This is a cross-post and a follow up to my posting on MyFolsom.com , Folsom Forum (dated 4/21/09): Brighton teachers are warm and set clear expectations for the kids, in the classroom and during play time, both of which provide opportunities for learning. In my opinion, Brighton provides a warm family atmosphere as well as a safe and a positive academic and social environment. To quote my daughter, Brighton provides a "very good education and has super nice teachers." As for summer camp, they ROCK! My daughter began with Brighton more than 4 years ago, before kindergarten, and attended classes through 2nd grade. She attended summer camp starting in pre-k through 4th grade and is again enrolled at Brighton for 2010 camp activities. I've had consistent positive experiences with Brighton and felt compelled to review.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

I have had the privilege of all 3 of my children attend Brighton both in the pre-k and private elementary programs. I have found the teachers and the staff to remain consistent and foster an academic and social environment that continues to exceed my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

This school is great if your child is in pre-K and K, but I not for the first and second grade. The school is disorganized, the staff has limited knowledge on child development, and general class management skills. When an issue is escalated it's simply a one way conversation because their concern is the well-being of their staff not the child. In addition, the school has no concept of basic curriculum policy, for example not celebrating holidays. The teachers don't like open parent communication in fact, it's discouraged and parents are not involved in parent curriculum development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

I could not be happier with the care our son receives. He is always happy when we drop him off and seems disappointed when it s time to leave. I was concerned that we wouldn t be able to find someone that we could trust to watch our son, but have felt completely as ease leaving him with the care providers at Brighton. I love that each day, when we pick him up, his teachers discuss his day in detail. Though most days are great, because they are open and honest with me about his day, whether good or bad, we are able to address any concerns efficiently. I feel that they are helping us raise our son in a warm, loving environment and that they truly care about his development and well being. I don t think there is a more perfect fit
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

My daughter had a serious injury in the summer program that was a true accident that was not caused by neglect, etc. The Brighton Natoma Station supervisors/staff handled it exactly the way a parent would want it handled. They were great! we have 2 kids attending for 5 years and have been very pleased. Good student/teacher ratios, confidence builders, exposure to foods, games, creative resources. Caring people and family feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

My husband and I are very happy with Brighton. My 14 month-old daughter is always happy when we drop her off and pick her up, and we get a form that tells us a bit about what happened during the day (feeding, naps, etc). The instructors and administrators have always done a good job communicating with me, whether it be concerns they have about my daughter or if they just want to tell me a funny story about what happened with her during the day. I feel secure knowing that my daughter is well-cared-for, and it gives me piece-of-mind while I'm at work.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

My toddler has attended this preschool for almost two years. I like the program and the teachers, but there is little emphasis on healthy habits such as hand washing. It also does not appear that the administration adequately enforces its sick child policy, and instead allows many children to attend who are ill and contagious. Therefore I do not think it is a good school for children prone to illness or with any type of weakened immune system. However I am confident that it is an excellent educational program for children in K-2nd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

My son has attended this school for the past 2 years, and loves going to school. The school is not as academic as I would like, I wish they would push him for studies, but he is happy and confident. He is well mannered and loves to share. I think the school can do better on academics, but is great on teaching social skills. The teachers and all the staff members are wonderful. It is pricer than the some of the other options available, but worth the cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

I was basically raised going here. Although there were times that i wish i didnt go there, without this center i wouldnt be the person that i have become. The staff really does care for each student they invest their time emotions, and sometime money on making it a great experience for their students. I started going there when i was two years old and left when i was in middle school. The impact that these people had on my life was so great that i continue to voluteer through out the summer just so i can keep in contact with the incredible staff that works there. They honestly have taught me soo much i dont know where i would be without the tools and skills that growing up a Brighton kid has taught me. Coming from a child that has gone there i highly recomend sending your child here. :)
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 26%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Black 3% 6%
Hispanic 3% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:15 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Michelle Flowers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAEYC
Fax number
  • (916) 985-9145

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
  • Whole child centered/ CC
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Service learning
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Bus to / from Granite Bay.
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

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  • Variety of clubs after school
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School culture

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  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parent's Club
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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
50
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
50

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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405 Natoma Station Drive
Folsom, CA 95630
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Phone: (916) 985-2222

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