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Brighton High School

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Posted May 27, 2013

The community of Brighton pays $54 per student/year while neighboring communities like Commerce City pay well over $600 per student. BHS staff and teachers do the best they can with the resources they're given. For the previous posters who rated Bhs poorly, stop complaining and start providing the resources our students need, just like every other community in Colorado.


Posted April 17, 2012

I have attended BHS for four years and have nothing but great things to say. Most of the teachers are great, and even if a few are bad, they don't affect the overall school. No one place can say that everyone who works there is perfect, so it's funny that people expect all the teachers to be perfect. I have had every opportunity to make my high school experience what I want it to be. There really hasn't been anything that they haven't provided except free laptops--but that's ridiculous to expect!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2012

Brighton High School is a terrible High School and I would not send any kids or recommend it to anyone. Being grown and raised in Brighton, I naturally went to Brighton High School. I have moved around, but that's not why I'm here. This is my 3rd year there and the school is absolutely awful. I would fill this post up with profanity if I could. But that's not the point. The Teachers are extremely disrespectful, they act like they're upholding some extreme law. The administration is a joke for how the school is. Being 250+ or something like that, they claim there growing, but only more people are moving to Brighton. The school feels the need to take this so seriously, they need a deen of students. If that's not bad, the school always smells terrible. The teacher's teach with outdated books, and outdated teaching. The school isn't involved with any of the parents. They get constant complaints, and they are extremely bias towards students who aren't jocks. This school should be remodeled completey and needs a whole new staff. As it stands right now, do not attend BHS. I'm currently in the process of getting out of this joke of a "Highschool".
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2011

Native of Brighton and a long time resident. I even graduated from BHS. I think the education at BHS school is FAR behind the other High Schools in Colorado. We moved to another city in the state and the education was challenging and the communication between the teachers and Parent's was incredible. The High school they attend was ranked in the top 20 of great schools in Colorado. We moved back to Brighton due to an illness in our family and the need to take care of them. There is also a lack of communication between the School itself and the School district. The music program was the only plus and it was even behind from the music program at the other school. If I had it to do over again, I would have remained at the other school through their High School years. The parent's in the community who have young families they are raising here need to be concerned for their children's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

My son/daughter is a student there and we have had problems with BHS since freshman year and the problem keeps reacurring this senior year. the school in my opinion does not really help those students in need of help and their is alot of miscomunication with the staff. BHS in the past we have called to set up appoinments and they didn't get back to us till 3 weeks later. this school seems to not really know whats going on with students at BHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

When I attended the teaching was average. Many of the teachers were just going through the motions. There were the select few that were outstanding. From what I understand now, this school is suffering somewhat in helping students graduate with the education they needs. Sign of the times? Parenting? Not sure.


Posted February 3, 2009

This is the school I would recommend sending your kid to. I am a graduate of BHS and alls I can say is that it was a fun experience and I loved all the teachers there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2008

I am curently a student at BHS. All I can say is that this school is in fact amazing. I love all my classes and definately my teachers. They find a way to make class fun as much as possible. We have one of the best athetic teams in our area and BHS wants this to continue. There are so many sports to choose from and if you're not into that, they will in fact have something extra you will enjoy. The students here are the best. I love the fact that we have so much school spirit. Homecoming football games and pep assemblies are great to go to. Everyone is involved. The teachers really strive to make sure we have fun. For parents I would recommend sending your child here. We have many honors and A.P. classes to choose from as well. I am taking both now. I love BHS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2008

Brighton High is a great school. We're a small community, but the school provides great opportunities for its students, making sure everyone's time is spent in worthwhile ways. I have problems with the administration, but they seem to try hard, even if their attempts are often misguided. However, the people who have contact with the students are what really make BHS special. Teachers make class fun and interesting, and make every attempt to engage and encourage every student. It's a very welcoming environment where everyone from the security guards and janitors to the most established teachers are helpful and can often be seen in the halls laughing with a student. Overall, BHS is a great school that is proud of its history and community, within a community that is proud of its school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2008

Brighton High School is a fantastic learning environment where teachers hold students accountable. The teachers my children have had the pleasure to work with hold high expectations of every student. The idea of student leadership exists at BHS and the community takes pride in the school. I do agree there has been some issues in the past however under the new 2007-2008 leadership change is evident.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

I totally disagree with the prior reviews. I admit Brighton High School has some unorthodox ways, but it doesn't decrease the level of integrity those who work and attend there possess. You have to be a certain kind of person to be able to survive at Brighton High School. You have to be able to make friends easily, pay attention well, and learn to take a joke. The teachers and staff here are amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2005

Brighton High School continues to be a disappointment to me. I have had kids there for the last 5 years and although there are great teachers and students, there are so many negatives. The latest negatives are Mike Campbell leaving. He has been a true fighter for our kids and their school. The second negative is having graduation on the same day as the state track finals. Even if two seniors make it to state, how fair is that for them to have to decide to have a graduation ceremony on Friday night by themselves or miss a wonderful opportunity to go to state so they can graduate with their class. I know what most kids will decide and it won't be a ceremony on Saturday morning! It's sad that our school board is so self-centered and selfish in so many ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2004

Brighton High has a major overcrowding problem. We have gone to split schedules which means some go from 7am-noon and some go from noon-5pm. We also dont get lunch. I would not recommend sending your child here. I am not impressed whatsoever with this school the teachers cuss and call the kids vulger names. I dont recommend sending your child here. I am changing schools as soon as I can so I can finish highschool somewhere else.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

446 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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31%

2012

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

446 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

446 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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47%

2012

 
 
35%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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21%

2012

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
38%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students31%
Female30%
Male33%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch34%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant32%

Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%

Writing

All Students47%
Female53%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible61%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students21%
Female16%
Male27%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)29%
Free lunch eligible10%
Reduced lunch eligible17%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch24%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities23%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English26%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant22%

Reading

All Students62%
Female68%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible67%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant63%

Science

All Students43%
Female41%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible34%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)3%
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%

Writing

All Students36%
Female43%
Male29%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


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ACT participation

95%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

74%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 49% 32%
White 47% 56%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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270 South 8th Avenue
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: (303) 655-4200

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