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Brighton, CO

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340 South 45th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601

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(303) 659-9519
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August 03, 2015
We couldn't be happier with our experience at Foundations. I have two children attending and have been here for 3 years. You will not find a more caring learning environment for your kids. The staff is wonderful and you can tell they have a passion for teaching. Foundations is a wonderful option for us living in Brighton 27J. I am thankful for Foundations and for all the Teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2015
Almost all the reviews on here are from when Mr. Hammond was principal, also the testing was from that time too. The school has changed in every way and only for the worse. The learning environment is terrible and the kids are in trouble all the time. Trust me when I say that there are much better schools to send your child to, this one is a terrible option for any parent.

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March 20, 2015
Part 1: I use to work at Foundations Academy. There are MANY reasons why I resigned and I want to share them with other prospective teachers that are looking to work at Foundations. First, teachers have no flexibility for differentiating for their students. The expectation is that you should be teaching within 5 minutes of the other teachers at the same grade level. How is that possible when you are trying to reach the needs of YOUR students?

- submitted by a teacher

February 21, 2015
We have attended Foundations since it opened, and at one time, I would have given 5 stars. Unfortunately, the school culture feels different these days. Back then, everyone was excited and parents were very invested. As would be expected, though, I think the "honeymoon" period is over and we need to figure out how to keep everyone invested. Although there has been a lot of staff turnover lately, I have to disagree with the other reviewer who blames the negative changes on Mr. Hammond's departure. He was a terrific principal, but the decline began last year when he was still there. I think Ms. Kastberg is doing a great job in the face of many staff changes, new state tests and guidelines, and a group of parents who are upset that Mr. Hammond left. In my opinion, many of the negative changes that have happened are due to parents--just look at the lack of courtesy in the parking lot at drop off/pick up for evidence. Teachers, deans, staff, and principal are still all working hard to do their best for the kids, and it is still one of the top schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2015
This school was wonderful...Until Joe Hammond left. The current principal has destroyed the culture of the once proud school, leaving only rules and consequences for the children. A complete transformation has occurred from her administrative approach, she should not be in charge of grade schoolers at all. Almost all of the great teachers left when Mr. Hammond did, now they are left with extremely new teachers and a constant rotation of middle school teacher, leaving the kids with no consistency and a lack of direction. The sports program is a joke, don't expect your child play unless they are in club sports already. The test scores keep going down, so don't use those as an aide to your decision on which school to go to. I have seen a mass exodus of founding families leave in the past year, I don't blame them. It's a horrible place to be, and I cringe knowing how many children are affected by the negative changes in the past year. Please NHA, please please fix this school. Brighton needs it desperately...

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2014
I would have to agree with one of the other ratings from the other parent. The school is good compared to most in Brighton, however it's just not the same. My daughters Math teacher was let go after it took them two months to realize he couldn't teach.

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2014
Fantastic in every way! Been there for five years and we love it and the kids love it.

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April 28, 2014
Foundations academy is a horrible school. The communication between the staff and parents is non existent! ! My child had a head injury at school and was sent to fit for life class with a possible concussion, he has a huge bump and a black eye. That is just one example of how poorly the school handles injuries. I can honestly go on and on about how terrible this school is. The parents are brain washed and the school is very dishonest! The only reaso it still has good reveiws is because the school is still new. I would never have my child attend foundations!

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2013
foundations is awesome especially our tech teacher check out our school to find out who he is -jonah s. clark

- submitted by a community member

May 20, 2013
The principal, Mr. Hammond, has put together such a great group of teachers and support staff. As a parent in the school a lot, I see how teachers work to meet the needs of all students, at every ability level. The kids are challenged and encouraged every day. Beyond academics, I love the moral focus virtues that are part of the culture of the school.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2013
We started taking our son to school at Foundations as soon as it opened in 2010. We are so happy that we did! I couldn't be happier with the decision to have my (now 3rd grader) switch to Foundations. The entire school sets high standards for the kids and expects the student to follow and live up to them as well. The parent involvement, teacher quality and principal leadership are top notch! I would highly recommend Foundations to anyone who wants their child to be pushed to the best of their ability,

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2013
I don't even know where to start! The janitors, front office staff, teachers, principal and parents all work together to make our school fantastic and a place my children love to go. Teachers truly care about our children's success, staying late to tutor, mentor and provide ideas to work on at home. Teachers go above and beyond to provide summer learning activities (art, music, physical education, technology and educational assignments to prohibit summer learning loss). Our principal is by far what motivates teachers, staff and parents be the best we can be to help our children succeed with their education and achieve their own personal goals. Parent involvement is huge at our school! We have a strong fluency program with parents who help our children weekly. The Watchdog program gets Dad's at our school to volunteer their time in the classrooms. We are lucky, thankful and grateful to have Foundations Academy in our district!

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2013
I've never come across a school that cares so much about each individual student, from deans, principle, teachers, all the way down to parent volunteers. They all work so hard to push the children to strive to be THEIR best!!

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2013
This school was a blessing to our family. The teachers go above and beyond their duty. They attend after school functions to watch their kids in sports and other activities. They take out extra time in the day to problem solve situations to make sure the kids receive the best. Some people might think that some of Mr. Hammond s ideas are old fashioned, and some might think his ideas are innovative. If there is ever a problem the teachers, deans and principal is willing to sit down and discuss it. If people are not willing to state what is wrong then nothing can be solved. My only disappointment in this school is having to move away.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2012
I couldn't ask for a better school and Joe is the best principal I have seen and really cares about the teachers and the children. As for the teachers, hats off to them. They are truly dedicated to teaching and deserve major kudos. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Any child that attends this school I have no doubt will be college bound and very successful in all things. Thank you Foundations!

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2011
We love Foundations! I have a kindergartner who loves school and I give credit to his awesome teacher, Mr. Hammond (the principle) and the whole staff. They are so focused on the students and there ability to achieve. They have a moral focus that they talk about every day and a great college focus. I volunteer 3 days a week and feel so welcome and needed to help the school succeed. Foundations is by far the best school in Brighton.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2011
This is a wonderful school. I am still amazed at the progress my son made - he went from reading 18 words a minute at the beginning of 1st grade to grade level by Christmas. The teachers really care about the students and work with all of them to ensure they do their best. I am so glad my children will be able to attend through middle school and I took the chance on a first year school. It is by far the best school in the Brighton area. Thank you Mr. Hammond and your staff for a great school year.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2011
Outstanding teachers and staff. I have never had my kids in a better school! Our kids have grown in every way with the help of Foundations. We feel so lucky to have had Foundations in our community as well because not only do they teach our children in the classroom they also teach our children to give back to the community with food and clothing drives, I love all that you to Foundations!

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2011
Amazing school! I am so sad that we will be moving out of state next year. My son was behind when he started this year and he has more than caught up. We will miss our Foundations family.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2011
Amazing school, teachers, staff and principal! My children FINALLY have an academic chance to excel and prep for college. Best school in Brighton!

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2011
My students are excelling at this school. Although a first year school, I have already seen excellent results in their academic progress, proven by both their grades and the standardized evaluations which they complete. The staff is involved, knowledgable and happy. I look forward to seeing this school grow!

- submitted by a parent

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Foundations Academy
340 South 45th Ave, Brighton, CO  80601
(303) 659-9519
Last modified Foundations Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Foundations Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top