The school implemented Crew two years ago as a component of Expeditionary Learning. During this daily 30 minute circle time, character traits and conflict resolution strategies are explicitly taught and practiced. Over time, Crew has helped facilitate a culture of increased respect, kindness and honesty.
Brighten Academy is an atmosphere of learning. Teachers, administrators, staff and students strive to learn and improve in an environment that supports creativity and critical thinking. In no way is the school perfect, but they work to support each other to excel. The best interest of the students is considered in every decision made.
My children attend Brighten Academy. The education is good for elementary students,however,the middle school is small and the test scores are very low in math for middle school students. The school does NOT have a playground for the kids yet, so they play on an open field. Also, the director of the school should really reinforce the uniform policy, starting with her own children. Some of the students at Brighten come to school not in dress code., for example, the shirt is baggy/ faded, shoes are multicolored/bright colored. The students may be wearing the uniform colors, but some of them look very sloppy this includes elementary and middle school students. All students should look "uniformed." There is favoritism at the school amongst staff children,I have seen it first hand. The school does ask for money seems like every month, and it will drive you crazy but they are a charter school, and they require that you pay for your child to participate in field day at the end of the year,or they can't participate. Field day is FREE at other schools.
I have been thankful for the relationships that I have built with other parents at Brighten Academy over the past 2 years, but the school overall has not been amazing nor anything close to what I expected. Some of the teachers are disorganized, lack communication skills and the favortism is BEYOND obvious. Little African American boys are treated very differently. It seems like they expect the worst from them, so they automatically receive discipline referrals and notes home for EVERY LITTLE THING, sometimes I even got notes home for what my child pretended or looked like he was going to do. Administration picks and chooses who rules will be enforced for. I have been belittled on numerous occasions by the staff. However other children with extreme discipline issues go under the radar. I LOVE the first grade team, especially Mrs. Andrade, but 2nd grade.... forget it, unless you want teachers who yell, scream and make your child feel like they aren't good enough. The grading is very subjective as well. There is no clear cut formula or mathematical equations to calculate grades. My son went from making low grades (based on the teachers opinion of him) to making straight As at his new school and receiving all kinds of awards and accolades from his teacher. Many have asked me my opinion about Brighten and if they should send their kids there, my answer has been and will continue to be absolutely not, unless you are ok with the things previously mentioned or for into their social clique. Since switching to a public school, we have been world's happier and stress free. My kids said they don't miss the school at all, only their friends.
They need MALE ADMINISTRATORS at the school., they have all female administrators. It would be great if the students could see a man walking through the school other than three male teachers. Also, there is favoritism amongst some of the staff and their children. Favoritism with teachers and some of the staff members children. Also, some students get discipline referrals while others slide under the radar.
My child has attended this school for several years. They are very good on educating in math, language arts and some science but lack in other areas. The uniform code is not enforced with some, but overly enforced with others; the same goes with the discipline code and the tardy policy. They do have their favorites and they do not hide it. In the younger grades you are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and the teachers welcome you, but the older they get they less they want you in their classroom and prefer your money and sweat for your 20 hrs in volunteer credit, if you work fulltime you can forget it. Single parent doesn't change your hours either. Because of a lack of funding they ask you for money on a regular basis and you are pressured to give it. I would equate it to a percentage of private school tution without signing a contract. After school activities are accompanied by a month my fee. They do currently have a sports programs are developing the fields on their new property. The art, band, and Spanish programs have improved bc of the additional space. The middle school is still somewhat sheltered but it is a charter school.