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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A

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The mission of Brighten Academy is to provide a productive learning environment with a highly qualified staff committed to using an innovative, research-based instructional model that produces measured growth in every student every year. Brighten Academy, the charter school in the Douglas County School System, serves students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Students must apply for admission and are selected via lottery if applications exceed the number of seats available. Brighten Academy offers a rigorous curriculum that exceeds the standards set by the state. In 2018, Brighten Academy earned the EL Education Credential. The hallmark of EL Education’s approach to reinventing school is an expanded definition of student achievement that combines student character and high-quality work with mastery of knowledge and skills. Brighten Academy also offers a variety of extracurricular activities in areas ranging from athletics to fine arts.

Brighten Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
54%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$53,276
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,043
National
$949
Median Home Value
$165,400
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
802
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
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    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    19:1
    National
    17:1
    Average Teacher Salary
    $57,614
    Teachers in First/Second Year
    7.1%
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    Brighten just does things differently. Mastery takes a minute to get if you are used to traditional grade and teaching. But it makes so much sense. The Crew mentality teaches respect and reaches beyond the classroom—includes the parents, making it an energetic, STRONG community that is incomparable in Douglas County. The teaching style fosters critical thinking, lots of conversation. Kindergarteners and 1st graders reading—chapter books in instances. The social media campaign with the parents is really amazing. Very good behavior overall with kids, though more toughness would make me happier with problem children. The principal is a former salutatorian of Douglas County Highschool. Her standards are high and she is compassionate and passionate. Like in all places, there is room for improvement, but I have to say there is something special going on there.
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    The atmosphere at Brighten is unlike any school in the area. Teachers have high expectations, and the students rise to the occasion. We thoroughly enjoy being part of the Brighten crew!
    I attended Brighten Academy from the first grade until the eighth grade and received a first rate education from an assembly of highly qualified staff members that prepared me for a life time of learning. I am now preparing to receive my bachelors degree from Wake Forest university and it is all thanks to my wonderful experiences received through this institution. Gratias Tibi Brighten Academy.