School District 27J celebrates state student achievement ratings showing growth

  • By Brighton EDC
  • 07 Mar, 2017

3rd high school & new elementary being built

It’s an exciting time in School District 27J. The district is celebrating the results from the Colorado Department of Education’s release of school and district accountability ratings. For the first time since the state began administering the ratings in 2010, the district has no traditional-enrollment schools on Priority Improvement or Turnaround status.

In state performance ratings, 11 district schools and five 27J charter schools received the Performance rating category, which is the highest among the four standardized test ratings.

Kindergarten reading scores have also increased due to a new reading curriculum called Superkids being taught in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. 27J teachers and literacy coaches credit a 44 percent increase in kindergarten reading scores to the new reading program.

The district has recently added more educational options to meet the learning needs of students. This year, a school for gifted and talented students opened for grades K-5 at Pennock Elementary. Called Achieve Institute, the program is now offered as a school-within-a-school program. Achieve Institute will expand into middle school for sixth grade next year at Vikan Middle School.

Also, high school students can earn college credit while taking concurrent courses during high school. Some high school classes for college credit are taken at the high schools, while other 27J students attend college classes at Front Range Community College in Brighton.

School District 27J is also partnering with parents, community members and staff members for a discussion about funding for education as state funds are being cut. A 25-member committee is meeting through April to study and evaluate a potential mill levy override question on the November 2017 ballot.

Thanks to voters, a $248 million bond was approved in 2015. The bond will fund upgrades at schools and allow for the construction of four new schools in the district. 27J will construct two new elementary schools, a new middle school and a high school with bond funds.

Two schools are already under construction. Reunion Elementary School is being constructed in the Reunion neighborhood in Commerce City. That school is planned to open in August. A third comprehensive high school for the district broke ground last summer. The high school is now under construction and scheduled to open in fall 2018.

Another elementary school is planned to be built and open in fall 2020 in Brighton Crossings neighborhood, near Bridge Street and 50th Avenue. The land has been purchased for a site to construct Middle School No. 5. This school is planned to open in fall 2020.

For more information about School District 27J, visit or email . If you have other questions about the district, call 303-655-2900.

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