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A note from Miss Faye...

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Weat Brighton Academy believe that all children have unlimited potential. We understand that a child’s development needs nurturing in all aspects; physically, mentally and spiritually. We provide a wholesome environment, supportive teachers; encouragement coupled with leadership modeling and then watch our students blossom.

We feel Community involvement is an integral component of a student’s development. We encourage Entrepreneurial and real world experience by utilizing our community’s resources. Through our local businesses, our community college, our community theatre, international charities, the Grants Pass Growers Market, and the Rotary Club we give our students access to leadership opportunities. All of these components add up to a well rounded student with an impressive resume.

Our partnership with Rogue Community College is one of our most exciting programs. Once a student has a solid academic foundation and their self confidence is intact we extend the horizon for our students. We have developed a program with Rogue Community College that allows our students to earn an AA/OT (a 2 year university transferable college degree) concurrent with their high school diploma. We have found this program creates unbelievable motivation, gives our students a strong sense of accomplishment and allows them to ascertain ownership of their future. Students can participate in our college program as soon as they are ready, some as young as 7th grade.

At Brighton our number one objective is the student’s success in life, we want all our students to realize their full potential. Our program provides experiences beyond those of the normal school environment by taking our students off the sidelines and putting them in the “game.”

Warm Regards,
Faye Dawson

Our History

Brighton Academy is a private, non-profit, independent school serving Jackson and Josephine Counties in Southern Oregon. Registered as a private school with the state of Oregon and as an Oregon non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, Brighton was accredited in 2002 - 2003 by the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities and annually seeks renewal for full accreditation with Northwest Association of Accredited Schools.

Although the original school known as Evelyn Street School was established in 1985 to support a group of home-schooling parents, Brighton Academy was officially founded in 1990 with a move to its current location. In 1998 a major renovation of the campus was completed resulting in a new street front and additional classrooms. Recently, older classrooms have been remodeled. During its fifteen year history, Brighton Academy has built a reputation as an exceptional educational institution with a large percentage of its graduates achieving success in higher education or their chosen careers.

Academic School Year 2017-2018

  Open House
August 31st, 10am - 4pm
We will be having our annual Open House. It's a great opportunity to come visit with our teachers, tour the campus, sneak a peek at your classrooms, and drop off any school supplies. The front office will be open, so this would be an ideal time to set up café accounts, update registration & immunization forms, and get any other info you may need.
Hope to see you there!

First School Day
September 5th

School Hours
Monday thru Thursday

8:30am - 12 noon


8:30am - 12 noon
8:30am - 3:00pm (full day)

Elementary School
1st - 5th Grade, 8:30am - 3pm


Middle School
6th - 8th Grade, 8:30am - 3pm


High School
9th - 12th Grade, 8:30am - 3pm


Exciting Year Ahead

Extended Day Program
Loads Of fun! For only $4.00 per hour,
per child Brighton offers after school
childcare and arts & crafts!


Pre-K thru Kindergarten
12 noon to 3pm

Pre-K thru 6th Grade
3pm - 5pm


Brighton Academy F.A.Q.’s
What kind of curriculum does Brighton Academy use? 
Sonlight curriculum is the back bone of our Pre-K thru 5th grade program; it is a literature based curriculum that beautifully ties history to literature at every turn. Singapore Math, Handwriting without Tears and Alphaphonics are just a few of the programs Sonlight incorporates. By mixing in “hands on” activities we are able to strike a balance between learning and fun, creating a true discovery based academic learning environment. In our middle school and high school classes we use Prentice Hall Science and Literature, History Alive, Paso a Paso Spanish, and Glencoe Math. Our comprehensive curriculum map provides our school with a complete cohesive plan from Pre-K through 12th grade.

How many students per classroom? 
We have a 13:1 student to teacher ratio. This low ratio ensures success for every student. Most of our teachers are available after school for any needed one on one time.

Is Brighton Academy an accredited school? 
Yes, Brighton Academy is fully accredited by Northwest Accreditation Commission, NWAC a division of AdvancED.

Is Brighton a religious school? 
Brighton Academy is a non-denominational Judeo- Christian* school. We do not teach any specific religion and we firmly believe that it is the family’s responsibility to establish and maintain its own religious belief system. Brighton Academy may use biblical material for its historical content or when applicable to our curriculum.

spacer *Judeo-Christian: is a term used to describe the body of concepts and values which are thought to be held in common by Christianity and Judaism, and typically considered a fundamental basis for Western legal codes and moral values.

What is the current student population? 
127 students (grades Pre-K through 12th)

How many teachers are on staff? 
We have 10 teachers on staff in addition to 6 teacher assistants.

What kind of schedule does Brighton run?
Kindergarten and pre-K have classes Monday thru Thursday 8:30 am to 12:00. Grades 1 thru 12 have classes Monday thru Thursday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Middle school and High School students do have required classes occasionally in Fridays. Our school year starts the first week in September and ends the 1st week in June, with holiday breaks similar to the public schools.

Who owns Brighton Academy? 
Brighton Academy is a non-profit Oregon Corporation. The school is run by a Board of Directors with directors Faye Dawson and Laura Walter overseeing the daily operations.

What elective classes does Brighton offer? 
Cooking, computer, keyboarding, sewing, ceramics, video production, gardening, Spanish, music, and a theatre department. In order to bring our History and literature to life we also incorporate hands on science, relevant cooking project and coordinated arts & craft project to each era that is being studied.

Does Brighton offer tutoring services? 
If a student is behind in a subject Brighton will prescribe one-on-one tutoring at a charge of $20.00 per hour. This tutoring will continue long enough to bring the student up to class level.

What kind of testing does Brighton Academy use? 
In the 1st semester we assess all students in Math, Reading and science. This assures that they are placed in the appropriate level, and it identifies any remedial students who need tutoring. We again assess all students mid-2nd semester in Math, Reading and science, to ensure they are progressing at grade level. All other subjects have assessments built into the curriculum.
How does Brighton Academy ensure the campus is safe?
We conduct background checks on all teachers. We utilize our volunteers, in addition to our staff as campus monitors so there is constant adult supervision.

Does Brighton have any child care available on campus?
Yes we have an Extended Day Program (EDP) that is offered only to Brighton families. It runs Monday through Thursday 12 Noon to 5pm, at a charge of $4.00 per hour per child. We do not have school on Fridays.

Does Brighton Academy have a school cafeteria?
Yes, we run a café on our campus. We sell snacks and beverages at recess as well as a lunch meal. Our extended day program has access to the café as needed. The café is where we conduct our student cooking classes.

Does Brighton Academy have a sports program? 
We offer Martial Arts along with group sports in our PE program. Because we do not have an interscholastic after school sports program our students are eligible to participate in the public-school program.

Is parental involvement encouraged?  
Brighton Academy believes family involvement is an essential part of a child’s education and volunteer hours are required from all Brighton families. Since fundraising is essential, all Brighton families are required to participate in both our Jog-a-thon and our 1st semester Raffle, meeting the individual goals set.

Do students have to wear uniforms? 
No, Brighton Academy does require students to dress appropriately for school. Jeans and tasteful sweat suits are permitted. (No tummies showing, no low cut shirts, no short skirts or shorts, no spaghetti straps, no heavy make-up, no body piercings, etc.).

If I’m interested what do I next? 
We first suggest you review our parent packet (pdf) and then we encourage you to come take a tour of our campus. We also invite your child to spend a day at Brighton free of charge. Lastly you need to return the completed registration forms to our front office. Since we do have such small class sizes we highly suggest early registration to guarantee your child a spot.

Can Brighton students earn college credits?
Yes, in 2008 Brighton Academy partnered with Rogue Community College to allow Brighton students to earn university transferable college credits while on our campus. We have developed a plan for students, who are willing and able, to earn a 2 year University transferable college degree while concurrently earning their high school diploma on our campus. These are the full RCC college courses and they are either done online or on Brighton’s campus with an RCC instructor. We are able to offer these classes for an additional fee that is significantly discounted due to the Brighton RCC partnership.


Brighton Academy • 1121 NE 7th Street • Grants Pass, Oregon 97526
Office: Phone 541-474-6865 • Fax 541-474-6866

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