2015-16 Schedule Changes
High Schools: Brighton and Prairie View high schools will move to a split schedule beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Under the new schedule, high school students will attend school in overlapping shifts. The daily schedule will be from 7 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. with freshmen and sophomore students starting at an earlier time and juniors and seniors arriving later. Both high schools will offer specific schedule details through their websites as well as at upcoming parent-teacher conferences and eighth-grade check-it-out nights. High school students and staff will no longer have Early Release Wednesdays but, in an effort to preserve valuable staff professional development time, students will not have classes the second Wednesday of each month from September through April. The 27J Transportation Department will offer multiple morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off times for bus-riding high school students. Breakfast and lunch service will continue to be offered to students. This split schedule will be in place for a minimum of four to five school years.
Middle Schools: No planned changes for the 2015-16 school year. However, due to overcrowding at Prairie View Middle School, incoming PVMS sixth-grade students will have a limited opportunity to open enroll at Stuart Middle School in Commerce City. Transportation will be provided for these students to Stuart through the eighth grade.
Elementary School: No planned changes for the 2015-16 school year.
2016-17 Schedule Changes
High Schools: Brighton and Prairie View high schools will continue to operate in split schedule format.
Middle Schools: No planned changes for the 2016-17 at this time.
Elementary School: No planned changes for the 2016-17 school year.
It is important to note that while there are no additional changes planned for the 2016-17 school schedule at this time, there are a number of factors that can cause changes, including the speed of new housing development and enrollment growth. School District 27J has built a draft four-track year-round calendar that could be implemented at elementary schools in a high growth area, on an as-needed basis. Please click on the link below to view this calendar. We will be adding additional information soon on how this calendar would function.
These changes and proposed schedule changes are based on School District 27J's continued enrollment growth. Faced with a school capacity problem, especially at the high school level, School District 27J hired an independent consultant in 2014 to explore other options for School District 27J including alternative schedule opportunities.
The School Facilities and Capital Contingency Plan was written by Western Demographics, a group of independent experts who help school districts manage crowding issues. The district has seen steady sustained growth for more than 10 years. This growth forced the district to close open enrollment to out-of-district students at four schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Enrollment growth is expected to accelerate to a rate of 600 to 1,000 students per year over the next five years.
Based on School District 27J's unsuccessful 2014 bond election, which would have alleviated district overcrowding with the construction of a third district high school, two new elementary schools and the completion of construction on an existing elementary school, the district is now moving forward with the implementation of this plan. School District 27J is now considering the possibility of a 2015 bond election to address these same needs. A final decision will be made by the School District 27J Board of Education.