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Bright Academy Opens its Doors and Hearts to All

Jan 14, 2020

While every campus in Frisco ISD is special, Bright Academy is unique as a school choice that offers curriculum exclusive to the campus. Bright Academy is also the only elementary school in Frisco ISD that enrolls K-5 students regardless of where they live in the District.

Through a supportive community, Bright Academy students have experienced dinosaur bones, BMX bikers, goal setting at curriculum night, family game night, family fitness night and much more this year alone.

Bright Academy offers learning through an inquiry-based model with a curriculum that combines knowledge and skills from multiple subject areas in hands-on lessons designed to help students make connections to the real world. 

Families are invited to learn about the curriculum at Bright Academy and learn about the application process to attend the campus in the 2020-21 school year at upcoming information nights:

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020 – 6 to 7 p.m. at Trent Middle School, 13131 Coleto Creek Drive, Frisco, TX 75033 

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – 6 to 7 p.m. at Lawler Middle School, 12921 Rolater Road, Frisco, TX 75035

Bright Academy welcomes interested families for a campus tour, but they also have a virtual tour available on their website. 

Bright Academy students receive Spanish language instruction and a daily P.E. class. They also have exclusive access to the curriculum from the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme as a candidate school and Project Lead the Way Launch. At Bright, students have access to one-to-one technology, collaborative learning space and an interactive library, including a maker space. Click here to see Spanish instruction in action.

Kascie Blough teaches a fourth grade self-contained classroom and is the 2019 Bright Academy Campus Teacher of the Year. In her third year at Bright, Blough’s favorite thing about the campus is the diversity. 

“Diversity leads to richer discussion and more opportunities for shared learning and collaboration,” Blough said. “Bright is also unique in the amount of student agency that we are able to provide.  

“Students have the opportunity to explore topics they are interested in, in ways that they enjoy learning and share their new learning to audiences in several different formats. The kids are met at their level, and it creates an environment where everyone can be successful and celebrated.” 

The campus’ transdisciplinary approach emphasizes in-depth, collaborative inquiry and essential skills such as critical and creative thinking, communication and problem-solving. All students gain an increased awareness of global issues, languages and cultures and participate in engaging inquiry-based learning.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath visited the campus this past fall to see Bright Academy in action. Click here to see the Socratic seminar he observed.

In addition to the exclusive curriculum, Bright teachers participate in professional enrichment specially designed to meet the needs of the campus. Teachers meet “vertically” to ensure curriculum content crossover from grade to grade and subject to subject. 

Bright’s mission is “Our Bright community will empower our student leaders to ensure they are prepared for successful futures.”

"The campus feels like family. When you walk in, you can feel the warmth,” said Board Trustee Debbie Gillespie. “Going to Bright is an opportunity for everyone and we are proud of this campus at the heart of our District.”

“This is truly a community and environment that you will not find anywhere else,” said Kascie Blough. 

Click here to learn about the Frisco ISD schools of choice, including Bright Academy. 

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