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2nd Annual Choice is for Kids Fair to bring every DCSD school under one roof

CASTLE ROCK – The Choice is For Kids Fair is an amazing opportunity for families to learn about the more than 80 schools in the Douglas County School District (DCSD).

During the event on November 12, families will have an opportunity to meet principals, staff and sometimes even students from DCSD’s neighborhood, charter, magnet and alternative schools.

“We have a lot of choice in the District,” said DCSD Choice Programming Coordinator Kristin Schmidt. “People are excited to meet and visit with teachers and administrators, and to hear what they think makes their school unique and find that perfect match for their child, whether it is the culture and climate of the school or specific programming that the schools might have. Of course, location is very important to a lot of people.”

This year’s fair is a unique opportunity for families, because it is the first time representatives from all of our schools will be brought under one roof at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock.  Last year’s fairs were held regionally and the feedback was clear—parents wanted to be able to learn about every DCSD school on one night, in one place.

“Last year we had parents attend the fair in Castle Rock that wanted to learn about Highlands Ranch,” Schmidt said. “This time they’ll be able to get it all in one place. They can see all of the charter schools and all of the neighborhood schools—whether it is the Parker area, Highlands Ranch area or Castle Rock area.”

Schmidt says many of the families, especially students who are about to transition to the middle or high school-level, used the opportunity to meet the leaders and learn about their child’s new neighborhood school.

“It provides an excellent opportunity to make connections with our neighborhood schools. Parents could hear a little bit more about what their feeder middle school and their feeder high school looks like, as well as what other options within the District look like,” Schmidt said. “I think that people were really excited to see some of the differences that were happening at each school, what makes each school unique.”

The District believes that every student is unique and the fair offers an opportunity to provide information so families can make the best educational decision for their children.

“The parents know their children best and they know what programs are going to fit best for their kiddos, so it is nice to put them out there and let the parents do a little exploring,” Schmidt said.

“I think this is a great program that gives us the opportunity to talk to the teachers and principals to see what the school is about,” DCSD parent Tina Cheng said during last year’s event. “I’m surprised to find out that there are a lot of public schools that have their own specialization, and I’m excited that we have so many choices in Douglas County Schools.”

READ MORE: Fairs provide parents opportunity to meet, learn about schools

Choice is for Kids Fair
When: November 12, 2015, 6-8pm
Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock


WATCH: Parents explore DCSD schools during the 2014 Choice is for Kids Fair




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