Supporting our parents with home school options
We respect a parent's choice to educate children at home. Douglas County School District offers parents a number of home school support programs.
Every student learns differently
Some students learn best on a mountaintop, while others prefer the science lab. The Douglas County School District offers a variety of options and supports families in finding an educational program that best fits their child.
Finding the best educational fit for every student
Every student learns differently, which is why the Douglas County School District provides parents and students with many different educational choice options.
Enroll in a school that best fits your child
The Douglas County School District offers a variety of programming options, from schools that focus on sustainability to expeditionary learning. Find the school that best fits your student's needs today.
Research has identified three major learning styles: Kinesthetic, Visual and Auditory. Understanding learning styles can help to identify how best your student learns.
What learning style is my student?
Take the Learning Style Questionnaire
Below are suggestions for which programs may benefit different types of learners--but these are only suggestions. A kinesthetic learner may learn well in a program for visual learners.
REMEMBER: You know your child best.
What are the characteristics of a kinesthetic (experiential) learner?
Kinesthetic learners are students who learn best by physically experiencing what they are learning about. Sometimes kinesthetic learners need to use all five senses to explore the world. An example of kinesthetic learning is using blocks or beads to learn a math problem.
Kinesthetic programs tend to place an emphasis on projects and experiencing what is being learned. Some kinesthetic programs place an emphasis on students working together on projects.
School programs that focus on kinesthetic learners:
- Outdoors / Expeditionary
- Student-centered / Student-directed
- Project-based learning
Visual learners are students who learn best by using their eyes to absorb information. An example of visual learning is watching a demonstration or reading a book.
Visual programs tend to place an emphasis on learning through reading.
School programs that focus on visual learners:
- Online (using a computer)
- International Baccalaureate
- College prep
- Liberal arts
What are the characteristics of an auditory learner?
Auditory learners are students who learn best by hearing and absorbing information through sound. An example of auditory learning is listening to a teacher lecture.
Auditory programs tend to place an emphasis on teacher-led instruction or discussion.
School programs that focus on auditory learners:
- Core Knowledge
- College prep
- Liberal arts
Our Charter Schools
Aspen View Academy
Ben Franklin Academy
Challenge to Excellence
DCS Montessori Charter School
Global Village Academy
HOPE Online Learning Academy
North Star Academy
Parker Core Knowledge
The Charter School Process
2017 Spring Cycle Charter Applications
303-387-9545 - phone
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Notification to Home School (Letter of Intent to Home School) 2017/18
Dual Enrollment Application(Application must be approved by the school) 2017/18
Notification to Home School (Letter of Intent to Home School) 2018/19
Dual Enrollment Application(Appliction must be approved by the school) 2018/19
*DCSD does not support or endorse any of the vendors or groups listed in 101 Homeschooling Sites.
*Click Here for the Intent to Remain form (can be filed at any time)
*Click Here for the Intent to Return form (must be filed by 1/5 (1/8/18 this year due to Christmas break) to return for the following school year)
New Kindergarten parents intending to enroll in their neighborhood school do not need to open enroll. Contact your neighborhood school for more details on Kindergarten registration details.
Parents wishing to enroll their three & four year olds in district preschools do not go through open enrollment. Preschool registration will take place in early January. Follow this link for more information.