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American Academy breaks ground for new campus in Parker

American Academy, a charter public school with a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focus, as well as visual and performing arts programming and character development programming, broke ground on its third campus on November 30. The new American Academy – Lincoln Meadows campus, the school’s second campus located Parker, will be built near the intersection of Lincoln Meadows Parkway and Twenty Mile Road in Parker and is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2017.

The Lincoln Meadows campus will initially serve preschool (KindiePrep) and Kindergarten through sixth grade students, but will ultimately expand to include seventh and eighth grades in the following years as students move up through middle school.

“We are looking forward to responding to the strong parent demand and serving more Parker and Douglas County students on our waitlist with the new Lincoln Meadows campus,” says American Academy Board of Directors President, Alison Rausch. “Parker is a beautiful town with wonderful families and we are thrilled to be able to include more of them in our American Academy family.”

The school offers a STEM focus with daily science and regular STEM programming throughout the year. Middle school students additionally participate in Engineering Academy, a program designed to teach students specific and relevant engineering using real-world project challenges. The school’s extensive arts program includes an integrated visual arts and performing arts curriculum with a wide variety of extracurricular offerings, including instrumental, theater, vocal, and dance, and multiple school-wide performance opportunities. In addition to offering a strong academic and arts program, American Academy takes character development very seriously and has developed a character program of its own to support that goal.

“We want to grow students with strong character, the kind of students who will be able to communicate and use their knowledge and those skills in a respectful and responsible manner out in the world,” adds Acting Executive Director of Schools, Amanda Lane-Cline.

Families may add themselves to the American Academy waitlist at any time. The lottery for 2016-2017 enrollment at the American Academy – Lincoln Meadows campus, along with the Castle Pines and Motsenbocker campuses, took place on Monday, December 5. For more information about the school, please call 720-292-5200 or visit their website at To get an inside look, you can follow the school on Facebook at

December 8, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Choice Programming

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.