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Hundreds gather to get first glimpse inside World Compass Academy

CASTLE ROCK – School doesn’t officially start for students at World Compass Academy until Monday, August 24, but eight days early a crowd gathered to celebrate the school’s grand opening and to get a sneak peak inside.

“We are delighted to have you here to celebrate the grand opening of a long-awaited World Compass Academy,” said Jennifer Williams, who serves as the Chair of World Compass’ Marketing & Events Committee. “Thank you all for coming. Without you, this school would not be.”

The charter school will initially serve preschool through fifth-grade students and grow to a preschool through eighth-grade school over the next four years.

“We are here today to celebrate the dedication of thousands of hours that volunteers and supporters have worked, to bring a truly innovative and one-of-a-kind choice to Castle Rock and Douglas County, Colorado,” said Williams said.

Some families eagerly waited for their chance to get a tour of the brand new school. Once inside children and adults alike peeked around every corner—looking into classrooms and the soon-to-be-completed gymnasium/cafeteria.

“I believe that it is every parent’s dream to find an educational home for their children that will inspire and challenge them to go anywhere and do anything. I think that World Compass Academy will be that home,” said World Compass Academy Principal Jim McDevitt.

“World Compass Academy is committed to engaging and inspiring learners in a safe, challenging and individualized learning environment, which cultivates and fosters character, a life long love of learning and skills to engage in the global community,” added Williams.
World Compass Academy is one of two Douglas County School District (DCSD) charter schools opening this fall. The other, Global Village Academy in Parker, will hold its grand opening on Saturday August 22, 2015.

Castle Rock Mayor Paul Donahue welcomed the school, saying that it will provide classroom capacity as the town grows.

“We are so excited to see World Compass Academy open up,” Donahue said. “We are also excited about the choice that it will allow parents to have and that the parents get an option of looking at where to send their kids to school. I believe that this is a wonderful choice for parents to look at.”

Before participating in the ribbon cutting, Principal McDevitt reflected on this momentousness of the occasion.

“I hope you will enjoy your visit to the school today and that you remember this moment,” McDevitt said. “Students, years from now, maybe you’ll have graduated from high school or college, you’ll be able to look back at this school and say you played an important part in creating a school that is not just the best in the world, but a school that is best for the world.”

READ MORE: World Compass Academy sets course for Fall 2015 opening

August 20, 2015 | By rmbarber | 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.