CDE Recognizes DCSD Schools

CDE Recognizes DCSD Schools for Academic Excellence
Posted on 05/07/2024
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is recognizing several Douglas County School District schools for high academic achievement.

The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award is given to schools demonstrating exceptional student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools "exceed" expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and "meet or exceed" expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.

The John Irwin Schools of Excellence awards recognize schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Framework, reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.

Finally, the National Blue Ribbon award recognizes schools with high academic outcomes. Schools must also demonstrate efforts to close the achievement gap between some groups of students.

Congratulations to the following DCSD schools:

Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award (exceptional student growth)
  1. American Academy
  2. Coyote Creek Elementary School
  3. Flagstone Elementary School
  4. Heritage Elementary School
  5. Lone Tree Elementary
  6. Redstone Elementary School
  7. Saddle Ranch Elementary School
  8. Sage Canyon Elementary
  9. Sand Creek Elementary School
  10. Stone Mountain Elementary

John Irwin Schools of Excellence (exceptional academic achievement)
  1. Academy Charter School
  2. American Academy
  3. Bear Canyon Elementary School
  4. Ben Franklin Academy
  5. Buffalo Ridge Elementary School
  6. Challenge To Excellence Charter School
  7. Cherry Valley Elementary School
  8. Copper Mesa Elementary School
  9. Coyote Creek Elementary School
  10. Eagle Ridge Elementary School
  11. Eldorado Elementary School
  12. Flagstone Elementary School
  13. Franktown Elementary School
  14. Gold Rush Elementary
  15. Heritage Elementary School
  16. Lone Tree Elementary
  17. Mountain Ridge Middle School
  18. Mountain View Elementary
  19. North Star Academy
  20. Northeast Elementary School
  21. Northridge Elementary School
  22. Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
  23. Platte River Academy
  24. Ranch View Middle School
  25. Redstone Elementary School
  26. Renaissance Secondary School
  27. Rock Canyon High School
  28. Rocky Heights Middle School
  29. Saddle Ranch Elementary School
  30. Sand Creek Elementary School
  31. STEM School Highlands Ranch
  32. Stone Mountain Elementary
  33. Summit View Elementary School
  34. Timber Trail Elementary School
  35. Wildcat Mountain Elementary School

National Blue Ribbon Award
  1. Parker Core Knowledge Charter School

These schools were also honored at the State of DCSD event held on May 2, 2024 at the Legacy Campus. 
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