Discovery Program

The Douglas County School District Discovery Program is designed to meet the needs of gifted elementary school students (2nd to 6th grade) who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school programming.

We are currently accepting applications for placement into the Discovery Program for the 2020-2021 school year, please read and complete all portions of the application found on the links below:

Application Overview

In District- Elementary Discovery Program Application 2020-2021
(For students currently in DCSD)

Out of District- Elementary Discovery Program Application 2020-2021
(For students currently out of DCSD)

Homeschool- Elementary Discovery Program Application 2020-2021
(For students currently homeschooling)

To learn more about the Discovery Program click on the link below.

2019-2020 Discovery Program Information Night

2019-2020 Noches Informativas del Programa Discovery


** All application online forms and documents must be completed and received by November 22, 2019**


The Elementary Discovery Program is located at the following magnet sites:  

Northridge Elementary
555 Southpark Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
303-387-6525

Pine Lane Elementary South (K-3) 
6475 E. Ponderosa Dr. 
Parker, CO 80138 
303-387-8325

Pine Lane Elementary North (4-6) 
6485 E. Ponderosa Dr.
Parker, CO 80138 
303-387-8275

Renaissance ELOB Magnet Elementary 
3960 Trail Boss Lane
Castle Rock, CO 80104
303-387-8000

Identification Process

Due to the intensive nature of the Discovery Program, a body of evidence is needed to determine
the best match between student and programming. Information considered must include
documented cognitive ability, additional standardized testing, progress reports, student, parent,
and teacher input.

Three major criteria for placement are:

  • Advanced intellectual/cognitive ability
  • Classroom performance above grade level in at least one content area
  • No below grade level performance in any content area. Multiple criteria will be considered in the identification process that gives evidence of the best match between student academic need and the rigorous environment of the program. 

While every effort is made to assign students to the site in their feeder area and closest to their neighborhood school, assignments may be offered based on space availability.

Note: The Discovery Program could be relocated to other sites due to the needs of the District.

NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE: The Douglas County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment of, or employment in educational programs or activities. The School District’s Compliance Officer is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 303-387-0067. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. 

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Douglas County School District Nondiscrimination Notice: The Douglas County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment of, or employment in educational programs or activities. The School District’s Compliance Officer is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 303-387-0067. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public.