Choice Programming

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Mackenzie Khan Kristin Schmidt
Director of Choice Programming                            Coordinator, Choice Programming
303-387-0091                                                              303-387-9506

Suzy McDaniel                                                           Kristin Wagner
Administrative Assistant                                            Home Education
303-387-0231                                                              303-387-9545

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Open enrollment is now closed

If you are open enrolled at a neighborhood school or attend a charter but would like to return for the next school year to the school associated with your address, you must file and Intent to return form by January 5, 2021

 

Parent Empowerment Through Choice

The Douglas County School District embraces parent and student choice by offering a wide variety of pathways to learning, including neighborhood schools, charter, magnet, and online schools and home education options.

Public School Open Enrollment

Open enrollment policies provide increased education options within traditional public schooling. Open enrollment allows parents to select the best public schools for their children, regardless of where those schools are located. This means that parents can choose any public school within the District on a space-available basis.

Public Charter Schools

Charter schools are independent tuition-free public schools that are allowed to be innovative, while being held strictly accountable for improving student achievement. Charter schools are always public schools and are always tuition-free. Charter schools are governed by independent boards of directors that are responsible for maintaining a commitment to the mission and vision of the school, as well as financial and operational accountability to the District. Charter schools are open to all students within the district, but each charter has its own enrollment process, which may include a lottery for available seats.

Public Magnet Schools

Magnet schools are public schools that are operated by the District. Magnet schools are tuition-free public schools that have a focused theme and aligned curriculum such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Fine and Performing Arts, Expeditionary Learning or International Baccalaureate.

Virtual Schools and Online Learning

Virtual schools are Internet-based academies that teach students entirely or primarily through a rigorous online curriculum. These schools can be district-run public schools or public charter schools. In some cases, online learning is combined with traditional, in-classroom education, called “blended learning.” Publicly-operated virtual schools hold children to the same academic standards and requirements as traditional public schools.

Homeschooling and Homeschooling Support

Homeschooling is the process of parents being the primary educators of their children in the home. Douglas County has five different options for home-based education of children, including full-time home education, dual enrollment, home education support, full time online enrollment, and part-time online courses.

 

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 303-387-0067. Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.