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DCSD accepting applications for Choice Grant Pilot Program

CASTLE ROCK – Applications are now being accepted for the Choice Grant Program, which was approved by the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education in March.

The program is a revised version of the Choice Scholarship Pilot Program, which would have allowed a relatively small number of DCSD students to receive a scholarship to attend a private school.

While the Colorado Supreme Court ruled last fall that public money cannot be used to pay for private schools, it also opened the door for DCSD students and parents to be able to use a portion of DCSD per pupil revenue to offset the costs of non-religious private schools.

READ MORE: DCSD disagrees with the Colorado Supreme Court’s holding, and has appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

The revised program, now called the Choice Grant Pilot Program, will serve 500 DCSD students, providing their families a grant that can be used to offset the cost of non-religious private schools. 


  • Students who are Douglas County residents and who attended a DCSD school in the prior year are eligible to apply for the grant.
  • Any non-religious, non-online or home-based private school is eligible to apply to become a partner school.

DCSD will review applications from private school partners to determine whether they qualify for the program based on financial, academic and other criteria.

The grant amount payable to parents equals 85% of Per Pupil Revenue as received by the District.

The Choice Grant program is limited to 500 students. In the event that the number of applicants exceeds 500 a lottery will be conducted to select grant recipients.


The Choice Grant application is available to student applicants on the DCSD website at


DEADLINE: Applications for the school year 2016-17 must be received by June 15.


May 26, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category:

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Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

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“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”