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Douglas County School District celebrates perfect ACT scores

students pose with Board of Education as they receive award for receiving perfect ACT scores

CASTLE ROCK -The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is celebrating four students who attained a perfect score on the ACT test. More than 1.9 million students take the ACT each year. Less than one percent of those students achieve a perfect score.

Congratulations to the following students who earned a perfect ACT score:

- Abigail Cousins, Rock Canyon High School
- Logan Dunn, ThunderRidge High School
- Aaron Lou, Highlands Ranch High School
- Shuee Ong, Rock Canyon High School


The ACT is often used by colleges and universities when considering applicants for the coming school year.

“I feel like a score of 36 is a pretty big achievement and it really makes the (college) application shine a little bit,” said Lou.

The average national composite score is 21. DCSD has an average composite score of 22.5.

“I feel like getting a 36 opens up a lot of doors and I’m excited,” said Cousins.

All Colorado juniors were required to take the ACT test. However, the state is transitioning to the SAT college entrance exam this school year.

November 9, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: High School Education, Schools

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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.