Fairs provide parents opportunity to meet, learn about schools
It is not too late to take part! Choice is For Kids Fairs continue through Thursday
PARKER – Principals and representatives from schools throughout the Douglas County School District met and answered questions from parents during the Choice is For Kids Fairs this week. The Fairs continue through Thursday.
The series of regional fairs was designed to provide families with an opportunity to learn about the schools in their area, including the educational programs and extra-curricular activities they offer.
“I think it’s great, they pretty much have a table for every school here and we’ve had an opportunity to speak with people from those schools who were able to speak intelligently about the questions we had for them,” said DCSD Parent Alison Fall.
“Everyone had flyers as takeaways but they were also able to answer any questions that we had regarding grade level specific questions and curriculum questions.”
“I think this is a great program that gives us the opportunity to talk to the teachers and principals to see what the school is about,” added DCSD parent Tina Cheng. “I’m surprised to find out that there’s a lot of public schools that has their own specialization and I’m excited that we have so many choices in Douglas County Schools.”
Over the course of the evening, parents had the chance to explore the differences amongst the schools in their region, including neighborhood, magnet and charter options. Roxborough Intermediate Principal Jennifer Murtha welcomes the opportunity to talk to parents, especially those who are geographically assigned to her neighborhood school.
“If anything, it solidifies what their neighborhood school can give to their child that they didn’t even know before,” Murtha explained. “We hope parents choose their neighborhood school because it’s the right choice for their child not just because it’s in their neighborhood.”
The goal of the fairs is to empower parents to find the best educational fit for their student, by informing them about all of the learning opportunities in the District.
“The way we know it’s a success is from parents coming, meeting principals, meeting teachers and walking away with the information they needed to make the perfect choice for their children,” explained DCSD Director of Student and Parent Choice Tom Mcmillen.
Monday’s fair was held at Ranch View Middle School and focused on western Highlands Ranch. On Tuesday the focus shifted to Parker schools at Sierra Middle School. Wednesday, the eastern part of Highlands Ranch was showcased. Our final fair was held in Castle Rock on Thursday, October 30.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FAIRS: www.dcsdk12.org/choice-programming/school-choice-fairs
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOICE IN DCSD: www.dcsdk12.org/district/choice