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Growth Success Stories in Douglas County



Growth can be hard to measure. It means different things to different people. Recently the 2017 Colorado Achievement and Growth Results were released. Growth and high performance were evident at many schools in Douglas County. How the growth happened is unique to each school. The above video shows the faces of growth and high achievement in our district.

Below is a portion of a letter from Interim Superintendent Erin Kane that highlights some of the district’s achievements.


The district as a whole, as well as all comprehensive DCSD high schools, outperformed the state on PSAT and SAT exams on math, reading and writing, and overall. Congratulations to the highest performing high schools in DCSD based on PSAT and SAT scores:


  • Rock Canyon High School

  • STEM School Highlands Ranch


  • SkyView Academy

  • PSAT

  • Mountain Vista High School

The following elementary and K-8 schools were in the top five highest-achieving in DCSD (based on the average across grades of percent met or exceeds expectations in English Language Arts and/or Math):

English Language Arts and Math

  • Parker Core Knowledge

  • Redstone Elementary

  • Stone Mountain Elementary


  • American Academy

  • Northridge Elementary

English Language Arts

  • Challenge to Excellence

  • Platte River Academy

Mountain Ridge and Rocky Heights scored at the top for neighborhood middle schools in English Language Arts and Math.



When you take your child to the pediatrician, his or her physical growth is calculated by comparing to other children of the same age and gender -- which generates a growth percentile. In Colorado, a student’s academic growth percentile is calculated by comparing that student to groups of students that are similar in age and academic ability. The state median growth percentile is about 50.

These schools saw significant increases in growth, year over year in English Language Arts and/or Math:


Growth - 2016 to 2017

English Language Arts and Math

  • Global Village Academy - Douglas County (108% increase in Math growth, 68% increase in ELA growth)

  • Meadow View Elementary (89% increase in ELA growth, 63% increase in Math growth)

  • Pioneer Elementary (85% increase in ELA growth, 67% increase in Math growth)


Growth - 2016 to 2017

English Language Arts

  • Saddle Ranch Elementary (101% increase in ELA growth)


Growth - 2016 to 2017

English Language Arts

  • Larkspur Elementary (80% increase in Math growth)


Growth Percentile 2017

These schools had a growth percentile of 70 or higher in 2017:

  • Larkspur Elementary (81 in Math, 72 in ELA)

  • Global Village Academy - Douglas County (76 in Math)

  • Sand Creek Elementary (76 in Math)

  • ThunderRidge High School (72 in Math)

  • Saddle Ranch Elementary (71 in ELA)

  • Parker Core Knowledge (70 in Math)

  • Douglas County High School (70 in Math)

  • Fox Creek Elementary School (70 in Math)

September 8, 2017 | By ccheline | Category: Board of Education, Superintendent

District News

While the holidays are often a joyous time with friends and family, we know that they can also be stressful, not just for adults, but for children too. In addition to the annual pressure of gift giving, family gathering and travel, the holidays can trigger memories of the loss of loved ones and other traumatic events.

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots.