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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

Kim working with a student

The award wasn't a surprise to anyone at Rocky Heights Middle School except for Kim Chlumsky herself.




Banner displayed on a brick wall that says "What are your Sources of Strength?"

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders. Additionally, Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives.


Cohl in Athens at World Championship game, holding a large American flag over his head

Ponderosa High School student and wrestler Cohlton Schultz has just returned back from Athens, Greece to Colorado after becoming the first United States World Champion in 20 years in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Ponderosa Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Tim Ottman led a 30-minute assembly Wednesday for Cohl, joined by Cohl’s parents, his coaches from the Olympic Training Center, his former Ponderosa wrestling coach (and current Assistant Principal) Corey McNellis, and current wrestling coach Tito Rinaldis.