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High School Education

Our High Schools

Ted Knight
Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Tammy Taylor
Administrative Assistant
303-387-0067

School Leadership Administration

620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303-387-0042

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas County School District is committed to providing our students with authentic, project-based learning, allowing them to explore industries, gain real world knowledge and 21st Century Skills they’ll need to compete for the college or career of their choice.

We strive to give our students the experience they’ll need to be the best business and community leaders possible.

Career & Technical Education Page

DCSD offers the following Career & Technical Education programs:

Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE)
Agriculture Education
Automotive Technologies
Broadcast Media Production
Business Education
Catering
Digital Media Technologies
Early Childhood Education
Engineering Technologies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Fashion Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design
Marketing Education
ProStart Culinary Arts
Photography
Teacher Cadet
Technology Education
Theater Technologies
Web Technologies

Graduation from Douglas County high schools is a culminating event that results from the foundations built at the elementary and middle levels. Graduation is a collaborative effort among levels in a student’s school career. Each level of school and each staff member or parent/guardian who instructs or counsels a student shares responsibility for the ultimate ability of that student to demonstrate proficiency in the content standards and to meet the expectations for graduation. The high school diploma awarded by DCSD represents a high standard of quality in curriculum content, instruction, and student learning.
 

New Graduation Requirements - Beginning with the Class 2021

The Douglas County School District is committed to ensuring that every student is college and career ready. Beginning with the Class of 2021, students must meet four requirements in order to graduate and receive a high school diploma. 

1. Create an Academic Plan

Students will create and complete an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) and/or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that meets the District’s graduation requirements.

2. Earn 24 Credits

Students must satisfy all of the following requirements:

a. 16 Credits in the following CORE Curricular Areas as follows

  • Language Arts 4.0
  • Mathematics 3.0*
  • Science 3.0
  • Social Studies 3.0 **
  • Practical Arts 1.0
  • Fine Arts 1.0
  • Physical Education 1.0
*At least one of the three credits of mathematics must include Algebra
**At least 0.5 credits must include Civics/US Government

 

b. 8 Credits in Electives

3. Perform Community Service

Students must document a minimum of twenty hours community service while enrolled as a high school student.

4. Demonstrate competence in English and Math

Beginning with the class of 2021, in addition to satisfying the district's graduation requirements, district students will also be required to demonstrate college and career readiness via one of the approved methods outlined in the chart below in order to receive a diploma from a district school. Students must provide documentation of meeting or exceeding the required level of readiness in both Mathematics and English through one of the following:

  English Math
Accuplacer

62 on Reading Comprehension or 70 on Sentence Skills

61
ACT 18 19
ACT WorkKeys Bronze+ Bronze+
Advanced Placement 2 2
ASVAB 31 31
Concurrent Enrollment Passing Grade Passing Grade
International Baccalaureate 4 4
SAT 470 500
District Capstone* Individualized Individualized
Industry Certificate Individualized Individualized

*Under development

College and career demonstrations necessary to earn a standard high school diploma may be adjusted to accommodate English learners, gifted students and students with disabilities.

Adopted: October 18, 2016

Graduation Policies

IKF Beginning with the Class of 2012 Diploma and Graduation Requirements
IKF-R-1 Beginning with the Class of 2012 Diploma and Graduation Requirements
IKF-R-2 MS HS Credit Policy
IKF-R-3 Graduation Competencies (beginning with the Class of 2021)

IKFA Early Graduation

Process

Calendars are approved by the Board of Education as required under Colorado Revised Statutes. Schools then choose a calendar based on input from their school community and in collaboration with schools within their feeder.  Currently, there are two calendars in use:  Conventional and Modified.

The Board of Education approved six calendar options for the 2016-2017 school year following consultation with the District Accountability Committee and Student Advisory Council.  On November 18, 2015, the Board of Education approved the same six calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.  Those calendar options are posted on the right side of this page under Future Calendars.

2017-2018 School Year Calendars - Displayed by Feeder Area

Castle View HS Feeder Schools

CVHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Castle View High School

Conventional

Castle Rock Middle School

Conventional

Clear Sky Elementary

Modified

Larkspur Elementary

Conventional

Meadow View Elementary

Modified

Sedalia Elementary

Conventional

Soaring Hawk Elementary

Conventional

Chaparral HS Feeder Schools

CHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Chaparral High School

Conventional

Sierra Middle School

Conventional

Cherokee Trail Elementary

Conventional

Mammoth Heights Elementary

Conventional

Pine Grove Elementary

Conventional

Pine Lane Elementary (North and South)

Conventional

Prairie Crossing Elementary

Conventional

Douglas County HS Feeder Schools

DCHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Douglas County High School

 Conventional

Mesa Middle School

Conventional

Castle Rock Elementary

Conventional

Cherry Valley Elementary

Conventional

Flagstone Elementary

Conventional

Renaissance Magnet School

Modified

Rock Ridge Elementary

Conventional

Sage Canyon Elementary

Conventional

South Ridge Elementary

Conventional

Daniel C Oakes High School

DC Oakes Calendar

Highlands Ranch HS Feeder Schools

HRHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Highlands Ranch High School

Conventional

Cresthill Middle School

Conventional

Acres Green Elementary

Conventional

Arrowwood Elementary

Conventional

Cougar Run Elementary

Conventional

Eagle Academy (Night HS)

Eagle Academy Calendar

Eagle Ridge Elementary

Conventional

Fox Creek Elementary

Conventional

Lone Tree Elementary Magnet School

Conventional

Legend HS Feeder Schools

LHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Legend High School

Conventional

Cimarron Middle School

Conventional

Frontier Valley Elementary

Conventional

Gold Rush Elementary

Conventional

Iron Horse Elementary

Conventional

Pioneer Elementary

Conventional

Mountain Vista HS Feeder Schools

MVHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Mountain Vista High School

Conventional

Mountain Ridge Middle School

Conventional

Bear Canyon Elementary

Conventional

Copper Mesa Elementary

Conventional

Heritage Elementary

Conventional

Northridge Elementary

Conventional

Sand Creek Elementary

Conventional

Summit View Elementary

Conventional

Ponderosa HS Feeder Schools

PHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Ponderosa High School

Conventional

Sagewood Middle School

Conventional

Franktown Elementary

Conventional

Legacy Point Elementary

Conventional

Mountain View Elementary

Conventional

Northeast Elementary

Conventional

Rock Canyon HS Feeder Schools

RCHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Rock Canyon High School

Conventional

Rocky Heights Middle School

Conventional

Buffalo Ridge Elementary

Conventional

Redstone Elementary

Conventional

Timber Trail Elementary

Conventional

Wildcat Mountain Elementary

Conventional

ThunderRidge HS Feeder Schools

TRHS Feeder Schools/Programs

School's choice:

ThunderRidge High School

Conventional

Ranch View Middle School

Conventional

Coyote Creek Elementary

Conventional

Eldorado Elementary

Conventional

Plum Creek Academy

Conventional

Roxborough Primary/Intermediate Elementary

Conventional

Saddle Ranch Elementary

Conventional

Stone Mountain Elementary

Conventional

Trailblazer Elementary

Conventional

Charter Schools

Charter Schools Calendar:
   American Academy Charter School

17-18 AA Parker Calendar
17-18 Castle Pines Calendar

   Academy Charter School 17-18 ACS Calendar
   Aspen View Academy Charter School 17-18 AVA Calendar
   Ben Franklin Academy Charter School 17-18 BFA Calendar
   Challenge to Excellence Charter School 17-18 C2E Calendar
   DC Montessori Charter School 17-18 DC Montessori Calendar
   HOPE Online Co-Op HOPE SY Calendar 17-18
   North Star Academy Charter School 17-18 NSA Calendar
   Parker Core Knowledge Charter School 17-18 PCK Calendar
   Platte River Academy Charter School 17-18 PRA Calendar
   Skyview Academy Charter School 17-18 SVA Calendar
   STEM Middle/High Academy Charter School 17-18 STEM Calendar
   World Compass Academy Charter School 17-18 WCA Calendar


High School is a time of transition, growth, and exploration that helps students prepare for post-secondary education, career opportunities, and a life on their own. Our educators understand this and are committed to being responsive in meeting the needs of every student.  Communication and resolution of concerns are a priority. We believe that complaints are best handled when both sides work together to find a solution at the level closest to the situation. 

As per Policy KE: The Board believes that complaints and grievances are best handled and resolved as close to their origin as possible. Therefore, to ensure quick and effective problem solving, please channel concerns or complaints involving instruction, discipline, or learning materials as follows:

When possible, encourage your son/daughter to address the concern or solve the problem independently.
Contact the teacher directly either by phone or email.
If still unresolved contact school administration for additional assistance.

If you feel you have exhausted efforts for resolution at the school level, feel free to contact Corey Wise, the Director of High Schools.  We will work together with school personnel and your family to ensure best results for your child’s education.

Board Policy

Community Service Requirements

Through community service, students are given opportunities to become responsible citizens by helping others while learning selflessness and fostering personal growth. Every student attending a Douglas County School is required to fulfill a 20-hour community service requirement outside of their home and family environment in order to graduate. To be counted toward the graduation requirement, this service must commence after the successful completion of eighth grade.  All hours must be documented on a DCSD Community Service Form along with the Student Reflection to be processed.  Any activity that meets the DCSD Guidelines will be accepted. All hours documented will be noted on the student’s transcript.

 

Douglas County High School                                               ThunderRidge High School

Dr. Steven Fleet, Coordinator                                                  Donna Ferguson, Coordinator

steven.fleet[at]dcsdk12[dot]org                                                       donna.ferguson[at]dcsdk12[dot]org

303-387-1152                                                                           303-387-2207

Tracy Hagan, Administrative Assistant                                    Debbey Quintana, Administrative Assistant

tracy.hagan[at]dcsdk12[dot]org                                                       debbey.quintana[at]dcsdk12[dot]org

303-387-1008                                                                          303-387-2207

DCHS IB website                                                                     TRHS IB website

 

IBO Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

 

IB Learner Profile

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Programmes are offered at Douglas County High School and ThunderRidge High School.

 

There are PYP, MYP and IBDP schools in the Douglas County School District:

PYP

Rock Ridge Elementary

South Ridge Elementary

Roxborough Primary

Roxborough Intermediate

MYP

Mesa Middle School

Ranchview Middle School

IBDP

Douglas County High School

ThunderRidge High School