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Six DCSD High Schools Make Newsweek’s Top High Schools List

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Six Douglas County School District (DCSD) high schools made Newsweek’s top high schools list. The DCSD schools rank in the top 40 high schools in Colorado and the top 1,500 in the nation.

Rock Canyon High School, Douglas County High School, Thunder Ridge High School, Chaparral High School, Ponderosa High School, and Highlands Ranch High School made the list.  For the full list and related content, check out Newsweek’s 2013 high school rankings at

October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

District News

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.