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Open enrollment: a big piece of the pie in Douglas County schools

CASTLE ROCK – A new report shows that more than a quarter of the students in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) have chosen their own learning environment through open enrollment.
According to the report created by the Choice Programming department - of the District’s 68,850 students - 18,850 are open enrolled at a school of their choosing, or 27.4 percent.
DCSD’s neighborhood schools still remain the overwhelming choice for most families. Eighty-one percent of all students attend a neighborhood school, but approximately a tenth (5,284) of those have open enrolled, selecting a neighborhood school other than the one geographically assigned by the District.
As you may know, feeder boundaries determine which elementary, middle and high schools students will attend, unless a family chooses to open enroll. Colorado law allows students to attend any public school of their choice, as long as there is space available. 
The report shows that DCSD parents take advantage of the many choice offerings within the District, including charter schools, which enroll about 13 percent of DCSD students. In most cases, charter students are selected by lottery.
DCSD believes that empowering families to find the best learning environment for their students results in the maximum opportunity for success for those children.


October 28, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category:

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.