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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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