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Revamped school choice web tool begins to take shape

CASTLE ROCK – The Douglas County School District is working to revamp its School Choice Selector Tool, so that it better serves parents in learning about the school options in their neighborhood or across the District. The new tool, which is yet to be named, will be launched in the next few weeks.

The web tool is being designed to inform people moving into the District, as well as those that want to find the best possible fit for their children, about DCSD’s many amazing schools. The goal is to not only give parents the school’s contact information, but provide a glimpse at the culture and educational opportunities that are specifically provided at each school.

For instance, some schools integrate sustainability efforts, school gardens or technology into the daily activities at the school, while others have chosen unique ways, like International Baccalaureate or Artful Learning, to deliver the District’s World Class curriculum. DCSD is dedicated to making it easy for parents to understand what each school offers, so that they can find an educational environment where their children will not only succeed, but flourish.

“The intent of the Choice emphasis in the District is to give parents and students as many options as they can avail themselves of, so each student can find the exact right fit in terms of the educational options that are available to students and parents,” explained DCSD Director of Student and Parent Choice Tom McMillen. “It is not a one size fits all. It is a way to enable and empower parents to have the best educational opportunity for their individual child.”

The tool will provide parents with in-depth information about each DCSD school, including the academic and extra-curricular opportunities offered. There are also videos to provide them with a taste of what the school is like. Families will be able to contrast their favorite options and then reach out to their favorite schools for visits.

October 21, 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.