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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. Each of our schools provides programming for high-ability learners through a variety of programing practices, including curriculum compacting, content acceleration, and flexible and cluster grouping. For students whose needs are more intensive than can be met in the traditional classroom setting, the District offers the center-based Discovery Program.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the Gifted & Talented pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-and-talented.

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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. English learners are served through a variety of programming options based on their individual learning needs. Practices include collaboration, coaching, co-teaching, and direct English language development and content instruction.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the English Language Development pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/English-Language-Development.

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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners, including those who have Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plans.

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

If you believe your student may require additional support, begin by speaking to a teacher or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Special Education department by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/special-education.

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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. Each of our schools provides programming for high-ability learners through a variety of programing practices, including curriculum compacting, content acceleration, and flexible and cluster grouping. For students whose needs are more intensive than can be met in the traditional classroom setting, the District offers the center-based Discovery Program.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the Gifted & Talented pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-and-talented.

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English Language Development

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers a English Language Development program.

All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners. English learners are served through a variety of programming options based on their individual learning needs. Practices include collaboration, coaching, co-teaching, and direct English language development and content instruction.

We encourage parents to begin by talking to your teachers or principal. For families new to our district, we encourage you to explore the English Language Development pages on the DCSD website https://www.dcsdk12.org/English-Language-Development.

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Literacy InterventionLiteracy Intervention

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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners.

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You can learn more about DCSD’s Literacy Intervention programming by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/educational-programming-and-services/literacy-in....

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Special Education

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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners, including those who have Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plans.

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

If you believe your student may require additional support, begin by speaking to a teacher or principal.

You can learn more about DCSD’s Special Education department by visiting https://www.dcsdk12.org/special-education.

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Acres Green Elementary School

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We are a Leader in Me school, teach Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to our staff, students and community. We are dedicated to creating leaders one child at a time... At Acres Green Elementary, we promote a physically and emotionally safe environment. We believe in educating the whole child. We value diversity, creativity, and individuality.

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School at a Glance
Home of the: 
Panther
Principal: Gina Smith
Calendar: Conventional
8:35am - 3:30pm
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School At A Glance

13524 North Acres Green Drive
Littleton, CO 80124
United States
Phone: (303)387-7125
Fax: (303)387-7126
Principal Name: Gina Smith
Mascot: Panther
School Start Time: 8:35am
School End Time: 3:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Large
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Limited
Class Size Philosophy: 
Our philosophy continues to be that small class sizes are the most beneficial for student success. We try to keep class sizes in the primary grades (K, 1st, and 2nd) as small as possible, with the addition of extra support for the foundational skills of those students.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
The Wellness Department Champions coordinated to promote the academic, social, and emotional health of our students in their school and community. Our part-time school counselor is available to students in general education from Kindergarten through 6th grade. Our school psychologist provides mental health services for students in the Special Education Program as well as students in the Discovery Program. They work together to plan for and support all students at AGE.
Garden
One of the student leadership teams at Acres Green Elementary is in charge of the school garden. Multiple raised plant beds are located between two of the mobile classrooms on the east side of the building.
Innovation Spaces
Our library has been transformed into a Learning Commons. This innovative space houses all of the books that are available to check out, but is also used in multiple ways. It is used for research, as a community building space, and as a resource room. It has writing/journalism corners, a video recording "studio" with a green screen, has comfortable seating, and "theHUB" (a creative computer location). Students and classes use the space in a variety of ways, everything from assigned lesson times to individuals and/or small groups coming in at random times during the day to classrooms/grade levels reserving the room for special events. It also includes 2 Makers' Spaces.
Library Media Center
Our library has been transformed into a Learning Commons. This innovative space houses all of the books that are available to check out, but is also used in multiple ways. It is used for research, as a community building space, and as a resource room. It has writing/journalism corners, a video recording "studio" with a green screen, has comfortable seating, and "theHUB" (a creative computer location). Students and classes use the space in a variety of ways, everything from assigned lesson times to individuals and/or small groups coming in at random times during the day to classrooms/grade levels reserving the room for special events. It also includes 2 Makers' Spaces.
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Douglas County Outdoor Education Center
Full-Day Kindergarten
Acres Green Elementary provides 2 Full Day Kindergarten classes available for an additional fee to our families.
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Implemented Student Wellness & Prevention Framework
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
Sustainability
Recycling
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
8:35am - 3:30pm
Student Dress
Dress Code
All clothing must fit and be worn properly. All clothing must be appropriate for school. Revealing or tight-fitting materials/apparel are not appropriate. Pajamas are not allowed. Undergarments must not be visible.
Time Allotment
Daily, students have lunch and recess in the middle of the day. Lunch is 20 minutes and Recess is an additional 20 minute break. Grade levels have lunch and recess together and are supervised by Educational Assistants.
Information Technology
Kindergarten ratio is approximately 1 device for every student. 1st - 6th Grade ratio is approximately 1 device for every 6 students. Discovery ratio is approximately 1 device for every 2 students. In addition to the devices in the classroom, we have 5 chromebook carts circulating throughout the building. Each cart houses 30 chromebooks. These carts are checked out frequently by teachers to enrich their instruction.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
District provides firewall protection to provide safe internet content to students.Student assumes responsibility for proper care and maintenance of the device, both at school and en route to/from home. Student agrees to follow Internet User Agreement and abide by the Student Code of Conduct. This device meets the specifications for Wireless Access Use as defined by the District's POD guidelines. Minimum Requirements for a Personally Owned Device: Browser Minimum FireFox, Safari, Google Chrome Up-to-date Anti-Virus Software on the device. Wireless Card Support "WPA2 Enterprise" (Wireless Security) Operating System Minimum Macintosh 10.4.11 (Possible Cert Needed), 10.5.8, 10.6.6, 10.7.x PC Systems Windows XP SP3 or Newer (No Starter Editions) Linux Kernel 2.6 or later Mobile Devices Apple IOS 3.2 or later Android Donut or Later.
Support Staff
Certified Librarian
Building Resource Teacher
Professional Learning Specialist
Psychologist

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
We serve children and parents by providing a safe, enriching, and affordable school-age child care program. Children who participate in our programs acquire the knowledge and abilities to make educated choices concerning their social, emotional, and physical health, while learning principles of respect, integrity, honesty, and responsibility. By doing this, we provide a quality service for our families that is financially solvent and sustainable.
Accredited
We have an AM/PM Kindergarten option, as well as two full-day classes. All of our Kindergarten classes use a Reggio Emilia Approach, which assumes that people form their personality during early years of development and that children are endowed with many innate abilities. The goal of this approach is to teach students to make these natural skills useful in everyday life. The program is based on exploration and discovery in a respectful, responsible, and enriching community based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum. The Kindergarten classrooms were remodeled in August of 2014.
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Transportation
Transportation
Four buses transport students to and from school daily. Bus service is also available for field trips and special events, as well as for students with special needs. Daily bus riders use the ZPass card to pay for their one-way rides. Bus services for field trips/special events are paid for in addition to the actual activity fee.

Personalized Learning

Meeting the Unique Needs of All Learners

The Douglas County School District is dedicated to serving a full continuum of learners, where students feel safe, valued and connected in order to reach their highest potential.

English Language Development

ESL specialists and content teachers make instructional decisions to ensure that English Language development and content learning occurs throughout the school day.

Gifted and Talented

Gifted education contact will collaborate and/or consult with classroom teachers to appropriately extend the content for identified gifted learners.

Literacy Intervention

Content teachers and literacy interventionists collaborate to provide specialized reading and writing support.

Health Services

Providing for the needs of students with an emphasis on those with health challenges, so that all students have an equal opportunity to excel.

In a multi-tiered system of support, Health Services provides:

  • Medical training and support to school personnel
  • Prevention efforts for communicable diseases
  • Advocacy for students with health concerns
  • Implementation of accommodations so students can focus on learning, including case management for students with intensive care needs

School nurses are healthcare connectors who keep students in classrooms, ready to learn.

Special Education

Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services. Itinerant services include mental health, speech-language, behavior support team, autism assessment and training team, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology, vision, deaf hard of hearing, and audiology.

Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism. Center-based programming is designed to enable students to build the skills required to access and make progress in the general curriculum/environment to the fullest extent possible.

Personalized Learning
Center-Based Special Ed Program
Discovery
Reading Recovery

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 82% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 85% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 67% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 80% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 74% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 85% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 87% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 58% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 49% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 60% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 69% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

Average Annual Volunteer Hours Donated: 
80
School Accountability Committee
The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes.
SAC Chairperson: Deborah O'Dell
Frequency: 
Quarterly
Meeting: 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.,
Parent Teacher Organization
The Acres Green Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is the PRIMARY fundraising body and each year we raise over $65,000, which is used to support the needs of the students at AGE.
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly
PTO: Meeting Times: 
1st Tuesday of each Month