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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

You have indicated that your student may require literacy support.

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

We encourage parents to begin by talking to their teachers or principal.

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

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers special education services.

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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Gifted & Talented

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers gifted & talented programming.

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

You have indicated that your student may require literacy support.

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

We encourage parents to begin by talking to their teachers or principal.

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

You have indicated that your student may require a school that offers special education services.

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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Buffalo Ridge Elementary School

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We are a school that is committed to giving your child a 21st Century education. Our staff at BRE consists of highly educated teachers who are constantly working on furthering their education to deliver a quality education that will prepare students for the demands of the ever changing world. Along with a dedicated support staff, we promote the rights and safety of all students, teachers, staff, and parents. At BRE we encourage students to take responsibility for their own actions. BRE prohibits all forms of discrimination, intolerance, disruptive and offensive conduct. Our policies apply to all students while they are on the school premises, representing the school off campus, or attending a school function.

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School at a Glance
Home of the: 
Buffalo
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-5577
Principal: John Veit
Calendar: Conventional
8:30am - 3:30pm
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School At A Glance

7075 North Shoreham Drive
Castle Pines, CO 80108
United States
Phone: (303)387-5575
Fax: (303)387-5576
Principal Name: John Veit
Mascot: Buffalo
School Start Time: 8:30am
School End Time: 3:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Medium
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Limited
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Garden
The Community Garden is an area for students to work and learn. The garden is being setup to be an outdoor classroom so teachers and students have a place to work outside, participate and observe in the growth of the garden and be available for anyone to come and use the space outside of the school day.
Innovation Spaces
The Learning Commons at BRE is a transformation from our previous school library to one that offers both print and digital resources; areas for collaboration and creation; a flexible schedule; a video recording area; a makers space; a large screen monitor; a place to connect with global experts for real world experiences and a learning environment that fosters inquiry, critical thinking and technology integration. The Learning Commons is staffed with a teacher-librarian and support staff to assist students and staff. It is a comfortable gathering space for students, where there is a constant "buzz" of activity. Students use the Learning Commons to brainstorm, learn and create. Students are able to direct their own learning utilizing the resources, technology equipment, a multitude of research options and space for work to be done either individually or collaboratively.
Library Media Center
The Learning Commons at BRE is a transformation from our previous school library to one that offers both print and digital resources; areas for collaboration and creation; a flexible schedule; a video recording area; a makers space; a large screen monitor; a place to connect with global experts for real world experiences and a learning environment that fosters inquiry, critical thinking and technology integration. The Learning Commons is staffed with a teacher-librarian and support staff to assist students and staff. It is a comfortable gathering space for students, where there is a constant "buzz" of activity. Students use the Learning Commons to brainstorm, learn and create. Students are able to direct their own learning utilizing the resources, technology equipment, a multitude of research options and space for work to be done either individually or collaboratively.
Tech Lab
BRE has three technology labs including a main lab with thirty desktop computers and two other labs with twenty-seven computers. In addition, students have access to four Chromebook carts, one laptop cart and iPads in every classroom. These dedicated lab spaces are used for integrated instruction where a technology resource teacher works collaboratively with the classroom teacher to engage students in innovative learning activities using technology tools and applications aligned with curricular grade level expectations.
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Douglas County Outdoor Education Center
Full-Day Kindergarten
We offer 2 sessions of full day Kindergarten.
Student Wellness
School-Level
Health Team 4 is a student group led by a small group of teachers with the mission to promote health and well-being throughout the school. Health Team 4, a group of 4th graders, are student leaders and fostering healthy living by providing several learning opportunities throughout the school. Students are teaching and modeling brain breaks within the classroom and leading health activities during recess.
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
Recycling
Green Team leads fun environmental projects at school and in the community. We focus on recycling, energy use, and the waste in the lunch room, as well as raising awareness on environmental issues. Our first goal is to have a "Zero Waste Lunchroom," so we'll be researching ways to help our classmates throw less away each day!
Zero Waste Initiatives
Green Team leads fun environmental projects at school and in the community. We focus on recycling, energy use, and the waste in the lunch room, as well as raising awareness on environmental issues. Our first goal is to have a "Zero Waste Lunchroom," so we'll be researching ways to help our classmates throw less away each day!
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
8:30am - 3:30pm
Student Dress
1. Dresses/skirts/shorts must be at least fingertip length when the arms are straight down at sides. We ask that girls wear shorts under skirts and dresses to help with modesty while sitting on the floor and at recess. 2. Clothing must not have any rips/cuts. 3. All shirts/tank tops must have 3 adult finger width straps or must be covered with a sweater or jacket at all times. No off the shoulder tops. A decent coverage of the body is expected. Halter tops, spaghetti strap tops, muscle shirts, bare midriffs, net shirts, swimsuits, etc. are for a more casual time and are not worn to school. 4. No low cut/revealing tops of any kind, midriffs are not to be showing. 5. No clothing that suggests obscene gestures, pictures, wording and/or drugs, alcohol, the occult, or gangs will be permitted. 6. Dress appropriately for outdoor recess. Children will not be allowed to go back into the building for coats. 7. Winter gear must be worn in order to play on the snow covered field (snow pants, snow boots, jacket, gloves/mittens, hats). 8. Hats are not to be worn in the building unless it is "Spirit Hat Day”. 9. Wheeled shoes, tap shoes, cleats or bare feet are not allowed. 10. Tennis/athletic shoes are required for P.E. class. 11. No apparel, hairstyle or makeup which is deemed disruptive to the educational process will be allowed. No rings, bracelets, or chains which may be considered a safety hazard or used as a weapon will be allowed. 12. A letter will be sent home for the parent(s) to sign for the first dress code infraction. The next time your student has a dress code issue, the parent will need to provide a new outfit for their child to wear for the day.
Time Allotment
Lunch: 
20 Minutes Daily
Students have a 40 minute time for recess and lunch together. Our students have recess prior to lunch.
Information Technology
Buffalo Ridge is a 1 to 1 technology school. We have an iPad for every student in kindergarten and first grade. Second grade has both iPads and Chromebooks. Every student in third, fourth and fifth grade have their own Chromebook to use in class, all day.
Students have access to a variety of devices including iPads, Chromebooks and computers to use both in classrooms and technology labs.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
As we strive to deliver a World-Class Education for our students, we believe that allowing students to use digital tools can open more learning opportunities in our classrooms. That is why the District is allowing students to use Personally Owned Devices (P.O.D.s). The goal is to leverage these devices, so that students have access to learning applications and online information throughout the school day, not just when they are in a computer lab or when using school-owned devices. Any student, grades 3-5, who would like to bring a P.O.D to BRE must complete the online permission form and turn in the POD Waiver to their classroom teacher. For more information, please view the presentation on P.O.D.s located on the BRE homepage.
Support Staff
Certified Librarian
Psychologist

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
Promoting the safety, well-being, and development of every child while partnering with schools and community to be the best choice for families.
BASE Kindergarten Enrichment
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Transportation
Transportation
Bussing is available for families that live in the areas designated by district transportation to receive services. Information regarding bussing can be found on the district website at https://www.dcsdk12.org/transportation

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

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 93% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 93% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 90% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 89% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 90% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 81% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 79% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 79% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

School Accountability Committee
The Buffalo Ridge Accountability Committee is comprised of parents, business leaders and community members from our surrounding area. The committee is charged with advising the Principal and the administration team on decisions that effect the students and overall culture and climate of Buffalo Ridge Elementary School.
Parent Teacher Organization
The BREA is comprised of parent volunteers who oversee fundraising and school spirit. They work closely with the school principal and staff and provide a parent voice for the school community.
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly