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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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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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Daniel C Oakes High School

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Daniel C. Oakes is an alternative high school that saves lives. At least that is what parents and students have told us for the last 28 years. Oakes, as those who are fortunate enough to be a part of the community affectionately call it, is a school where students re-learn how to love learning. We ask three things of our students: be here, participate as a positive member of our community, and earn good grades. The key to our success is that Daniel C. Oakes is a school of choice. Students are not placed here because they are broken, but rather choose to walk through our doors because they want to reignite their love of learning. One of the many ways we create community is through our outdoor education program. Whether it is floating through Labyrinth Canyon in Southeastern Utah, helping maintain the Colorado Trail or attending the Denver March Powwow, the outdoor education program provides students with world class learning opportunities that extend far beyond the traditional classroom.

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School at a Glance
Home of the: 
Phoenix
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-0650
Principal: Derek Fleshman
7:30am - 2:30pm
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School At A Glance

961 Plum Creek Blvd.
Castle Rock, CO 80104-2788
United States
Phone: (303)387-0650
Fax: (303)387-0651
Principal Name: Derek Fleshman
Mascot: Phoenix
School Start Time: 7:30am
School End Time: 2:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Small
All students who wish to attend Daniel C. Oakes must first apply to the school. When the application has been sent in a student may set up a time for an entrance test. The tests are offered Mon - Fri 7:30 - 10:30 and 12:30 - 2:00. Students should plan on the testing to take at least 2 hours. The next step in the process is an interview with a staff member which is scheduled on set Friday afternoons only. The interview process is used to ensure that the student understands our definition of community and school of choice as well as our attendance and grading policies. Students may attend the interview with a parent, but it is the student who is interviewed, not the parent. After this process, all information is reviewed by our principal and registrar to determine a start date. We enroll quarterly, but we do not always guarantee an opening in the next quarter.
Placement Only
Open Enrollment Status: By Referral
Admission Criteria
Our students must be at least 16 years old and have attended at-least 1 year at a traditional high school. Potential students must pass our entrance test with at least 7th grade level in Reading, Grammar and Math. An interview process is required as well.
Class Size Philosophy: 
Daniel C. Oakes has a research based student to instructor ratio of 12 - 1.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
Garden
Post Secondary Center
Resources
Advisement
After School Tutoring
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
LGBTQ Training
Harassment Prevention Training
Transgender Training
Messaging Campaigns
Sources of Strength
Sustainability
Energy Conservation
Recycling
Quick Facts
School Type: 
D.C. Oakes follows a year-round calendar. We begin our year in July and end in May with a four-quarter school calendar. Our quarters are 9-weeks in length and breaks are generally 3 weeks long. We graduate students at the end of each quarter and have our official graduation ceremony in December and May. Our breaks offer an opportunity for students to earn extra Elective credit by participating in Outdoor Education courses, so many of our students literally earn credit all year!
Calendar: Other
7:30am - 2:30pm
Time Allotment
Lunch: 
40 Minutes
D.C. Oakes has an open campus policy
Information Technology
Students at Daniel C. Oakes have a 1:1 ratio.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
Support Staff
Mentor Teacher
Professional Learning Specialist
Psychologist

Support Services

Transportation
Transportation
Students are responsible for transportation to and from school. A bus can be arranged from Parker to D.C. Oakes and is limited to the traditional school calendar year.

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.

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Tenth grade: 0% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Tenth grade: 25% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Tenth grade: 0% Proficient and Advanced

State Resources
School Performance Rating: 
Alternative Education Campus: Performance

Parent Involvement

Frequency: 
Quarterly