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Gifted & Talented

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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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DCS Montessori is the Standard of Excellence in Montessori Education. DCS Montessori is committed to preparing students for the journey ahead, equipping them to meet life’s challenges with a spirit of exploration, self-discovery, independence and delight. Montessori education is based on the psychological characteristics and needs of the ever-developing child. Recognizing the learning styles of children from preschool through middle school, our curriculum is designed to meet our students at every stage of development. We adhere to the “Follow the Child” concept, where instruction is provided following the child’s developmental abilities. Children are instructed in large and small group lessons, as well as individual lessons, but the emphasis is an individually paced education. Independence is fostered through an environment where student choice and control is respected, where students have freedoms with responsibility. There is a focus on cooperative learning, as children learn from their peers, growing self-confidence and social skills. Montessori materials are designed to address the specific learning styles, and to provide error control in order for students to learn from their own mistakes rather than only at the directive of a teacher; this explains the concept of Montessori teachers being more guides than teachers, and where students are empowered to learn by doing it for themselves.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Montessori
Home of the: 
Cougars
Attendance Line: 
(720) 531-3313
Principal: Jeromy Johnson
Calendar: Conventional
8:30am - 3:20pm
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School At A Glance

311 Castle Pines Parkway
Castle Pines, CO 80108
United States
Phone: (720)531-3311
Fax: (720)710-9971
Principal Name: Jeromy Johnson
Mascot: Cougars
Strand: Montessori
School Start Time: 8:30am
School End Time: 3:20pm

School Life

School Size: 
Small
To apply: Lottery Applications are available at our school and on our website. Please read the all the information on the Application form and follow all instructions. The deadline for submitting applications is typically in December (the specific date is on the application.) The Lottery: Our school uses an annual lottery system for accepting new students. We collect all applications until the due date listed on the Application Form. We then randomly sequence the applications. Our next step is to survey our current students to ascertain who will be returning so that we may fill the vacancies left by those students who are not returning. Our vacancies will be filled using the following priority system:  All students will be admitted through a lottery process. Lottery information can be found on our website. All current DCSM students maintain their enrollment. The lottery process fills vacancies. For students in the lottery, preference will be given in certain situations. You can find this information on our website at http://dcsmontessori.org/admissions/application-process/
Open Enrollment Status: Lottery
Class Size Philosophy: 
29 students per Preschool-Kindergarten classroom at a 10:1 student to staff ratio (3 staff per classroom); 28 students per Elementary classroom at 14:1 student to staff ratio (2 staff per classroom); Middle School 70 students with 5 teaching staff for a 14:1 student to staff ratio.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Garden
Library Media Center
Schoolyard Habitat
4+ acres of natural area, known as our outdoor classroom for environmental studies.
Tech Lab
Resources
After School Tutoring
Parents arrange one-on-one tutoring for a fee.
Full-Day Preschool
BASE Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten
Summer School
All but two weeks are are filled with Summer Camps to keep your students engaged (tuition applies)
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
Integrated Bully-Proofing.
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
We encourage Biking and Walking to and from school. Parents simply need to sign a permission slip to allow students to leave campus independently if walking or biking home.
Composting
We compost.
Recycling
Our school recycles paper, plastic and aluminum.
Quick Facts
School Type: 
DCS Montessori School is a public Charter school, located in Douglas County, Colorado, which implements the Montessori philosophy of education. The school opened in the fall of 1997 with approximately 130 students. In the fall of 2000, we opened our new school building on 10 acres of land in Castle Pines North. We are currently a school of approximately 540 students, ages three to fourteen, our Primary and Elementary students are housed in a 50,000 square foot facility that provides ample space for indoor and outdoor education and play. Our Middle School students have their own building on our property. This facility was completed in 2014 and was designed to facilitate the best of Montessori Middle School curriculum. DCS Montessori offers an authentic Montessori curriculum for children from age 3 through eighth grade. Multi-age classrooms, with children acting as both students and teachers, fostering a close-knit community where children learn to respect themselves, others, and the environment. Children progress at their own pace, mastering a set progression of skills and learning objectives. This self-paced curriculum with traditional Montessori materials encourages independence, problem solving and a lifelong love of learning. Historically, Montessori elementary students do well compared to their elementary school peers. Montessori schools are academically high-rated schools, and DCS Montessori plans to continue this tradition.
Calendar: Conventional
8:30am - 3:20pm
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
45 min. weekly
Lunch: 
30 min.
Students may purchase a school lunch or bring a lunch from home. Students eat lunch in their classrooms, but may occasionally invite friends from other classrooms to join them.
Music Allotment: 
45 min. weekly
Physical Education Allotment: 
45 min. weekly
Recess: 
30 min.
Information Technology
At the Middle School Level, we have a BYOD Initiative (Bring Your Own Device). Technology is taught and integrated into all Elementary classrooms, ratios increasing with age.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
At Middle School Level only.
Support Staff
Certified Librarian
Building Resource Teacher
Psychologist

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
We offer Before School, Extended Day Care and After School Care programs. For details, please visit: http://dcsmontessori.org/admissions/child-care/
Accredited
Our program is State Accredited.
Nutrition Services
DCSD Nutrition Services provides Lunch at our school on a daily basis.

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

Third grade: 100% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 85% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 71% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 57% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 92% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 87% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 92% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 100% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 94% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 100% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 71% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 75% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 82% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Seventh grade: 94% Proficient and Advanced

Eighth grade: 79% Proficient and Advanced

State Resources
School Performance Rating: 
Performance

Parent Involvement

Volunteer time depends on parent availability. Volunteer Parents are contributing at our school every day.
School Accountability Committee
The purpose of the School Accountability Committee (SAC) is to inform, to encourage, and provide opportunities for parents and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. The SAC assists the head of school in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives that guide the growth and improvement of the DCS Montessori’s efforts toward achieving overall academic excellence. The Council also works to provide a balance between the requirements mandated by the State of Colorado and Douglas County School District, and the special endeavors of our school to provide a unique, rich learning environment that embodies the teachings of the Montessori Method.