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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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We are the original high school for the county with over 100 years of rich traditions and culture. We are a true comprehensive high school that offers every student choices. We promote Academics, Athletics and Activities. We continually score higher on assessments at the state and national levels than the averages.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
International Baccalaureate
Home of the: 
HUSKIES
Principal: Tony Kappas
Calendar: Conventional
7:40am - 2:55pm
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School At A Glance

2842 Front Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
United States
Phone: (303)387-1000
Fax: (303)387-1001
Principal Name: Tony Kappas
Mascot: HUSKIES
Strand: International Baccalaureate
School Start Time: 7:40am
School End Time: 2:55pm

School Life

School Size: 
Large
Open – Accepting students who open enroll at all grades with some exceptions. Please turn in a district open enrollment form to our counseling office through August 15, 2015.
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Accepting
Class Size Philosophy: 
Our goal is to have a student ratio of 30:1 or less. Currently our average is 26:1.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
Academic Counseling The purpose of academic counseling is to provide all students with the tools for success in the academic world. The main goal of academic counseling is to support students in acquiring the skills necessary to be lifelong learners. College & Career Counseling The purpose of college & career planning and counseling is to prepare students for their life beyond high school. This includes helping students discover the value of an education, the variety and availability of colleges and careers, and how to develop a plan of action. Personal/Social Counseling The purpose of personal/social counseling is for students to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills needed to understand and respect themselves and others in a diverse world. Mental Health Team The Douglas County High School Mental Health Team consists of a school psychologist and a school social worker who provide crisis intervention and support. The team is also available for consultation on many issues which may affect learning and school success. We consult regularly with general and special education teachers regarding students' access to learning.
Innovation Spaces
Douglas County High is currently investigating this exciting opportunity to transform our library space into a world class, interactive, digital environment.
Library Media Center
Well staffed by friendly librarians available to answer student and parent questions, in person, by phone, or email Open from 7:45 am to 3:30 pm daily; wonderful environment for learning Over 21,000 books; collaborations for classroom learning available Research databases; EasyBib Bibliography and JSTOR and digital Overdrive accounts provided free to each student Bright, colorful and large learning spaces, with 22 computers available for student use Printing and copying available...Print, first 3 pages free, after that 10 cents per page; Copy 10 cents per page Provides textbooks for students; features displays on current topics; showcases student work Participates in Colorado Blue Spruce Teen Reading program Sponsors the Douglas County High School Book Club Sponsors special school-wide learning programs; i.e., "Remembering Our Veterans" and "George Washington and Medicine."
Post Secondary Center
Douglas County High School’s post graduate center is designed to support each student and family in reaching their post graduate plans. The planning process begins their freshman year and culminates at the end of the senior year with a plan for college, technical school, military career, gap year, or direct career entry. The post graduate center provides students with the knowledge and resources needed so that each individual student feels that he or she is empowered to make an appropriate choice for his or her post graduate plans. The post graduate center provides opportunities and education to all students, parents, and families concerning college searches, admissions, financial aid, and possible scholarship opportunities. The post graduate center works closely with colleges to provide accurate information and fosters the relationship with a broad variety of colleges to be able to meet the needs of the individual student.
School Tech Center
Video Production offers students the opportunity to learn quality filming and editing. Mass Media Video production 1 introduces students digital filming and editing using industry standard programs and techniques. Students produce a variety of filming projects including PSA's, Infomercials, Silent Movies and Music Videos. Mass Media Video Production 2 advances the students production work by producing a live daily newscast. Students learn advanced filming and editing, broadcast production, and news reporting. Video 3 offers students the opportunity to write, produce, film and edit short films for contests and festivals. Daily announcements are ran through the school's live video and media class.
TV Station
Daily announcements and special events are televised live through our television and video production studio. Students who are interesting in working in this field should consider registering for classes in mass media through the performing arts department.
Resources
Advisement
Students meet every other day in homeroom. There in a 45 minute window, students develop interpersonal skills and meet educational needs. Following homeroom, students are released for the next 45 minutes to work on academics with teachers and tutors during this advisement window.
After School Tutoring
Math Lab, Writing Lab, and STAR Lab are available to students after school. During school these labs are open to students as well. Academic Assistance is offered every week for students to see teachers for assistance as needed.
Summer School
Summer school registration information can be found beginning in May from the counseling office or online at our school website.
Student Wellness
School-Level
BElieve in YOUself: Live Tobacco Free
A program that uses the curriculum developed by the American Lung Association to teach students about living tobacco free lives. It is a 10 week program that is designed for students who voluntarily want help and support to quit using tobacco products. The curriculum is being expanded to also include marijuana, but it is not complete yet. This program is offered twice a year.
Sustainability
Recycling
Currently we have a Green Team on campus. Their goal is to introduce and practice both energy sustainability and recycling.
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
Schedule: 
5-of-7 Schedule
We have a 5 of 7 schedule and run on a rotating A/B Block Schedule. On odd days we have Homeroom, where students receive a rich curriculum from Study Strategies to Resume Writing, from State iCAP requirements to Cyberbullying.
7:40am - 2:55pm
Student Dress
No uniform required, however there is an established dress code. See the school's student handbook for specifics.
Dress Code
Dress Standards Students are encouraged to dress appropriately for all school activities and to maintain a high standard of dress per the Douglas County School District policy. The following general standards are in effect: 1. Reasonable cleanliness of wearing apparel is expected as a matter of general health and welfare. 2. To avoid injury and disease, shoes, sandals or boots must be worn in the buildings. 3. Beach or swim wear and items of clothing intended to be worn while participating in athletics are inappropriate except in the gym and on athletic fields. 4. Dress will not be worn that causes or is likely to cause disruption of the educational process. This includes, but is not limited to the 4 B’s, “no butts, backs, bellies or breasts.” 5. Wearing apparel that interferes with or endangers the student while he/she is participating in classroom activities will not be worn. The decision as to the safety or unsuitability of the clothing is a matter for the instructor’s judgment. 6. Students must not wear dark glasses in the building without permission from an administrator. 7. Students must not wear hats in the building during school hours (6:45am – 4:00 pm). This includes but is not limited to bandanas, hairnets, visors, scarves, etc. Hats will be confiscated without warning and given back only after an administrator has talked with a parent/guardian. If students refuse to remove their hats, a student will be suspended from school for defiance. 8. Any manner of grooming or apparel, including clothing, backpacks, notebooks, personal belongings, jewelry, emblems, and badges which by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or other attribute is associated with or denotes membership in or affiliation with any gang will not be allowed. The prohibition on gang-related apparel shall be applied at the discretion of building-level administrators, after consultation with the superintendent or designee, as the need arises at individual schools. 9. Clothes, which display offensive words or drug/alcohol slogans/ phrases, will not be permitted. 10. Any chain that may be dangerous to the health and safety of any DCHS student and/or staff member will be confiscated. Confiscated chains will be returned to parent or guardian upon request. 11. Students who are not appropriately dressed will be asked to change clothes. Continued violations of the dress code policy will be considered as open and persistent defiance and will be dealt with appropriately. 22 12. Accessories that include, but are not limited to spiked accessories, accessories that include or resemble ammunition or a weapon of any kind (loaded or spent). 13. Masks or clown face paint which masks the identity of a student will not be allowed.
Time Allotment
Lunch: 
34 minutes for lunch
Lunches are offered in 2 groups. A lunch is from 11:09am-11:43am. B lunch is from 12:42pm-1:16pm Open Campus to sophomores-seniors
Information Technology
Currently we have approximately 500 devices in the building for students to access. These devices vary from PC's to Mac's, laptops, iPad's, Chromebooks and Dells. There is discussion to eventually move to a 1-to-1 device ratio.
Students are allowed access to our wifi system through their own devices. Our current program is a BYOD-Bring Your Own Device program.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
As we strive to deliver a World-Class Education for our students, we know allowing students to use digital tools can open more and more learning opportunities in our classrooms. That is why the District is launching an effort to allow students to use Personally Owned Devices (PODs). 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. The new initiative allows students to use devices that best fit their learning styles and that they are comfortable with. Our school, in turn, will provide access to wireless Internet connections.
Support Staff
Certified Librarian
Building Resource Teacher
Mentor Teacher
Professional Learning Specialist
Psychologist
Social Worker

Support Services

Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services Description: 
À la carte breakfast options available.
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Transportation
Transportation
Daily bus service is provided to and from schools, for field trips and special events, as well as for students with special needs. Parents who have child(ren) enrolled in Douglas County School District can search the bus route database to determine where the bus stop is located in their neighborhood and at what time the bus will arrive at the stop.

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

Ninth grade: 49% Proficient and Advanced

Tenth grade: 45% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Ninth grade: 80% Proficient and Advanced

Tenth grade: 81% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Ninth grade: 72% Proficient and Advanced

Tenth grade: 62% Proficient and Advanced

Other Assessments
AP (Advanced Placement)
AP Percentage of Students Getting 3/4/5: 
61

Parent Involvement

School Accountability Committee
-SAC members have an understanding of the school profile, to include attendance, discipline, demographics of student population, vision and mission of the school, performance on special needs, exceptional and language minority students, TCAP, Adequate Yearly Progress, and other data used by the school to determine student achievement progress. -SAC members participate in the discussion of priorities for the Unified Improvement Plan. -SAC members receive quarterly updates to discuss implementation of the school’s plan. -SAC members have an understanding of the school budget. -SAC members have opportunity to make recommendations relative to the prioritization of funds, the use of improvement funds, and to see that the budget requests are tied to student learning objectives. -SAC members receive updates on grants received as well as state and federal funds.
Frequency: 
Quarterly
Meeting: 
Meeting the 1st Monday quarterly 7:00am-8:30am in the Library