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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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Northridge Elementary School

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Northridge Elementary is an academically high-performing neighborhood school that serves students from Kindergarten through 6th grade. We have a “no excuses” attitude toward our responsibility for providing a challenging, exciting, and safe school experience for our students. Our staff and families honor the development of the whole child and value choice, diversity and balance in all things. We pride ourselves in providing a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) model, a unique variety of specials classes and many extracurricular student activities before and after school. Our parent community is actively involved with volunteering through participation on committees, support in the classrooms, organizing school events and various other opportunities to serve. We hope that each child's learning experience at Northridge is one that allows them to understand who they are as a learner and develop life skills that will benefit them socially, emotionally and academically as they continue learning and grow into responsible citizens.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
STEAM
Home of the: 
Pronghorns
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-6527
Principal: Katie Lynch
Calendar: Conventional
8:35am - 3:30pm
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School At A Glance

555 South Park Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
United States
Phone: (303)387-6525
Fax: (303)387-6526
Principal Name: Katie Lynch
Mascot: Pronghorns
Strand: STEAM
School Start Time: 8:35am
School End Time: 3:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Large
Our school serves students from Kindergarten through 6th grade and additionally houses the site for the Gifted and Talented (GT) Discovery Program for the Mountain Vista Feeder Area. All applications for the Gifted and Talented Discovery Program need to be submitted through the district GT office. At this time, Northridge does not have any preschool programming available.
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Limited
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
Northridge has a mental health staff member (school psychologist or school social worker) on site each day of the week to support both individuals and student groups.
Garden
Northridge houses a school community garden that is maintained by the students as part of their learning in the classroom and within their health class activities.
Innovation Spaces
At Northridge, there is a learning commons space that is shared to accommodate student learning that focuses on the 4Cs: collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication. The learning commons space is made up of the library, the technology lab, and the think tank.
Library Media Center
In addition to being part of the learning commons area, the school library is used for book checkout and research materials both electronically and in paper format.
School Tech Center
The Think Tank at Northridge is used for our specials technology classes that focuses on engineering, robotics and innovation.
Tech Lab
We have one traditional lab where students learn computer basics and how to use a wide variety of programs for different purposes. Our Think Tank is an area where students are able to be creative and innovative while they create projects through challenges or from their own ideas.
Resources
Full-Day Kindergarten
Sustainability
Recycling
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
8:35am - 3:30pm
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
200 minutes - Monthly
Students have Art for 40 minutes per day for 5 days every 4 weeks. Additional before/after school clubs are also available. * Our half day Kindergarten students are on a modified specials schedule.
Lunch: 
20 minutes
Each student has the option to order lunch daily or to bring a home lunch. Lunch accounts are maintained through Nutrition Services on the DCSD website.
Music Allotment: 
200 minutes - Monthly
Students have music for 40 minutes per day for 5 days every 4 weeks. Band is offered for students in 5th & 6th grades. Orchestra is offered before/after school. * Our half day Kindergarten students are on a modified specials schedule.
Physical Education Allotment: 
200 minutes - Monthly
Students have PE for 40 minutes per day for 5 days every 4 weeks. Our students participate in an additional 200 minutes per month of Health class which also incorporates movement activities. * Our half day Kindergarten students are on a modified specials schedule.
Recess: 
40 minutes
Technology Allotment: 
200 minutes - Monthly
Information Technology
Northridge has a variety of technology resources available for the students to utilize, including Mac & Dell computers, ChromeBooks, iPads & iPad minis, Touchscreen PCs and iPod Touchs.
School-wide, we have a ratio of 1 device per 2 students, however, we utilize a technology checkout system that allows whole classrooms to have 1 device per student as needed.
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
We allow students to use personal devices as technology resources.
Support Staff
Building Resource Teacher
Professional Learning Specialist
The PLS serves as a teacher mentor and coach throughout the school year, in addition to providing differentiated professional development opportunities for the teachers.
Psychologist
Social Worker

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
The Speedsters program is available to all children who attend Northridge Elementary School grades Kindergarten through 6th. We offer half-day Kindergarten Enrichment as well as before and after school programs. We also have a full-day program available to the kids who are on break (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer). Our goal here at Northridge is to offer an enriching atmosphere to school aged children that ensures safety while keeping the kids engaged in an exciting and fun environment. Keeping all of this balanced with plenty of social interaction allows children to make daily choices that help encourage life-long development.
Accredited
To be eligible for kindergarten, your child must be five years of age on or before October 1st of the new school year. Visit the Registration Link on the NRE website for more information and required forms.
BASE Kindergarten Enrichment
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Each student has the option to order lunch daily or to bring a home lunch. Lunch accounts are maintained through Nutrition Services on the DCSD website.
Transportation
Transportation
Bus service is available to our school for a fee, if you live within the Northridge school boundaries. Information about bus fees, applications and routes can be found on the DCSD website either under "T" for Transportation or "Z" for Zpass.

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
Discovery

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 85% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 90% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 84% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 68% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 91% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 89% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 67% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 83% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 87% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 88% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

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 process. All meetings are open to the public.
Frequency: 
Monthly
Meeting: 
7:30am on the 2nd Friday of the month
Parent Teacher Association
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) PTA is the Northridge parent group responsible for coordinating fundraising efforts and community relations. Northridge has been able to install audio enhancements systems in every classroom from funds generated by PTA. We have also been able to hire highly qualified tutors to work with students needing small group assistance to overcome learning hurdles. The PTA board meets monthly to discuss the needs of the school and develop strategies to supplement our operating budget in ways that benefit students and teachers. The faculty, staff and administration can not thank the PTA partners enough for their contributions to our school.
PTA: Meeting Times: 
2:15pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly