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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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Plum Creek Academy

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Plum Creek Academy is a special education program that has been meeting the needs of students in the Douglas County School District since 1993. We deliver specialized instruction in two unique programs. The Serious Emotional Disability (SED) programs offers services for students who educational disabilities deny them access to or progress in the general curriculum that is offered in the neighborhood school environment. The Dual Diagnosis Progr (DD) offers services for students who experience cognitive impairment with co-occurring emotional and behavioral disabilities. Both programs at Plum Creek ACademy may also serve as an interim placement for students transitioning from residential treatment centers or hospital settings back to the school district. Plum Creek Academy provides a high level of mental health services and an aligned curriculum aimed at stabilizing students emotionally and academically.

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9340 Commerce Center Street
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
United States
Phone: (720)433-0030
Principal Name: Mary Page
Mascot: Bulldog
School Start Time: 7:35am
School End Time: 2:30pm

School Life

School Size: 
Small
Plum Creek Academy affords students a low student to staff ratio and a significantly smaller school environment to meet their individualized needs. The Serious Emotional Disabilities (SED) Program is targeted for high school aged students, while the Dual Diagnosis Program (DD) currently services secondary aged students.
Placement Only
Open Enrollment Status: By Referral
Admission Criteria
Enrollment happens through an IEP placement decision. Students are co-enrolled with their neighborhood high school. Plum Creek Academy is a secondary enrollment.
Class Size Philosophy: 
Plum Creek Academy affords students small class sizes with a supportive student-to-teacher ratio where Educational Assistances are utilized to support behavior, academics and sensory needs.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
Plum Creek Academy's mental health team plays a vital role in the programming offered at Plum Creek. Each student has an assigned mental health provider with whom they may meet on an individual and small group basis for support and intervention. The mental health team provides direct instruction in Affective Skills to all students, symptom specific assistance to targeted groups, and quality assessment services which are designed to measure and minimize risk within our school community. The Affective Skills classes earn students credits towards graduation.
Post Secondary Center
Plum Creek Academy offers Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE) classes, Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities, Educational and Workforce Readiness exploration experiences, IEP specific transition services and post-graduate counseling and resources. Students in the Dual Diagnosis program experience opportunities to interact with people, resources, and services in their community. Community based instruction provides students exposure to environments beyond the school building that provide an extension of traditional classroom learning and helps students generalize their new skills in preparation for transition.
Resources
Summer School
Plum Creek Academy services students in the Douglas County School District's Extended School Year summer program as per the IEP process.
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Messaging Campaigns
Sources of Strength
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
7:35am - 2:30pm
Student Dress
Dress Code
Plum Creek Academy follows the district policy for dress code.
Time Allotment
Students at Plum Creek Academy eat lunch in the school cafeteria. To create a safe and supportive school environment, Plum Creek Academy staff and administration have regular interactions with students throughout the lunch period.

Support Services

Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
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Transportation
Transportation
Plum Creek Academy provides transportation to all students through the IEP process.

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.

Parent Involvement

Plum Creek Academy has partnered with Thunder Ridge High School to establish a peer internship program called Student Assist Program. Students from Thunder Ridge High School earn credit as they build relationships with and a develop a deep understanding of students in the Dual Diagnosis Program. The Student Assist Program is aimed at providing Dual Diagnosis students the opportunity to generalize social skills that support positive transitions. This program also helps Thunder Ridge students with integrating cultural experience from the perspectives of multiple views into their own education and in demonstrating the ability to justify and defend proposed actions and advocacy for action or change.