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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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Rock Canyon High School

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Rock Canyon High School is a comprehensive high school in Highlands Ranch that serves approximately 2000 students. We are consistently ranked in the top ten of all high schools in the state of Colorado and as the top of 9 high schools in Douglas County School District. We believe in fostering excellence in Academics, Activities and Athletics. Our strong reputation is the result of a dedicated staff, student and parent community. One week a year the efforts of this community come together to support a student dealing with a life-threatening illness. This week is known as Wish Week and to date Rock Canyon holds the national record for raising the most money for The Make a Wish Foundation in a single week. 2014 was no exception- we raised over $72,000. Our arts programs are exceptional and our students within these programs have received much recognition for their talents and hard work. Our newspaper and yearbook have one multiple local and national recognitions for the excellent work they produce. Our athletic teams have captured numerous league and state titles. While it is easy to list off the many successes we have had, it is important to recognize that we are most concerned with ensuring our students can successfully attend the college, university or post-graduate option of their choice and find success. The success of any school can most accurately be described through the success of their alumni. The class of 2014 was awarded over eleven million dollars in scholarship funding and our graduates are attending colleges and universities in 42 of the 50 states. Many of our alumni have begun to enter nearly every area of the workforce successfully. We pride ourselves on preparing students for a successful future of their choice.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
STEM
Home of the: 
Jaguar
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-3002
Principal: Andy Abner
Calendar: Conventional
7:40am - 2:50pm
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School At A Glance

5810 Mcarthur Ranch Road
Littleton, CO 80124
United States
Phone: (303)387-3000
Fax: (303)387-3001
Principal Name: Andy Abner
Mascot: Jaguar
Strand: STEM
School Start Time: 7:40am
School End Time: 2:50pm

School Life

School Size: 
Large
Rock Canyon is a very competitive school to receive enrollment. We receive over 200 applications annually for open-enrollment.
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Not Currently Accepting
Class Size Philosophy: 
We try to keep all classes at 30 students per class.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Counseling Center
https://sites.google.com/a/dcsdk12.org/rchs/counseling
Library Media Center
https://sites.google.com/a/dcsdk12.org/library/
Post Secondary Center
https://sites.google.com/a/dcsdk12.org/rchs/counseling/post-grad
School Tech Center
TV Station
https://sites.google.com/a/dcsdk12.org/rchs/home/rc-media
Resources
Advisement
Advisement meets twice a week and we utilize this time to cover a variety of topics and to lead a variety of initiatives that may not be conducive in other classrooms. Examples include character education, college planning, career exploration etc. We also utilize this time to complete administrative tasks in an effort to minimize instructional disruptions in other classes. Examples include registration for classes, survey's etc.
Summer School
RCHS offers a variety of online and traditional classes for summer school. Summer school is for credit recovery only and classes are developed based on student interest.
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Messaging Campaigns
Sources of Strength
RCHS is very proud to offer a robust Sources of Strength program. For more information on Sources of Strength please visit. http://sourcesofstrength.org
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
7:40am - 2:50pm
Time Allotment
50 minutes of lunch per day. A variety of on campus offerings. 10th-12th grades may leave campus for lunch.
Information Technology
Rock Canyon high school is a 1:1 high school. Our goal is for every student to have access to the appropriate technology to enhance the learning experience and to access 21st century tools for production.
Device Allowance: 
Chromebook, Macbook, Lap-top PC, tablet
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
Yes. In the 2014-15 school year, we will move to a 1:1 program for incoming freshman.
Support Staff
Certified Librarian
Mentor Teacher
Every new teacher is paired with a veteran teacher as a mentor for their first year at RCHS.
Professional Learning Specialist
Our Professional Learning Specialist is an instructional coach who spends the majority of time working with new teachers and coaching them on best educational practices in planning, assessment and instruction.
Psychologist
Licensed and experienced School Psychologist who is dedicated solely to the students and staff of RCHS.
Social Worker
Licensed and experienced School Social Worker who is dedicated solely to the students and staff of RCHS.

Support Services

Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services Description: 
À la carte options available
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Transportation
Transportation
Standard busing from feeder area neighborhoods

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: 62% Proficient and Advanced

Tenth grade: 49% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Ninth grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Tenth grade: 87% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Ninth grade: 78% Proficient and Advanced

Tenth grade: 70% Proficient and Advanced

Other Assessments
AP (Advanced Placement)
AP Percentage of Students Getting 3/4/5: 
76

Parent Involvement

Average Annual Volunteer Hours Donated: 
1,000
If you would like more information on volunteering at RCHS please contact Karen.Brankin@dcsdk12.org
School Accountability Committee
The Rock Canyon High School Accountability Committee is comprised of parents, business leaders and community members from our surrounding area. This committee is charged with advising the Principal and the administration team on decisions that effect the students and overall culture and climate of Rock Canyon High School. This committee meets quarterly at a minimum and may call additional meetings as necessary. All parents are welcome to attend and offer input into these meetings. The goal of this committee is to provide input into decisions that foster highest quality education for the students we serve.
SAC Chairperson: Meg Masten
Frequency: 
Quarterly
Meeting: 
Quaterly first meeting of the 15-16 school year is September 22nd at 4pm in the Library. We will set additional dates at this time.