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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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Sand Creek Elementary School

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Sand Creek Elementary is a comprehensive neighborhood school that values development of the whole child. Our school community is made up of not only those who attend our school but extends to the members of our neighborhood and parents. It is through collaboration with all of our stakeholders that we will be successful!

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Design Thinking
STEM
Home of the: 
Eagles
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-6602
Principal: Philip Ranford
Calendar: Conventional
9:10am - 4:00pm
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School At A Glance

8898 South Maplewood Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
United States
Phone: (303)387-6600
Fax: (303)387-6601
Principal Name: Philip Ranford
Mascot: Eagles
Strand: Design Thinking, Strand: STEM
School Start Time: 9:10am
School End Time: 4:00pm

School Life

School Size: 
Medium
Please call Sand Creek Elementary to discuss grade level specific availability. 303-387-6600.
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Limited
Class Size Philosophy: 
Smaller class sizes for primary grades (K-2) are a priority for Sand Creek Elementary within the limitations of our budget.
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Garden
Innovation Spaces
Library Media Center
School Tech Center
Tech Lab
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed Location: 
Stone Canyon EdVentures
Full-Day Kindergarten
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Implemented Student Wellness & Prevention Framework
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
Sand Creek Elementary School is the only DCSD school with the "No Place for Hate" designation.
Retreats
Empowerment Day Retreat
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
Energy Conservation
Recycling
Water Conservation
Zero Waste Initiatives
Quick Facts
School Type: 
Calendar: Conventional
9:10am - 4:00pm
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
40 Minute classes as part of the outclass rotation.
Lunch: 
20 Minutes Daily
Each grade level eats lunch together for 20 minutes and then go outside for a 20 minute recess.
Music Allotment: 
40 Minute classes as part of the outclass rotation.
Physical Education Allotment: 
40 Minute classes as part of the outclass rotation.
Recess: 
40 Minutes Daily
Sand Creek has two recess times during the day. Students attend a 20 minute recess following lunch and a second 20 minute recess at another point during the day.
Technology Allotment: 
40 minute co-teach classes on a weekly rotation.
Information Technology
Sand Creek is currently at a 1 device per 1.5 students
Personally Owned Devices Allowed
Support Staff
Mentor Teacher
Psychologist
Social Worker

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
Accredited
BASE Kindergarten Enrichment
BASE offers a AM and PM half day Kindergarten Enrichment program. Students attending Kindergarten Enrichment will eat lunch in the cafeteria and have the option of purchasing a hot lunch from the SCE Cafe.
Nutrition Services
Nutritional Services: 
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Nutritional Services: 
Weight: 
3
Transportation
Transportation

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
Center-Based Special Ed Program
Cluster Grouping
Reading Recovery

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 84% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 86% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 75% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 80% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 81% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 79% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 81% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 81% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Third grade: 60% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 65% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 61% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 72% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

School Accountability Committee
What is SAC? SAC stands for 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 processes. The SAC makes recommendations concerning the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan, and meets at least quarterly to discuss implementation of the school’s plan and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract with the Board of Education. The SAC also makes recommendations to the principal for prioritizing spending of school monies.
Frequency: 
Monthly
Meeting: 
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Parent Teacher Organization
The Sand Creek Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) exists to enrich the educational opportunities of our children. The organization shall promote the well being of our students by providing support for their educational needs and the educational environment. PTO strives to promote open communication with a working partnership between and among the administration, staff, parents, and students.
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly
PTO: Meeting Times: 
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM