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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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All DCSD Schools personalize learning to meet the needs of a full continuum of learners.

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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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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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South Ridge Elementary School

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We are an authorized Primary Years International Baccalaureate School. Students in an IB program focus on developing a learner profile to build the attributes and the attitudes of life-long learning and strong character. We want our students to ask questions, investigate and make connections to the world around them. Our students are empowered to take action on issues that are important to them. We encourage our students to find multiple ways to solve problems and demonstrate critical thinking skills through inquiry, innovation and creativity. Our students explore concepts that are relevant across cultures and across time. We support our students to look at issues from multiple perspectives and develop tolerance and understanding for others who might have a different background. We are a school that welcomes a diverse student population- both culturally and socio-economically. We believe that one of our strengths is our ability to provide personalized learning and support so that every child, at any level, can reach his or her maximum potential. With teacher support, students take ownership of their learning and are deeply engaged in creating their own learning goals and choosing the steps to meet them. As one of the oldest elementary schools in the district, we are proud to have served generations of Castle Rock families and to have evolved our practices to best meet the needs of tomorrow’s world. We welcome you to come by for a visit to see if our school is the right fit for your child.

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School at a Glance
Strand: 
Emergenetics
International Baccalaureate
Home of the: 
Wolves
Attendance Line: 
(303) 387-5077
Principal: Erin Carlson
Calendar: Conventional
9:10am - 4:00pm
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School At A Glance

1100 South Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
United States
Phone: (303)387-5075
Fax: (303)387-5076
Principal Name: Erin Carlson
Mascot: Wolves
Strand: Emergenetics, Strand: International Baccalaureate
School Start Time: 9:10am
School End Time: 4:00pm

School Life

School Size: 
Medium
Neighborhood Feeder
Open Enrollment Status: Accepting
School Amenities and Building Resources
School Amenities
Garden
Innovation Spaces
Learning Commons - Makers' Space
Library Media Center
Newly renovated Learning Commons
Schoolyard Habitat
Our outdoor classroom setting is located right on the school property. Classes have opportunities to take their learning outside to enhance their curiosity and creativity within the nature environment.
Resources
School Outdoor Ed
Full-Day Kindergarten
South Ridge offers Free Full-Day Kindergarten for all students.
Student Wellness
District-Level: Prevention & School Culture
Implemented Student Wellness & Prevention Framework
BOKS by Reebok
Staff Development
Bullying Prevention Training
Messaging Campaigns
Kindness Campaign
Sustainability
Bike/Walk/Ride to School
Composting
Energy Conservation
Recycling
Quick Facts
School Type: 
International Baccalaureate School - Primary Years Program (IB - PYP) Students at South Ridge Elementary, an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School, are given a unique education. At South Ridge, students will: •be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning •take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world •become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language •be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world. What is the PYP? The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), is the first curriculum framework for international primary schools, designed for students ages three to ten (grades preschool through five). Through both the curriculum and teaching it aims to develop the intellectual, emotional and physical potential of each child, in a secure and stimulating environment. International perspective: A driving force behind the PYP is the philosophy of international mindedness. The IB’s mission statement strives to nurture young people who recognize that they are global citizens and who are motivated to make changes to and in the world. Integrated: the subject areas of maths, language, science, social studies, information technology, the arts, physical education and library are taught through transdisciplinary themes in order to help students make connections between the subjects, thereby facilitating more effective learning. Individualized: Teaching and Learning is differentiated for students needs. Students are asked to make connections between life in school, life at home and life in the world. These connections contribute to the development of the attitudes that contribute to international mindedness. The PYP fosters the development of thinking, communication, socializing, research and self-management skills. Students are encouraged to put what they have learned into practice through service to the school community, the local community and the global community. The PYP provides a curriculum framework of 5 essential elements: Knowledge- content in math, language, social studies, science and the arts Concepts- important ideas that have universal significance regardless of time or place within and across disciplines. Concepts are presented in the forms of questions that drive the inquiry. Skills- specific capabilities in thinking, social interactions, communication, self-management, and research Attitudes- dispositions, values, beliefs and feelings towards learning Action- Making changes to and in the world. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
Calendar: Conventional
9:10am - 4:00pm
Time Allotment
Art Allotment: 
45 minutes everyday, every third week
We offer a 20 minute recess followed by 25 minute lunch break for our students.
Music Allotment: 
45 minutes everyday, every 3 weeks
Physical Education Allotment: 
45 minutes everyday, every 3 weeks
After school intermurals for football and basketball are popular after school for many students.
Information Technology
1:1 Device Ratio of students to Google Chromebooks or I-Pads in the classrooms
Support Staff
Building Resource Teacher
Professional Learning Specialist
Psychologist
Social Worker

Support Services

Before & After School (BASE)
BASE
Our BASE is shared with Castle Rock Elementary. In the morning, students can be dropped off at Castle Rock Elementary starting at 6:30 am. A bus will bring the students from Castle Rock Elementary to South Ridge Elementary at 8:50 am. In the afternoon, there will be a bus at 4 pm to take the students from South Ridge Elementary to Castle Rock Elementary where students can then be picked up by 6 pm.
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
Our significant needs program is designed for those students who have significant cognitive impairments and require unique educational programming. Our students are supported in a diverse learning environment and are mainstreamed into a regular education classroom with support when it is appropriate for the student and for the regular education class.
Reading Recovery

School Performance

State Testing
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

Math

Third grade: 49% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 54% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 55% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 42% Proficient and Advanced

Reading

Third grade: 52% Proficient and Advanced

Fourth grade: 49% Proficient and Advanced

Fifth grade: 57% Proficient and Advanced

Sixth grade: 64% Proficient and Advanced

Writing

Sixth grade: 50% Proficient and Advanced

Parent Involvement

Average Annual Volunteer Hours Donated: 
900
There are many parent and community volunteers that contribute countless hours and efforts to help enhance the educational experiences of the students at South Ridge.
School Accountability Committee
These meetings are open to all parents and community members. For more information, please contact Stephanie Pollock - stephanie_pollock1@hotmail.com
SAC Chairperson: Stephanie Polluck
Frequency: 
Quarterly
Meeting: 
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Parent Teacher Organization
PTO: Frequency: 
Monthly
PTO: Meeting Times: 
9:15-11:00 A.M. first Wednesday of the month at South Ridge.