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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.

We know that our children have the best opportunity to succeed, when they, their families and teachers are matched with a learning environment that best fits their interests and needs.

The goal of EmpowerED Choices is to empower families to find the best fit for their child. The tool provides information on the wide array of educational programming, activities and cultures available at our more than 80 schools.
 

 


Search for a Match
Starting with the basics, like grade, school level and location, users begin the process of narrowing their search.


Compare & Contrast
Once you’ve selected a few favorite schools, you may utilize the Comparison tool to get an apples-to-apples comparison on key data points.


Location, Location, Location
Whether you want to choose a school in your area or want to explore further afield, our map provides a birds-eye view of the District and our many outstanding options.

 

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Your Preferences Narrow Your Search.
EmpowerED Choices does not rank schools. At the beginning of a search, every DCSD shows alphabetically. As you make selections, the tool shows you potential matches.

 


Focus on What’s Most Important
While there are a lot of options, it’s best to focus on the key factors that matter most to you and your student. Let’s face it, there really aren’t that many schools that offer

Like It, Love It & Must Have it
​EmpowerED Choices, provides users with the ability to weight choices, so you have the power to determine which factors are most important to you. Like it is a light weighting, Love it is heavier and Must have it is a factor.

Start Over
If the results aren't what you're looking for, simply press the start over button and we'll reset the system for you.

 

 

 

 

Every Douglas County School District School is a great choice.
With so many diverse options, we believe there is a perfect match for every Douglas County child. Learn more about Choice in DCSD.

 

 

 

 

 


EmpowerED Choices Feedback

EmpowerED Choices is a collaboration between the Douglas County School District and our schools. Our collective goal is to share details about what each of our amazing schools offer, so that parents, prospective employees and others can learn more about the great things happening inside and ultimately have the information they need to make the best possible match.

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We want your feedback! If you stumble across a technical glitch or a mistake in the content while visiting EmpowerED Choices, we want to know. Please provide us with as much information possible about the issue and its location and we will work to get it fixed. We also welcome ideas regarding ways that we can improve the tool moving forward.