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Schools

School Leadership

Mr. Ted Knight
Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Kelly DeVol
Administrative Assistant
303-387-0067

School Leadership Administration

 

620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Welcome to the Douglas County School District

DCSD is home to 89 amazing schools. With so many great options, offering an array of school types (neighborhood, charter, alternative and online) and educational programs (International Baccalaureate, Artful Learning, STEM, Core Knowledge, etc.) we know that we have a learning community that will meet the needs of each and every learner.

Find a school that matches your child's needs and interests

Regardless of which school you choose, we are committed to supporting the following at every building:

  • Striving for educational excellence
  • Ensuring our schools offer the educational opportunities parents dream of for their kids.
  • Building a positive culture and climate

Finally, we have refocused our efforts ensuring that we are supporting each child's journey from kindergarten to graduation. Our leaders are assigned regional areas, so that they are able to support principals along that pathway from elementary to high school.

School Leadership Administration

Castle Rock Region:  Castle View and Douglas County Feeders
Danelle Hiatt, Executive Director of Schools
     Marilyn Spetoskey, Administrative Assistant
     303-387-0231

East Highlands Ranch Region:  Highlands Ranch and Rock Canyon Feeders
Corey Wise, Executive Director of Schools
     Char Nielsen, Administrative Assistant
     303-387-0042

West Highlands Ranch Region:  Mountain Vista and ThunderRidge Feeders
Ian Wells, Executive Director of Schools
     Erin Kiyan, Administrative Assistant
     303-387-0012

Parker Region:  Chaparral, Legend and Ponderosa Feeders
Carrie Stephenson, Executive Director of Schools
     Eileen Santolaya, Administrative Assistant
     303-387-0055

Activities, Athletics and Alternative Education
Derek Chaney, Director of Activities, Athletics and Alternative Education
     Sue Dakovich, Administrative Assistant
     303-387-0095

Process

Calendars are approved by the Board of Education as required under Colorado Revised Statutes.

For the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, a calendar committee was formed, composed of leaders, teachers, classified staff members and parents. This committee worked to develop three conventional calendar options for each school year. A survey was developed and distributed to staff and parents of neighborhood schools (non-charter schools). The survey received 10,111 responses.  Additionally, feedback was received from the Student Advisory Group. The District Accountability Committee (DAC) approved “Calendar Option 2” on May 1, 2018 based on the feedback and recommendation from the Calendar Committee. This calendar was then approved by the Board on May 8, 2018.

Please note that these calendars do not apply to charter, magnet, or alternative schools, which manage their own calendars.

Please note that for 2018-2019, all DCSD schools will follow the conventional calendar, with the following exceptions: Renaissance Primary Magnet School, D.C. Oakes, Eagle Academy, and charter schools. Please contact these schools individually for their calendars.

 

Current Year 2017-2018 Color

Current Year 2017-2018 Black & White

2018-2019 School Year Conventional Calendar

View the calendar here | Black and white version

 

2019-2020 School Year Conventional Calendar

View the calendar here | Black and white version

 

2020-2021 School Year Conventional Calendar

View the calendar here | Black and white version

One-Fits-One Education

Douglas County School District is dedicated to supporting every student, ensuring that they have the resources and ability to find the educational pathway that best suits them, regardless of where they are in the continuum of service.

If your child requires more support, consider the following options:


Focusing on Our Kids’ Health—So They Can Focus on School

The well-being of our students is central to their capacity to learn, which is why our Health and Wellness department is dedicated to supporting our students and providing for their both their physical and mental needs.

We provide resources and assistance to address health challenges, so all students have an equal opportunity to meet their full academic potential.

Health & Wellness

 

Supporting ALL students by promoting health, wellness and safety through advocacy, collaboration and education.

 

An empowered student perceives themself as: healthy, connected, loved, valuable and able to make choices that bring joy to their life.

 

At times, students may need additional support to be available for learning.

Student Data and Information Services 

Today, more than ever, our schools, students, parents, and leaders rely on the information that we gather about our students.

Student Data & Information Services, a division of DCSD’s Business Services Department, is responsible for ensuring the quality and security of the data gathered, archived and, at times, released from the student information system. We assist schools, parents, the community and departments regarding student registration information and we manage academic records pertaining to alumni and students who have withdrawn. Additionally, we ensure the accuracy of archival procedures pertaining to student records and releasing of student information.

student drawing on a smart board

Partnering With Parents in Selecting the Best Learning Environment for Each Student 

We embrace school choice by offering a wide variety of pathways to learning, including neighborhood schools, magnet, charter, online, and home education. We then empower families to find the best educational fit for their children.

Families who wish to enroll their student in a school other than their neighborhood school must apply for Open Enrollment during one of two open enrollment periods DCSD offers annually. 

New Kindergarten parents intending to enroll in their neighborhood school do not need to open enroll. Contact your neighborhood school for more details on Kindergarten registration details.

**Second Round Open Enrollment opens on 1/22/18 and closes on 8/1/18 If you were put on the wait list during first round you will still be on that list for second round.  Schools will only reach out to you when and if a spot becomes available**

Click here to start Open enrollment

  • Click here for step by step instructions on how to use the tool - IMPORTANT - YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO USE A HANDHELD DEVICE OR IPAD TO OPEN ENROLL
  • First round open enrollment is not first-come, first-served; you have until December 1 at 4:00 pm to complete this process.
  • Parents wishing to enroll their three & four year olds in district preschools do not go through open enrollment. Preschool registration will take place in early January. Follow this link for more information.
  • You can change your open enrollment request choices at any time until December 1 at 4:00 pm.
  • You can choose to have your choices emailed to you after you have completed open enrollment.
  • Schools will offer you an open enrollment slot, based on space availability.  You can log back into EngagED parent portal on or after December 9 to check on any offers you may have received.
  • You have until December 15th at 4:00pm to accept an open enrollment offer from a school through the EngagED parent portal.
  • If your open enrollment request is not accepted by any school, or you didn't log in and accept your offer, you will automatically be placed on the second round open enrollment waitlist, which runs from January 22 to August 1st.
  • Second round open enrollment is "first come first served." Students requesting open enrollment only in the second round are placed on the waitlist behind those that are currently on the waitlist from first round. Schools will reach out to you ONLY when and if a spot becomes available.
  • If you are open enrolled at a neighborhood school or attend a charter but would like to return to the neighborhood school associated with your address for the next school year you must file an intent to return form by January 8, 2018.
  • If you are moving within the district but would like to remain at your current school, you may do so my filing an intent to remain form at any time.

NOTE: This application does not support applying to DCSD preschools. The following Charter Schools will be utilizing the tool this year: Sky View Academy, Academy Charter School, Renaissance Secondary and Apex Community School. Please contact all other Charter schools directly to learn more about enrollment options for charter schools. For DCSD preschools click this link.

First Window: November 1, 2017 - December 1, 2017 Second Window: January 22, 2018 - August 1,  2018

DCSD Open Enrollment Windows

Round One: November 1 - December 1

Round One applications are accepted for the following school year on a space available basis. Waiting lists, which are prioritized according to Board of Education Policy JCA/JFB-R, will be created if the number of applicants exceeds space available at the requested school. NOTE: Round One applications are NOT "first come, first served," You may request open enrollment at any time up to December 1st. Round One applications are granted on a space available basis.

Round Two: January 22 - August 1

Applications during the second round are added to the prioritized round one list on a first-come, first-served basis.


Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about Douglas County School District's Open Enrollment process.

Q: What is Open Enrollment, and who can apply?

A: District policy states that any student shall be allowed to attend any school of their choice for which they are eligible on a space available basis, subject to district policy. Here are links to the Open Enrollment policies:

Board File: JCA/JFB: ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO SCHOOLS, SCHOOL CHOICE AND OPEN ENROLLMENT

Board File: JCA/JFB-R: ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO SCHOOLS, SCHOOL CHOICE AND OPEN ENROLLMENT

The first round window is open from November 1 to December 1. The second window is open from January 22 to August 1. Open Enrollment applies to the following school year.

Q: How do I request Open Enrollment?

A: To access the Open Enrollment Tool locate the Open enrollment button on the district website. The button will go live and will appear on November 1.

Q: What is the difference between the two windows?

A: Applications filed with the district in the first window will be notified of the results (application accepted, denied, or put on the annual prioritized list) by December 8th. Parents must then go in and accept any open enrollment offers made by schools by December 15th. Applicants not accepted during the first Open Enrollment period are automatically placed on the annual prioritized list and shall have priority over second round applicants.

Q: What is the annual prioritized list?

A: Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the space available in a school, applications are prioritized by grade level according to the priorities set forth in district policy. The annual prioritized list is purged on October 1 of each year.

Q: How will I be notified about the status of my application?

A: Applications filed with the district in the first window will be notified of the result through the open enrollment tool. Applications submitted during round 2 may receive notification through the open enrollment tool as well as an email at any time between January 22nd and August 1st depending on space availability at that school.

Q: How long is my application valid?

A: Your application is valid until wait lists are purged on August 2nd, all offers will be made by 8/1.  You will need to reapply each year during the Open Enrollment period.

Q: How does the second window work?

A: Applications received during the second window are time stamped and processed on a “first come, first served” basis. However, First Round Open Enrollment applications that were not accepted during the first Open Enrollment period are automatically placed on the annual prioritized wait list and have priority over second round applicants.

Q: How many schools can I apply for in Open Enrollment?

A: You can apply for up to four schools.

Q: What about charter schools?

A: Most Charter schools are a bit different, in that each charter school may maintain a wait list per grade, depending on the space available, and conducts a lottery each year for available seats. The Open Enrollment time frames also apply to charter schools, but each charter has its own enrollment policy. Contact the charter school directly for more enrollment and lottery information, with the exception of Sky View, Aspen View, Academy Charter School, Renaissance Secondary & Apex, as they are all using the open enrollment tool this year.

Q: What is my school of Choice?

A: Your "school of choice" is the school your student attends based on acceptance of an Open Enrollment or charter school application. Your "Neighborhood" school is the school that you are assigned to based on your residence address.

Q: My student attends our neighborhood school. Do I need to open enroll to stay at this school? What if we move within the district?

A: No. Your student will be enrolled at the neighborhood school throughout the years that school serves. If you move within the district, you may also elect to stay at this neighborhood school by filing an "Intent to Remain" form with the neighborhood school, per district policy.

Q: My student was open enrolled at a school other than my neighborhood school. Now my student wants to transfer to our neighborhood school. Do I need to open enroll my student?

A: No. an open enrolled student at any level may always return to their neighborhood school by filing a Notice of Intent to Return form by Jan. 5th to return for the fall semester of the next school year.

Q: My student is currently open enrolled at an elementary school. If we want to attend our neighborhood middle school, do we need to open enroll in that middle school?

A: No. Elementary students will automatically be enrolled in your neighborhood middle school.  Charter school students will need to file at that school an Intent to Return form.  If your student wants to attend a middle school other than your neighborhood middle school, you will need to open enroll in that other middle school.

Q: My student is currently open enrolled at a middle school. Do we need to open enroll in that middle school’s feeder high school?

A: No. Your student will automatically be enrolled in your feeder high school. If your student wants to attend a high school other than your feeder high school, you will need to open enroll in that other high school.

Q: My student is open enrolled at a middle school outside my feeder. Do we need to open enroll in our neighborhood high school?

A: No.Your middle schooler may attend your neighborhood high school by filing an Intent to Return form with that neighborhood high school. If your middle schooler wants to enroll in any high school other than that middle school’s feeder high school, or your neighborhood high school, you will need to Open Enroll.

Q: Can my student transfer to a different school during the school year?

A: Students may not change their assigned school during a school year or for the ensuing year after the Open Enrollment time period has expired unless they receive an approved administrative transfer. The student’s current school principal and the requested school principal must agree to the transfer.

Q: Can I open enroll my special education student?

A: Possibly. Requests from parents of special education students are reviewed in accordance with state and federal law. The student’s IEP will be reviewed by the school’s IEP team to determine whether the requested school can meet the student’s educational needs.

Q: We are new to the district, and moved here after the windows have closed. How does Open Enrollment work for new residents?

A: Families who move to Douglas County outside the Open Enrollment windows should fill out a New Student Choice Application. Contact your neighborhood school for the form. If the new student wishes to attend a school other than their neighborhood school, the New Student Choice Application should be submitted to the requested school. Applications are approved as soon as practicable if space is available. If no space is available, the student’s name can be added to the annual prioritized list.

Q: My student's middle school open enrollment application was accepted. Do I need to open enroll her for the feeder high school?

A: No. So long as your student wishes to attend the feeder high school, no Open Enrollment application or other form is required.

Q: Our open enrollment application was accepted. Do I need to open enroll my student each year at that same school?

A: No. Approved applications are valid throughout the grades served at that school.

Q: Is each child in a family required to apply for Open Enrollment?

A: Yes, the online application form must be completed for each child.

Q: What are the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) guidelines about transferring to another school?

A: Interscholastic eligibility may be affected if a student changes schools after the school year begins or if the student has practiced with a school team before the start of the school year. A student who transfers schools over the summer without a bona fide family move will have restricted eligibility for the first 50% of the regular season and may have varsity eligibility during the second 50% of the regular season. Additional information is available on the CHASAA website.

Q: What are the grounds for denying an Open Enrollment application?

A: An application will be denied if:

There is a lack of space or teaching staff;
The school does not offer appropriate or requested programs;
The school is not structured or equipped with the needed facilities for special needs;
The student does not meet eligibility criteria, such as age, prerequisites, etc.;
The student has already graduated from 12 grade or holds a GED;
The student has been expelled within the prior 12 months;
The student’s behavior was detrimental to health and safety in another district;
The student fails to comply with district immunization requirements

Q: Can I appeal a denial?

A: A parent can appeal an Open Enrollment denial by filing a statement of the grounds for appeal with the Director of Schools for that level within 5 school days of receipt of the principal’s decision. The Director’s decision will be communicated to the parent or guardian within 10 school days after receipt. The Director’s decision is not subject to appeal.

Q: If we move within the district, can we enroll immediately in our new neighborhood school?

A: Yes, you may enroll in the neighborhood school associated with your new address. Enroll as soon as possible after your move by contacting that neighborhood school. If you decide to remain at your current school for the remainder of the school year and then attend your neighborhood school associated with your new address, you must reach out to the new neighborhood school as soon as you move into your new adress to notify them you want to attend for the following school year.

Q: Where can I get more information?

A: Contact the Choice Programming Coordinator, Kristin Schmidt, at kristin.schmidt[at]dcsdk12[dot]org, or call 303-387-9506.

Open Enrollment

*Click Here for the Intent to Remain form (can be filed at any time) 

*Click Here for the Intent to Return form (must be filed by 1/5 (1/8/18 this year due to Christmas break) to return for the following school year)

New Kindergarten parents intending to enroll in their neighborhood school do not need to open enroll. Contact your neighborhood school for more details on Kindergarten registration details.

Parents wishing to enroll their three & four year olds in district preschools do not go through open enrollment.  Preschool registration will take place in early January. Follow this link for more information.