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Welcome to Douglas County’s premier school system ensuring student and parent choice in matching each child’s unique learning preferences to a multitude of World Class options.  All of the district’s eighty-one schools deliver an exceptional 21st Century education in order to guarantee our students are on track to be globally competitive upon graduation.  Our motto, Learn today…Lead tomorrow, accurately represents the expectations we have for the students we teach.

Our community has told us -- reinforced by experts such as Tony Wagner, Yung Zhao, and Marc Prensky -- that they are looking for graduates who are creative, collaborative, think critically, and communicate effectively

Our student outcomes are clearly articulated through a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, our schools are empowered to make programmatic decisions at the site level, and staff expertise drives the district’s initiatives. 

Douglas County School District is committed to your success.

Process

Calendars are approved by the Board of Education as required under Colorado Revised Statutes. Schools then choose a calendar based on input from their school community and in collaboration with schools within their feeder.

2014-2015 School Year Calendars

The Board of Education approved five calendar options for the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 school years on November 5, 2013, following consultation with the District Accountability Committee and Student Advisory Council. Those calendars are posted on the right side of this page.

Again, individual schools make site-based decisions regarding which calendar they will use. They are expected to announce this information on their school websites.

 

2013-2014 School Year Calendars - Displayed by Feeder Area

Castle View HS Feeder Schools

CVHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Castle View High School

  Conventional

Castle Rock Middle School

  Conventional

Clear Sky Elementary

  Modified

Larkspur Elementary

  Conventional

Meadow View Elementary

  Modified

Sedalia Elementary

  Conventional

Soaring Hawk Elementary

  Modified

Chaparral HS Feeder Schools

CHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Chaparral High School

  Conventional

Sierra Middle School

  Conventional

Cherokee Trail Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Mammoth Heights Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Pine Grove Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Pine Lane Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Prairie Crossing Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Douglas County HS Feeder Schools

DCHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Douglas County High School

  Conventional

Mesa Middle School

  Conventional

Castle Rock Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Cherry Valley Elementary

  Conventional

Flagstone Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Renaissance Magnet School

  Modified

Rock Ridge Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Sage Canyon Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

South Ridge Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Daniel C Oakes High School

  DC Oakes Calendar

Highlands Ranch HS Feeder Schools

HRHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Highlands Ranch High School

  Conventional

Cresthill Middle School

  Conventional

Acres Green Elementary

  Conventional

Arrowood Elementary

  Conventional

Cougar Run Elementary

  Conventional

Eagle Academy (Night HS)

  Eagle Academy Calendar

Eagle Ridge Elementary

  Conventional

Fox Creek Elementary

  Conventional

Lone Tree Elementary

  Conventional

Legend HS Feeder Schools

LHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Legend High School

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Cimarron Middle School

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Frontier Valley Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Gold Rush Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Iron Horse Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Pioneer Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Mountain Vista HS Feeder Schools

MVHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Mountain Vista High School

  Conventional

Mountain Ridge Middle School

  Conventional

Bear Canyon Elementary

  Conventional

Copper Mesa Elementary

  Conventional

Heritage Elementary

  Conventional

Northridge Elementary

  Conventional

Sand Creek Elementary

  Conventional

Summit View Elementary

  Conventional

Ponderosa HS Feeder Schools

PHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Ponderosa High School

  Conventional

Sagewood Middle School

  Conventional

Franktown Elementary

  Conventional

Legacy Point Elementary

  Conventional

Mountain View Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Northeast Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Rock Canyon HS Feeder Schools

RCHS Feeder Schools

School's choice:

Rock Canyon High School

  Conventional

Rocky Heights Middle School

  Conventional

Buffalo Ridge Elementary

  Conventional

Redstone Elementary

  Conventional

Timber Trail Elementary

  Conventional

Wildcat Mountain Elementary

  Conventional

ThunderRidge HS Feeder Schools

TRHS Feeder Schools/Programs

School's choice:

ThunderRidge High School

  Conventional

Ranch View Middle School

  Conventional

Coyote Creek Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Eldorado Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Plum Creek Academy

  Conventional 

Roxborough Primary/Intermediate Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Saddle Ranch Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Stone Mountain Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Trailblazer Elementary

  Split-Fall Break Modified

Charter Schools

Charter Schools School's choice:
   American Academy Charter School

  13-14 AA Parker Cal
  13-14 Castle Pines Cal

   Academy Charter School   13-14 ACS Calendar
   Aspen View Academy   13-14 AVA Calenar
   Ben Franklin Academy Charter School   13-14 BFA Calendar
   Challenge to Excellence Charter School   13-14 C2E Calendar
   DC Montessori Charter School   13-14 DC Montessori Calendar
   HOPE Online Co-Op   HOPE SY Calendar 2013-2014
   North Star Academy Charter School   13-14 NSA Calendar
   Parker Core Knowledge Charter School   13-14 PCK Calendar
   Platte River Academy Charter School   13-14 PRA Calendar
   Skyview Academy Charter School   13-14 SVA Calendar
   STEM Middle/High Academy Charter School   13-14 STEM Calendar
 

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 Services and Student Wellness departments are 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.

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.

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, home education, contract schools, and scholarships to private partner schools. 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 complete an Open Enrollment application during one of two open enrollment periods DCSD offers annually.

DCSD Open Enrollment Windows

Round One: November 1 - January 5

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 applicants exceed space available at the requested school.

If a student is not accepted at a school during the first round choice enrollment, the student will remain on the school’s prioritized waitlist and be carried over to the second round choice enrollment.

Round Two: April 15 - August 15

Second Round applications should be be submitted directly to the DCSD school of your choice. Applications during the second round are added to the prioritized round one list on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

During Douglas County School District's Open Enrollment period, Colorado families may apply for enrollment at any DCSD school of their choice. Families who wish to enroll their student in a school other than their neighborhood school must complete an Open Enrollment application, using the options below. Learn more about Open Enrollment.

New Student to DCSDUse this option if enrolling for the first time from out of the district OR have a student new to DCSD and do NOT yet have a Parent Portal account.

Existing DCSD StudentFor choosing other than your assigned neighborhood school, log into Parent Portal using the button above, look for the School Choice tab on the left side of the portal interface.
Incoming Kindergarten ParentsTo enroll an incoming kindergartner in a school other than your assigned neighborhood school, submit your information here.


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 January 5. The second window is open from April 15 to August 15. Open Enrollment applies to the following school year.

Q: How do I access Open Enrollment forms?

A: To access the First Round Open Enrollment form, log into Parent Portal. To access the Second Round Open Enrollment form (Apr 15 - Aug 15), click here.

Q: What is the difference between the two windows?

A: Applications filed with the district in the first window will be notified of the result on parent portal (application accepted, denied, or put on the annual prioritized list) by January 12. Parents must then go in and accept those applications by January 16. Applicants not accepted during the first Open Enrollment period are automatically be 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 parent portal, under the choice tab (application accepted, denied, or put on the annual prioritized list) by January 12. Applications submitted during round 2 may receive notification of status at any time between April 16 and August 15 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 October 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 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: 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.

Q: What is my assigned or feeder school?

A: Your assigned or feeder school is either the school you are assigned to based on your residence, OR the school your student attends based on acceptance of an Open Enrollment application.

Q: My student attends our neighborhood school. Do I need to open enroll to stay at this school?

A: No. Your student will be enrolled at the neighborhood school throughout the years that school serves.

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

A: YES. Because your open enrolled school is now your “assigned school” you will need to fill out an Open Enrollment application to attend your neighborhood school.

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 upon your sending that school an Intent to Enroll form. [link.] 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. Do we need to open enroll in our neighborhood high school?

A: YES. If your middle schooler wants to enroll in any high school other than that middle school’s feeder high school, (including your neighborhood high school) you will need to Open Enroll for that other high school.

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. Renewal of transfers is not automatic. You must apply for Open Enrollment for the school for the following year.

Q: Can I open enroll my special education student?

A: 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. 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 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. When Open Enrollment is approved, the new school becomes the school of record for all students in the family including younger siblings who were not enrolled in school at the time the family open enrolled. Even though the school of record has changed for the family, incoming kindergarten students must fill out an Open Enrollment form so that their enrollment can be tracked correctly.

Q: If I change my mind after accepting placement, will my student be able to return to the neighborhood school?

A: No, once Open Enrollment has been approved, that school becomes the student’s “school of record”. To return to the neighborhood school, students must apply for Open Enrollment during the next Open Enrollment period. The application to return may be denied if space is not available.

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 Level Director within 5 school days of receipt of the principal’s decision. The Level Director’s decision will be communicated to the parent or guardian within 10 school days after receipt. The Level Director’s decision is not subject to appeal.

Q: Where can I get more information?

A: Email or call the Choice Programming office coordinator, Kristin Schmidt, 303-387-9506.