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April 29, 2016 | By CSilberman

Staff from Douglas County School District's Stone Canyon Outdoor Education program has been working with the Eagle Ridge Special Education Voyager program all semester to help these students create better relationships with one another, learn to deal with conflict and enjoy learning through experiential methods. In their culminating event for the year, students came out to the Larkspur-based outdoor education site, where they had the opportunity to utilize the new skills they gained in high ropes activities. 

February 4, 2016 | By rmbarber

Within the walls of Prairie Crossing Elementary School, there are two very different intensive center-based personalized learning programs, both of which are dedicated to serving and providing interventions for students on the autism spectrum as early as possible.

February 1, 2016 | By rmbarber

While the needs of most students can be met within a typical classroom environment through universal or targeted programming—a small group of students require an even more intensive level of support. The Douglas County School District (DCSD) works to personalize learning for each and every child, including those that need the highest levels of support.

August 9, 2015 | By rmbarber

Having a child diagnosed with a disability can be an overwhelming situation for parents. Thanks to a collaboration between the families of students in special education and the Douglas County School District (DCSD), these parents no longer have to face it alone.

James Kramer at Job Corps graduation
April 24, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – In the fall of 2008, James Kramer entered Douglas County High School (DCHS) as a freshman with special needs.

March 6, 2014 | By rmbarber

Located in the shadow of DCSD’s Shea Stadium, Plum Creek Academy is an educational gem; a shining example of how a school district can care for students with significant needs.

December 10, 2013 | By meernst

District News

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots. 

glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.