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Young Entrepreneurs Academy empowers students to create, pitch and launch their own real businesses or social movements

CASTLE ROCK - The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) of Douglas County is a groundbreaking and exciting thirty-week program that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs.

Throughout the program, organized by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for real funding, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. 

Students are eligible to receive high school credit for their participation.  Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in communities across America.

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For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call 720.440.3726 or visit


Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Ice Cream & Info Session
The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce will host an informational meeting for students currently in grades 7-12, their families, and local business leaders about YEA!

The YEA! application will be available and attendees will learn about the structure, curriculum, and application process for the program. YEA! alumni may be on hand to share their experiences and talk about their successful business launches! Business leaders can learn how to get involved with YEA! as a mentor, guest speaker, field trip host, or even an investor! 

Sessions meet weekly in Castle Rock, follow the DCSD calendar and start after Fall Break on October 19.  The application window closes in September for the 2015-16 year. Class size limited.  Visit YEADC.COM for more information.

WHEN: Monday, August 24, 6:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce
420 Jerry Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

WHO: Students Grades 7-12 and their families, as well as business leaders and interested community volunteers

This event is free and open to the public and organizers are asking for an RSVP to have plenty of ice cream for everyone!

Call 720-440-3726 to RSVP or email CastleRockYEA[at]gmail[dot]com

August 12, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category: District, High School Education, Middle School Education, Schools

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.