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August 16, 2017 | By CSilberman

The Boettcher Foundation recently honored 42 Colorado teachers for the significant impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students – with five of the teachers coming from the Douglas County School District. Every year, the Boettcher Foundation allows each scholarship recipient to acknowledge the teacher who has had the greatest impact on the student’s life. During a special ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens, each Boettcher Scholar shared moving stories and thoughtful remarks about his or her teacher.

September 20, 2016 | By rmbarber


September 16, 2015 | By rmbarber

CASTLE ROCK – The Douglas County School Distric

May 7, 2015 | By rmbarber

Students, parents and administrators in the Douglas County School District came together this week to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our employees during the 2015 DCSD Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.

Teacher with students
September 9, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

More than 90% of Highly Effective Teachers and 94% of Effective Teachers are staying in DCSD.

May 17, 2014 | By rmbarber

In a special meeting of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education, Directors approved licensed (teachers & principals) employee compensation increases for school year 2014-15. 

March 20, 2014 | By slmanitoken

Douglas County Job Growth from the Denver Business Journal

November 22, 2013 | By smtailer

Douglas County (Colo.) School District restructuring the pay scale so positions most in demand get paid more.

November 22, 2013 | By smtailer

Should Hard-to-Find Science and Math Teachers Be Paid More?

November 22, 2013 | By smtailer

Teachers are not interchangeable wrench turners on an assembly line.  They are professionals whose individual efforts matter tremendously in the lives of children.  By treating them as such, and paying them accordingly, Douglas County plans to become a magnet for the best teachers in Colorado.

November 12, 2013 | By smtailer

A high school math teacher in Harrison School District commented, “I think a seniority-based salary schedule is a horrible way to pay teachers and should be eliminated, not tweaked.


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.