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October 18, 2017 | By CSilberman

STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of just 30 s

Kids "sliming" their teacher with silly string
April 18, 2017 | By CSilberman

HIGHLANDS RANCH - Service is one of SkyView Aca

April 13, 2017 | By rmbarber

Construction workers and the staff of American Academy gathered on Wednesday to celebrate a big milestone at the school’s newest campus in Parker.

February 27, 2017 | By CSilberman

HIGHLANDS RANCH – When SkyView Academ

February 23, 2017 | By ccheline
October 17, 2016 | By rmbarber

New charter schoo

Jennifer Burgess
September 8, 2016 | By CSilberman

What started out as an idea for a new arts-oriented school four years ago by a small group of parents is finally becoming a reality this Monday, as 850 students begin their first day at the new Parker Performing Arts School (PPA).

August 25, 2016 | By CSilberman

Written and submitted by Denise Gliwa

May 5, 2016 | By CSilberman

At SkyView Academy, community service is part of the school’s mission statement and considered one of the “five pillars” that helps to make this preschool-twelfth grade public charter school unique. While the school’s anatomy classes have organized blood drives in the past, little did anyone know that the event this year would ultimately benefit one of its own.

February 26, 2016 | By CSilberman

Submitted by parent Jennifer Larson

December 9, 2015 | By CSilberman

SkyView Academy is experiencing another year of robust arts-enriched learning, thanks to an $11,000 Alliance Project grant they received in October from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This is the second year they have received a grant from this arts and cultural education fund.

November 4, 2015 | By CSilberman

PARKER – More than 20 Douglas County

September 14, 2015 | By CSilberman

Charter school students to tackle core subjects – in another language

September 4, 2015 | By rmbarber

hile Douglas County’s Challenge to Excellence Charter School (C2E) has a tremendous amount of technology, with 1:2 tablets in kindergarten and first-grade, 1:1 tablets in second-grade and 1:1 Chromebooks in grades three through eight, the school’s leaders say it is not the numbers that matter. It is what their students are doing with the technology and the increase in engagement they have seen that they are proud of and what captured the attention of Google For Education, who recently featured the school in a case study.

Academy Charter School Dean Yvette Brown
December 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE ROCK – Science and social studies. Physical education and technology: Yvette Brown has taught it. Finance, operations and academic excellence: Yvette Brown is responsible for it. Greeting students as they walk into school every day: Yvette Brown’s favorite part of her job.

HOPE Online logo
December 10, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Jason Antonelli received straight A’s on his fifth-grade report card for the first time last year, and is on track to repeat the incredible accomplishment this year.

December 9, 2014 | By rmbarber

Douglas County School District’s newest charter school is expected to take shape alongside Interstate 25, just south of Castle Rock, over the next nine months.

Jennifer Burgess, SkyView Academy
September 10, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – “One significant goal this year is for SkyView students to be known in their communities by the content of their character."

August 22, 2014 | By rmbarber

On August 9, 2014, over 30 Ben Franklin Academy (BFA) dads, grandfathers and male role models participated in a Summer Work Day to provide general maintenance and cleaning before the school opens for the year on August 20th.

Peter Pan performance at American Academy
July 18, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE PINES – While students have been enjoying summertime and activities, the music department at American Academy Charter School has been undergoing a transformation in preparation for the rollout of a new Performing Arts department.

North Star students at work on Earth Day
May 13, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Students participate in school-wide community service day

April 29, 2014 | By rmbarber

For the fourth year, students from HOPE Online Academy were invited to participate during the Día del Niño celebration at Denver’s Civic Center Cultural Complex.

March 12, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

American Academy will be expanding their middle school at their Parker campus for the fall of 2014-2015.


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.