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World Compass Academy sets course for Fall 2015 opening

CASTLE ROCK –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.

On Friday December 5, the World Compass Academy’s founding families, developer and others gathered to break ground on the school’s site, immediately north of Plum Creek Community Church on South Wilcox Street.

Despite the December date, the weather for the groundbreaking ceremony was warm and sunny. Developers are hoping for even more good luck as they begin to erect the building that will open next fall.

“Thank you so much for coming out to help us celebrate this terrific milestone for our school,” World Compass Academy Board member Casey Annenberg said, as he welcomed everyone to the event. “Behind me, in August of 2015, will be the World Compass Academy school facility.”

“We’ll hopefully see you all at the ribbon cutting in just nine short months,” added Corey Brand with Schoolhouse Development.

Prior to groundbreaking, World Compass Academy had to not only develop plans and establish private funding for the project, but they had to gain approvals from a number agencies—including the Town of Castle Rock and the Douglas County School District (DCSD).

“What we found in charter school development is that it takes a whole bunch of smart people working together. We got really lucky with people with money, people with land, and the people with the smarts to design the facility,” Kurt Connelly said. We couldn’t have done any of this without a very cooperative and excellent school district.

DCSD Board of Education President Kevin Larsen and Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen attended the groundbreaking to welcome World Compass to the District.

“Douglas County School District is committed to partnering with parents and making sure that every parent finds that ‘just right’ school for their child. No matter if it is a charter school, a neighborhood school, a magnet school or even a different school; we really believe that is an important part of success for a student,” Fagen said. “That said, we want quality choices for our students in Douglas County and we have a very rigorous process through which any charter applicant must go through, in order to be a Douglas County School District charter. Congratulations to the founding families, to all of the folks who have volunteered their time and energy to work together with us in this partnership, to put together a high quality school for these future students.”

Jim McDevitt, a former principal in the Cherry Creek School District and Florida, has been chosen by the World Compass Academy Board to lead the school next year.

“This amazing idea called World Compass Academy began with a few parents dreaming a different dream for their children,” McDevitt said. “Students, get ready for an adventure of learning. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor.  Catch the wind in your sails. Explore, dream and discover. Welcome World Compass Academy explorers.”

Learn more about World Compass Academy at

December 9, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Charter Schools, Choice Programming, Schools

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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.