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    Every student learns differently, which is why the Douglas County School District provides parents and students with many different educational choice options.

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    The Douglas County School District offers a variety of programming options, from schools that focus on sustainability to expeditionary learning. Find the school that best fits your student's needs today.

Department Contact

Choice Programming

Director, Student and Parent Choice
Coordinator, Office of Choice Programming
Administrative assistant
312 Cantril Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Fax: 303-387-0539

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School Choice in Douglas County for Educational Excellence

School choice means empowering parents with the freedom to choose the best educational environments for their children – from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling. The following are basic descriptions of Douglas County school choice policies and programs.

Public School Open Enrollment

Open enrollment policies provide increased education options within traditional public schooling. Open enrollment allows parents to select the best public schools for their children, regardless of where those schools are located. This means that parents can choose any public school within the District on a space-available basis.

Public Charter Schools

Charter schools are independent tuition-free public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative, while being held strictly accountable for improving student achievement. Charter schools are always public schools and are always tuition-free. Charter schools are governed by independent boards of directors that are responsible for maintaining a commitment to the mission and vision of the school, as well as financial and operational accountability to the District. Charter schools are open to all students within the district, but each charter has its own enrollment process, which may include a lottery for available seats.

Magnet Schools

Magnet schools are public schools that are operated by the District. Magnet schools are tuition-free public schools that have a focused theme and aligned curriculum such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Fine and Performing Arts, Expeditionary Learning or International Baccalaureate.

Virtual Schools and Online Learning

Virtual schools are Internet-based academies that teach students entirely or primarily through a rigorous online curriculum. These schools can be district-run public schools or public charter schools. In some cases, online learning is combined with traditional, in-classroom education, called “blended learning.” Publicly-operated virtual schools hold children to the same academic standards and requirements as traditional public schools.

Homeschooling and Homeschooling Support

Homeschooling is the process of parents being the primary educators of their children in the home. Douglas County has five different options for home-based education of children, including full-time home education, dual enrollment, home education support, full time online enrollment, and part-time online courses.



Learning Styles

Research has identified three major learning styles: Kinesthetic, Visual and Auditory. Understanding learning styles can help to identify how best your student learns.

What learning style is my student?
Take the Learning Style Questionnaire

Below are suggestions for which programs may benefit different types of learners--but these are only suggestions. A kinesthetic learner may learn well in a program for visual learners. 

REMEMBER: You know your child best.


What are the characteristics of a kinesthetic (experiential) learner?
Kinesthetic learners are students who learn best by physically experiencing what they are learning about. Sometimes kinesthetic learners need to use all five senses to explore the world. An example of kinesthetic learning is using blocks or beads to learn a math problem.

Kinesthetic programs tend to place an emphasis on projects and experiencing what is being learned. Some kinesthetic programs place an emphasis on students working together on projects.

School programs that focus on kinesthetic learners:

  • Montessori
  • Outdoors / Expeditionary
  • Student-centered / Student-directed
  • Experiential
  • Project-based learning


What are the characteristics of a visual learner?

Visual learners are students who learn best by using their eyes to absorb information. An example of visual learning is watching a demonstration or reading a book.

Visual programs tend to place an emphasis on learning through reading. 

School programs that focus on visual learners:

  • Online (using a computer)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Back-to-basics
  • College prep
  • Liberal arts
  • Classical


What are the characteristics of an auditory learner? 
Auditory learners are students who learn best by hearing and absorbing information through sound. An example of auditory learning is listening to a teacher lecture.

Auditory programs tend to place an emphasis on teacher-led instruction or discussion.

School programs that focus on auditory learners:

  • Back-to-basics
  • Core Knowledge
  • College prep
  • Dual-language
  • Liberal arts
  • Classical


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Neighborhood Schools

Neighborhood schools are those that serve a particular geographic area in Douglas County.  Open enrollment means that all Douglas County schools are potentially available to all students regardless of geographic area, depending on space availability.

All Douglas County neighborhood public schools teach the same types of content; however, the method of delivering that content differs from school to school. Each neighborhood school is unique in its emphasis and offers a strong educational program for all Douglas County students.

Neighborhood schools offer a strong, locally centered community where students, teachers and parents form a cohesive team to ensure academic excellence for all students. We strongly encourage parents to visit their neighborhood school and determine for themselves which school is the best fit for their student. The vast majority of students in Douglas County attend their neighborhood schools.

Some neighborhood schools have chosen a particular emphasis in their delivery methods, some of which are set forth here.  Contact your neighborhood school for more information, and check the main Choice Programming page for neighborhood school information and locations. CLICK HERE for an interactive neighborhood school map!

21st Century

Strongly encourages project-based learning, integration of the disciplines, smaller learning communities and a commitment to a “green” curriculum and sustainable schools.

Reggio Emilia

The Reggio approach shares some of the values of the better-known Waldorf and Montessori schools. Their approach is based around certain fundamental values about how children learn. These values include: the child as an active participant in learning; the significance of environment; the teacher, parent and child as collaborators in the process of learning; and making learning visible.

Artful Learning

Artful Learning is a school improvement model that stimulates and deepens academic learning through the Arts. The four main quadrants of the Artful Learning model (EXPERIENCE, INQUIRE, CREATE and REFLECT) encourage and support best teaching practices while improving the manner in which both students and teachers learn. Classrooms systematically employ the four quadrants to strengthen understanding, retention and application.


Emphasis on organizational and study skills, critical thinking, academic help from peers, and enrichment and motivational activities that make college attainable.

Core Knowledge

This was developed by University of Virginia professor E.D. Hirsch in order to build a foundation for college and career readiness; students read widely and deeply.  Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements. By reading texts in history/social studies, science and other disciplines, students build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background to be better readers in all content areas.


The foundation of the program is a profile which determines students’ thinking and behavioral preferences in seven scientifically-based attributes, allowing them to better understand themselves—how they think, communicate and learn—and their interactions with others. The program is also contingent on educating teachers to create an atmosphere that reinforces student results and positions students to capitalize on their insights to build self-esteem, understand their motivational drivers for learning, and ultimately improve academic performance.

Environment Learning

Engages students through immersion in the local environment, or setting, as the context for learning, providing hands-on educational activities in indoor and outdoor classrooms each day. While some student activities may delve into environmental concerns or issues, this is not the focus of environment-based education.  Service learning, collaborative teaching, community-based investigations, integrated/interdisciplinary instruction, and learning activities require students to work collaboratively and independently.  In addition, students engage in activities to help them understand natural and social/human systems that exist in our world. Students spend outside time on a regular basis and visit different areas of our nearby community to support the academic focus of our school.

Expeditionary Learning

Expeditionary Learning is an educational system that differs from traditional systems in three main ways.  In Expeditionary Learning schools, students learn by conducting "learning expeditions" rather than by sitting in a classroom being taught one subject at a time. Expeditionary Learning works on developing the character -- as well as the intellect -- of students.  At a successful Expeditionary Learning school, teachers, parents, staff, and students work together to create a school culture of collaboration, respect, and high expectations.

International Baccalaureate

IB programs are recognized around the world. The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programs focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.

Leader in Me

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.


Developed in the early-to-mid 20th century by Italian doctor and educator Maria Montessori, the Montessori approach to education stresses individual learning, multisensory skill development, and social skills.

Outward Bound

Learning expeditions serve as the primary way of organizing social studies and science curriculum. Learning Expeditions feature linked projects that require students to construct deep understanding and skills, and produce products or performances for real audiences. Learning Expeditions engage students in active learning, support literacy, promote character development, create a sense of adventure, spark curiosity, and foster an ethic of service.

Project Based Learning

In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking.


Emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


Emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

Success in Sight

Success in Sight helps schools identify small improvements that generate quick wins and lead to larger, more comprehensive, school-wide reform efforts. The process encourages schools to “think systemically and act systematically” by applying a five-step process: Take stock ; Focus on the right solution; Take collective action; Monitor and adjust; Maintain momentum.

Neighborhood Schools

CLICK HERE for an interactive school locator map!

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Charter Schools

What is a charter school?
A charter school is a tuition-free public school operated by an independent board of directors that may be composed of parents, teachers and community members. A charter school is a school of choice within the school district, operating under a contract or "charter" between the board of the charter school community and the DCSD Board of Education.
The "charter," as defined in the Charter Schools Act (Sections 22-30.5-101et. seq. C.R.S.), spells out the school's mission and vision, academic goals, performance standards, educational design, governance and operations. Charter schools generally operate free from from many of the regulatory requirements applicable to other public schools; however, charter schools operate under the charter philosophy of "autonomy in exchange for accountability." School-centered governance, autonomy, and a clear design for how and what students will learn are the essential characteristics of a charter school. Charter school students are still required to take all state-mandated standardized tests, just like all other public school students. In addition, charter schools must provide the appropriate levels of services to students with special needs, English language learners, gifted and talented students, and all other students admitted to the charter school.

Enrollment of Students with Special Needs in Charters 

There is a lot of misinformation about charter schools and their ability to serve students with special needs, including whether charter schools automatically exclude students with special needs. This is not the case.

As public schools, charter schools are required to serve students with special needs, just like any neighborhood public school. However, as with any other neighborhood public school, the charter school must be able to accommodate the student with special needs in order to provide an educational environment that will enable the student to thrive and be successful . It is important to remember that the needs of the student are paramount in selecting the school best suited to meet those needs.

Most charters in Douglas County run a lottery late in the year to randomly pull names from their wait lists for enrollment for the following year. These wait lists may contain the names of students with special needs, who should be given the same opportunities to enroll in the charter school, whenever the student’s needs can be met within the current framework of the charter school.

When the name of a student with special needs is pulled in the charter lottery, the charter school is legally required to ensure that it can provide the student with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”) with reasonable modifications. The appropriate school team team will meet with the parent and the team from the student’s current school, if any, along with a District representative to determine if FAPE is available to the student at the charter school prior to final admittance to the charter school. This meeting is required by federal law to ensure that the student’s needs can be met in that setting.

In order to ensure that the student’s needs can be met at the charter school, an IEP team meeting will take place. If the team determines that FAPE can be provided at the charter school, the student will be enrolled at the charter school and the team will ensure that reasonable modifications are available to allow the student to be successful.

For more information, contact the DCSD Personalized Learning department.


History of Charter Schools in Colorado

In 1993 State Senator Bill Owens (R) and State Representative Peggy Kerns (D) introduced the original Charter Schools Act, which received bi-partisan support and was signed into law. The original philosophy of the Act was that charter schools would be smaller environments to experiment with educational programs and develop innovative ways to educate at-risk students.

In 1996 the Colorado legislature appointed an advisory committee to develop recommendations for improving the Charter Schools Act. Subsequent revisions were made to the Act in 1997 and 1998. One of the changes was to amend the legislative intent of the Act to include the phrase, “proven-to-be-effective educational programs,” as a pre-requesite for charter schools to operate. “Different pupils learn differently,” notes the Act. The Act seeks the creation of schools with "high, rigorous standards for pupil performance," with special emphasis on expanded opportunities for low-achieving students. The General Assembly sought "to create an atmosphere in Colorado's public schools where research and development in developing different learning opportunities is actively pursued.” Colorado Charter School Act.

The same year that Senator Bill Owens and Representative Peggy Kerns introduced the original Charter Schools Act (1993), the Douglas County School District became the first school district to authorize a K-8 charter school.

2018 Spring Cycle Charter Applications

2018 ASI Charter Application

PMA 2018 Application


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Magnet Schools

The Douglas County School District offers two magnet schools, Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Magnet School and Lone Tree Magnet Elementary School. Children may apply to attend these magnet schools on a space available basis through the open enrollment process. Magnet schools are public schools, but they are not charter schools, as they do not have parent boards. However, parent involvement is highly encouraged.

Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Magnet School has Expeditionary Learning and Outward Bound as its special focus. Expeditionary learning is a research-based school design model built around learning expeditions, other active forms of teaching and learning, and a challenging and supportive school culture. The design emphasizes experiential learning, high achievement, character growth and high expectations.

Lone Tree Elementary offers a learning environment that is shaped by the body-brain compatible elements of the Highly Effective Teaching (HET) model. Lone Tree’s physical environment is sensory-rich and its social-emotional environment is designed to nurture reflective thinking. Students work in collaborative teams, make choices, and are provided with immediate feedback about their academic and social-emotional learning. Movement and music are used to enhance learning in the HET model.

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Home Education

Parents select home education for a variety of reasons.

There is no "one-size-fits-all" philosophy for home education. Douglas County School District provides a number of programs to support parents choosing to be the primary educators of their children. 

We support our parents' commitment to home education by providing a variety of options:

OPTION 1: Full-time Home Education

With this option, the family provides 172 days of instruction, averaging 4 hours per day. The home-based program should include (but not be limited to) reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, history, civics, literature, science, and instruction in the Constitution of the United States. For more information please visit the Colorado Department of Education Home School website.

The District wishes to assist parents as needed through the process of establishing a home-based educational program. Please contact the Home Education office if you have any questions about home schooling, the letter of intent, or testing requirements.

The first step in beginning a home-based educational program for your student is to provide notification to the District.  This Notification of Intent to Home School is required by Colorado State Law (C.R.S. 22-33-104.5).  Please use the District form and return it to the Home Education Office prior to the start of your school year. The District will assist parents with the home schooling process. See the links under Related Items for helpful information.


OPTION 2: Dual Enrollment

With this option, the District receives part-time funding to provide 180 hours of instruction in a public school setting. The home education family provides the remaining hours of instruction in their home-based educational program. If you are interested, please contact the school you wish to attend part-time and complete a Dual Enrollment form. This form must be completed and signed by both the neighborhood school principal (or designee) and the Home Education Specialist before the student can begin attending classes. Students may only dual enroll at the beginning of a grading period. Students must be in attendance a minimum of 90 hours per semester.  Please see application on right hand side of this website.


OPTION 3: Home Education Enrichment Programs -Cloverleaf Enrichment School, Academy Charter and Platte River Academy

Cloverleaf Home Education, Academy Charter School and Platte River Academy. With this option, the District receives part-time funding to provide 180 hours of instruction in a public school setting. The home education family provides the remaining hours of instruction in their home-based educational program. If you are interested, please contact the school or program you wish to attend part-time: Cloverleaf Enrichment School (K-12), Academy Charter School Platte River Academy (K-6), PRA Classical Academy (6-8)​.

Home Education Testing

According to  Colorado Home School Law, “Each child participating in a home-based education program shall be evaluated when such child reaches grades three, five, seven, nine, and eleven. Each child shall be given a nationally standardized achievement test to evaluate the child’s academic progress, or a qualified person shall evaluate the child’s academic progress . . . If test results submitted show that a child participating in a home-based education program received a composite score on said test which was above the thirteenth percentile, such child shall continue to be exempt from the compulsory attendance requirement.”

Contact Us

Kristin Wagner
Home Education Coordinator
303-387-9545 - phone
312 Cantril Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Please scan and email or mail your notification to:

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Partnering With Parents in Selecting the Best Learning Environment for Each Student 

We embrace school choice by offering a wide variety of pathways to learning, including neighborhood schools, magnet, charter, online, and home education. We then empower families to find the best educational fit for their children.

Families who wish to enroll their student in a school other than their neighborhood school must apply for Open Enrollment during one of two open enrollment periods DCSD offers annually. 

New Kindergarten parents intending to enroll in their neighborhood school do not need to open enroll. Contact your neighborhood school for more details on Kindergarten registration details.

**Second Round Open Enrollment opens on 1/22/18 and closes on 8/1/18 If you were put on the wait list during first round you will still be on that list for second round. 

Open enrollment is now closed 

  • Click here for step by step instructions on how to use the tool - IMPORTANT - YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO USE A HANDHELD DEVICE OR IPAD TO OPEN ENROLL
  • First round open enrollment is not first-come, first-served; you have until December 1 at 4:00 pm to complete this process.
  • Parents wishing to enroll their three & four year olds in district preschools do not go through open enrollment. Preschool registration will take place in early January. Follow this link for more information.
  • You can change your open enrollment request choices at any time until December 1 at 4:00 pm.
  • You can choose to have your choices emailed to you after you have completed open enrollment.
  • Schools will offer you an open enrollment slot, based on space availability.  You can log back into EngagED parent portal on or after December 9 to check on any offers you may have received.
  • You have until December 15th at 4:00pm to accept an open enrollment offer from a school through the EngagED parent portal.
  • If your open enrollment request is not accepted by any school, or you didn't log in and accept your offer, you will automatically be placed on the second round open enrollment waitlist, which runs from January 22 to August 1st.
  • Second round open enrollment is "first come first served." Students requesting open enrollment only in the second round are placed on the waitlist behind those that are currently on the waitlist from first round. Schools will reach out to you ONLY when and if a spot becomes available.
  • If you are open enrolled at a neighborhood school or attend a charter but would like to return to the neighborhood school associated with your address for the next school year you must file an intent to return form by January 8, 2018.
  • If you are moving within the district but would like to remain at your current school, you may do so my filing an intent to remain form at any time.
  • Transportation for resident students granted permission to attend a school or program outside their neighborhood attendance area shall be furnished by their parent/guardian.  However, students who wish to catch a bus from a stop that transports to the school to which they have open enrolled, may, on a space available basis, purchase a Z-pass to ride that bus to their newly assigned school.

NOTE: This application does not support applying to DCSD preschools. The following Charter Schools will be utilizing the tool this year: Sky View Academy, Academy Charter School, Renaissance Secondary and Apex Community School. Please contact all other Charter schools directly to learn more about enrollment options for charter schools. For DCSD preschools click this link.

First Window: November 1, 2017 - December 1, 2017 Second Window: January 22, 2018 - August 1,  2018

DCSD Open Enrollment Windows

Round One: November 1 - December 1

Round One applications are accepted for the following school year on a space available basis. Waiting lists, which are prioritized according to Board of Education Policy JCA/JFB-R, will be created if the number of applicants exceeds space available at the requested school. NOTE: Round One applications are NOT "first come, first served," You may request open enrollment at any time up to December 1st. Round One applications are granted on a space available basis.

Round Two: January 22 - August 1

Applications during the second round are added to the prioritized round one list on a first-come, first-served basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about Douglas County School District's Open Enrollment process.

Q: What is Open Enrollment, and who can apply?

A: District policy states that any student shall be allowed to attend any school of their choice for which they are eligible on a space available basis, subject to district policy. Here are links to the Open Enrollment policies:



The first round window is open from November 1 to December 1. The second window is open from January 22 to August 1. Open Enrollment applies to the following school year.

Q: How do I request Open Enrollment?

A: To access the Open Enrollment Tool locate the Open enrollment button on the district website. The button will go live and will appear on November 1.

Q: What is the difference between the two windows?

A: Applications filed with the district in the first window will be notified of the results (application accepted, denied, or put on the annual prioritized list) by December 8th. Parents must then go in and accept any open enrollment offers made by schools by December 15th. Applicants not accepted during the first Open Enrollment period are automatically placed on the annual prioritized list and shall have priority over second round applicants.

Q: What is the annual prioritized list?

A: Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the space available in a school, applications are prioritized by grade level according to the priorities set forth in district policy. The annual prioritized list is purged on October 1 of each year.

Q: How will I be notified about the status of my application?

A: Applications filed with the district in the first window will be notified of the result through the open enrollment tool. Applications submitted during round 2 may receive notification through the open enrollment tool as well as an email at any time between January 22nd and August 1st depending on space availability at that school.

Q: How long is my application valid?

A: Your application is valid until wait lists are purged on August 2nd, all offers will be made by 8/1.  You will need to reapply each year during the Open Enrollment period.

Q: How does the second window work?

A: Applications received during the second window are time stamped and processed on a “first come, first served” basis. However, First Round Open Enrollment applications that were not accepted during the first Open Enrollment period are automatically placed on the annual prioritized wait list and have priority over second round applicants.

Q: How many schools can I apply for in Open Enrollment?

A: You can apply for up to four schools.

Q: What about charter schools?

A: Most Charter schools are a bit different, in that each charter school may maintain a wait list per grade, depending on the space available, and conducts a lottery each year for available seats. The Open Enrollment time frames also apply to charter schools, but each charter has its own enrollment policy. Contact the charter school directly for more enrollment and lottery information, with the exception of Sky View, Aspen View, Academy Charter School, Renaissance Secondary & Apex, as they are all using the open enrollment tool this year.

Q: What is my school of Choice?

A: Your "school of choice" is the school your student attends based on acceptance of an Open Enrollment or charter school application. Your "Neighborhood" school is the school that you are assigned to based on your residence address.

Q: My student attends our neighborhood school. Do I need to open enroll to stay at this school? What if we move within the district?

A: No. Your student will be enrolled at the neighborhood school throughout the years that school serves. If you move within the district, you may also elect to stay at this neighborhood school by filing an "Intent to Remain" form with the neighborhood school, per district policy.

Q: My student was open enrolled at a school other than my neighborhood school. Now my student wants to transfer to our neighborhood school. Do I need to open enroll my student?

A: No. an open enrolled student at any level may always return to their neighborhood school by filing a Notice of Intent to Return form by Jan. 5th to return for the fall semester of the next school year.

Q: My student is currently open enrolled at an elementary school. If we want to attend our neighborhood middle school, do we need to open enroll in that middle school?

A: No. Elementary students will automatically be enrolled in your neighborhood middle school.  Charter school students will need to file at that school an Intent to Return form.  If your student wants to attend a middle school other than your neighborhood middle school, you will need to open enroll in that other middle school.

Q: My student is currently open enrolled at a middle school. Do we need to open enroll in that middle school’s feeder high school?

A: No. Your student will automatically be enrolled in your feeder high school. If your student wants to attend a high school other than your feeder high school, you will need to open enroll in that other high school.

Q: My student is open enrolled at a middle school outside my feeder. Do we need to open enroll in our neighborhood high school?

A: No.Your middle schooler may attend your neighborhood high school by filing an Intent to Return form with that neighborhood high school. If your middle schooler wants to enroll in any high school other than that middle school’s feeder high school, or your neighborhood high school, you will need to Open Enroll.

Q: Can my student transfer to a different school during the school year?

A: Students may not change their assigned school during a school year or for the ensuing year after the Open Enrollment time period has expired unless they receive an approved administrative transfer. The student’s current school principal and the requested school principal must agree to the transfer.

Q: Can I open enroll my special education student?

A: Possibly. Requests from parents of special education students are reviewed in accordance with state and federal law. The student’s IEP will be reviewed by the school’s IEP team to determine whether the requested school can meet the student’s educational needs.

Q: We are new to the district, and moved here after the windows have closed. How does Open Enrollment work for new residents?

A: Families who move to Douglas County outside the Open Enrollment windows should fill out a New Student Choice Application. Contact your neighborhood school for the form. If the new student wishes to attend a school other than their neighborhood school, the New Student Choice Application should be submitted to the requested school. Applications are approved as soon as practicable if space is available. If no space is available, the student’s name can be added to the annual prioritized list.

Q: My student's middle school open enrollment application was accepted. Do I need to open enroll her for the feeder high school?

A: No. So long as your student wishes to attend the feeder high school, no Open Enrollment application or other form is required.

Q: Our open enrollment application was accepted. Do I need to open enroll my student each year at that same school?

A: No. Approved applications are valid throughout the grades served at that school.

Q: Is each child in a family required to apply for Open Enrollment?

A: Yes, the online application form must be completed for each child.

Q: What are the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) guidelines about transferring to another school?

A: Interscholastic eligibility may be affected if a student changes schools after the school year begins or if the student has practiced with a school team before the start of the school year. A student who transfers schools over the summer without a bona fide family move will have restricted eligibility for the first 50% of the regular season and may have varsity eligibility during the second 50% of the regular season. Additional information is available on the CHASAA website.

Q: What are the grounds for denying an Open Enrollment application?

A: An application will be denied if:

There is a lack of space or teaching staff;
The school does not offer appropriate or requested programs;
The school is not structured or equipped with the needed facilities for special needs;
The student does not meet eligibility criteria, such as age, prerequisites, etc.;
The student has already graduated from 12 grade or holds a GED;
The student has been expelled within the prior 12 months;
The student’s behavior was detrimental to health and safety in another district;
The student fails to comply with district immunization requirements

Q: Can I appeal a denial?

A: A parent can appeal an Open Enrollment denial by filing a statement of the grounds for appeal with the Director of Schools for that level within 5 school days of receipt of the principal’s decision. The Director’s decision will be communicated to the parent or guardian within 10 school days after receipt. The Director’s decision is not subject to appeal.

Q: If we move within the district, can we enroll immediately in our new neighborhood school?

A: Yes, you may enroll in the neighborhood school associated with your new address. Enroll as soon as possible after your move by contacting that neighborhood school. If you decide to remain at your current school for the remainder of the school year and then attend your neighborhood school associated with your new address, you must reach out to the new neighborhood school as soon as you move into your new adress to notify them you want to attend for the following school year.

Q: Where can I get more information?

A: Contact the Choice Programming Coordinator, Kristin Schmidt, at[at]dcsdk12[dot]org, or call 303-387-9506.

Open Enrollment

*Click Here for the Intent to Remain form (can be filed at any time) 

*Click Here for the Intent to Return form (must be filed by 1/5 (1/8/18 this year due to Christmas break) to return for the following school year)

New Kindergarten parents intending to enroll in their neighborhood school do not need to open enroll. Contact your neighborhood school for more details on Kindergarten registration details.

Parents wishing to enroll their three & four year olds in district preschools do not go through open enrollment.  Preschool registration will take place in early January. Follow this link for more information.

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Online Education

Colorado Cyber is a statewide K-12 Cyber school program that is offered by Douglas County School District to any student who resides in Colorado.

At Colorado Cyber, we understand that not all students thrive in the same environment and not all students learn the same way. Seeing this disconnect between traditional teaching and maximizing a student’s potential, we created another education option for your child. Online learning allows a student’s creativity, problem solving and communication skills to combine with technology for the ultimate education experience.

Colorado Cyber uses Lincoln Interactive and Aventa, two of the nation’s leading online curricula used by thousands of students across the country. This high-tech, high-touch comprehensive learning package offers flexible, dynamic and adventurous learning opportunities for students.

Community is a vital element at Colorado Cyber. Receiving an education online doesn’t mean your child won’t participate in the social activities vital to their development. Relationships within our education community are what make this program a success. Relationships are created between students, families and Colorado Cyber Colorado Cyber school teachers through:

  • Field trips
  • Colorado Cyber events
  • Our online social network
  • Our online classroom

The Colorado Cyber community is dedicated to providing a safe environment that encourages student connection and fosters collaboration.

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