For over 60 years, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) has provided an educational foundation that allows each student to reach his or her individual potential. Learn more and enroll today at https://www.dcsdk12.org/.

DCSD has nine school feeders, each featuring amazing preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school offerings across Castle Rock, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Parker, and neighboring communities. Families can access the educational options within their schools that best meet their students’ needs. DCSD schools offer a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where students can discover their strengths and talents and develop their unique potential.

Programs include:

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Honors and Advanced Placement Offerings
  • Concurrent Enrollment (students earn college credits while in high school)
  • Career and Technical Education (preparing students to enter the workforce directly after graduation)
  • International Baccalaureate programs
  • A variety of sports, clubs and extracurricular activities
  • Advanced Education (such as gifted and talented programs)
  • Special Education and related services in alignment with the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Colorado’s Exceptional Children’s Education Act (ECEA)
  • Early Childhood Education/Preschool
  • Before and After School Programs

DCSD is committed to ensuring that all children have access to the support they need to fulfill their potential and pursue their chosen endeavor in society, whether it’s postsecondary education, career, or military service.

The numbers speak for themselves:

  • DCSD serves 63,000 students in 89 schools, making it the third-largest school district in Colorado.
  • DCSD is the largest employer in Douglas County, employing 8,300 staff members.
  • DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. Rates have risen steadily from 83.1% in 2010 to 91.2% in 2020.
  • The class of 2021 earned more than $116 million in scholarships.
  • Students and families saved more than $3 million in college expenses through concurrent enrollment partnerships.

Taking Care of the Whole Child

DCSD provides a place for each student to find personal growth and fulfillment in a safe and supportive environment that develops not just academic skills, but also the skills to ensure social, emotional, and physical well-being.

In DCSD, exceptional education leaders work closely with school counselors, psychologists, and social workers to ensure each child receives the social-emotional learning supports necessary to learn safely while staying healthy. Thanks to the $40 million Mill Levy Override funding made possible by Douglas County voters in 2018, every DCSD elementary school now has a dedicated counselor. And, additional counselors were placed at the middle and high school levels.

Thanks to an ongoing partnership with local law enforcement, in 2019, DCSD added dedicated School Resource Officers (SROs) to our middle schools, in addition to the SROs already in our high schools. Local law enforcement also provides School Marshalls to our elementary schools.

DCSD invites you to learn more about the DCSD schools in your area. Contact any school to learn more about their unique offerings. DCSD can’t wait to welcome you into the Douglas County School District family!