Choice Programming

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Danny Winsor
Director, Choice Programming  
303-387-9513
Kristin Schmidt
Coordinator, Choice Programming
303-387-9506
Suzy McDaniel
Administrative Assistant
303-387-9526



Open Enrollment is now open
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Open enrollment closes on 12/3 at 4:00pm Schools will extend offers of open enrollment based on space availability by December 7th. Parents can see offers in the tool (EngagED parent portal) on December 10th at 8:00am and have until December 17th at 4:00pm, to log back in and accept any open enrollment offers. In the event you did not receive any offers during First Round, you will remain on a wait list for Second Round of Open Enrollment, which opens on January 22nd at 8:00am.

**Second Round Open Enrollment runs from 1/22/19- 8/01/19 If you were put on the wait list during first round you will still be on that list for second round. Schools will only reach out to you when and if a spot becomes available**
 

 

Parent Empowerment Through Choice

The Douglas County School District embraces parent and student choice by offering a wide variety of pathways to learning, including neighborhood schools, charter, magnet, and online schools and home education options.

 

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 to be 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.

 

Public 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.