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  • Writer's pictureErin Kane

Proud to be DCSD - A Look Back at 2023-2024 School

Updated: May 6

Here in the Douglas County School District (DCSD), we have some of the most dedicated teachers, principals, and support staff who give their all each and every day to ensure that our students receive the best possible education. Because of their efforts, the 2023-2024 school year was full of celebrations!


Did You Know?

  • For the first time in a decade, DCSD is the TOP scoring district in the Denver/Metro area!

  • DCSD is one of the only districts in the country to have met or exceeded our 2019 (pre-pandemic!!) scores in every subject and every grade.

  • DCSD is one of the only school districts in the state to increase proficiency levels across all student  subgroups.

  • DCSD is one of the leaders, nationwide, in “blurring the lines” between PK-12, higher education, and industry through our incredible Concurrent Enrollment/Career and Technical Education offerings (over 20K seats!) and our partnerships with multiple higher education institutions, providing students additional pathways to success after high school, whether they choose college or go straight to industry.

  • Finally, DCSD ranked number 11 on the list of the 250 “most envied” school districts in the country by Test Prep Insight (DCSD is the only Colorado school district in the top 65!). 

Award-Winning Academic Success

  • 35 of our schools received the 2023 John Irwin Award of Excellence from CDE.

  • 10 of our schools received the 2023 Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

  • Parker Core Knowledge Charter was named a 2023 Colorado National Blue Ribbon School.

The Future is Bright!

What’s Next for DCSD?


In the coming school year, we will ask our community to join us in conversations about our future. Looking ahead 10 years to 2035 and beyond, together we will:

 PARTNER: Continued partnerships with our families, students and staff to remain in that number one spot! Together, we will take on issues that impact our kids, like social media.

DREAM: Community conversations around what we want for DCSD 10 years from now and beyond.

DECIDE: Determine what we want our kids to know and be able to do in 2035 and beyond.

EXPLORE: Prepare students for the workforce and life after high school as it looks in their future. This means leveraging (safely!) the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and whatever else is to come.

Thank you for an incredible 2023-2024 school year. We are very grateful for our students, families, teachers, staff and community members. #ProudtoBeDCSD


Erin Kane is the Superintendent of the Douglas County School District

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