Douglas County High School in Castle Rock Township, CO - Niche

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Douglas County High School is a public school in Castle Rock Township, Colorado. It has 1,876 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 66% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 361 reviews written and they have been mixed.

2842 Front Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(303) 387-1000

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3.5 from 361 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I have been fortunate enough to have teachers that are willing to help and be supportive, not only in class, but outside of class. Ones who are willing to take time out of their own to help you with a homework question, help with the application process or even with a personal problem. Not everyone is lucky enough to get these few and far between teachers, but the ones who do see the difference between them and the others.

    One teacher in particular, Mr. Robert Calbeck, has been an inspiration for myself and my peers. He has willingly taken time out of his nights at home to proof read my applications, write me a letter of recommendation and offer extended help whether it be a math question, although I am no longer in his class, or personal help. It has been extremely helpful having someone who has went through college be there through the application process since I am going to be the first one in my family to go to college. Not only does it make it less stressful, but makes things that I would not know how to do on my own, easier.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: My experience here has been a roller-coaster ride. The students that enter this school get worse each year. This school is in a district that appears to be falling to pieces. The best thing at this school has been my AP teachers, they actually know how to teach and create a positive rapport with their students.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I had a great time growing up having t mom teach there, then graduating from there.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Some people are mean. Rich school.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Douglas County High School was a very average experience. If it wasn't for my class, I can't say that I'd enjoy it as much. The administration is sub par at best and felt like they did not care for the students whatsoever. Sometimes administration would get too involved with your personal life. There were many times where students would get called into the office for pictures on Instagram or Twitter that the administration would use to try to figure out information about who threw parties and who was involved. It seemed a bit overboard considering there are many other issues within the school that were never addressed. A big thing that I noticed is that they seem to only care if you graduate high school, rather than prepare you for your future. However, there are some teachers that went above and beyond to help students succeed. In Colorado, violent threats are very prominent. During my senior year, there were several threats to students and DC did a very good job at making sure that we would be safe. They brought in 30 or so cops to patrol the hallways and doors which made us feel as if nothing was going to happen during a very scary time. I was in several clubs and I really wished they had put more funding into the clubs so that more people would join and notice them. The campus is old but nice, it is two buildings and it's nice to be able to go outside throughout your day. Some of my favorite experiences were sporting events, prom, homecoming week, off campus lunch, off hours and senior year was amazing.

    Overall good experience, wouldn't go back but I enjoyed my time there.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
3.33 Castle Rock Elementary School Public
Woodlands Academy Private
3.66 Renaissance Expedition Learn Outward Bound School Public, Magnet
Cloverleaf Home Education Public
3.66 Academy Charter School Public, Charter
2.66 Daniel C Oakes High School--Castle Rock Public, Alternative
3.00 South Ridge Elementary An International Baccalaureate World School Public
3.33 Edcsd: Colorado Cyber School Public, Online
3.66 Sage Canyon Elementary School Public
3.66 Castle Rock Middle School Public
3.33 Rock Ridge Elementary School Public
3.33 Castle View High School Public
3.66 Clear Sky Elementary School Public
3.33 Meadow View Elementary School Public
3.66 Soaring Hawk Elementary School Public
The Rock Academy Private, Religious
3.66 Mesa Middle School Public
3.66 Flagstone Elementary School Public
3.66 American Academy Public, Charter
3.66 Buffalo Ridge Elementary School Public
3.66 D Charter School Montessori Charter School Public, Charter
4.00 Timber Trail Elementary School Public
Castlewood Christian School Private, Religious
Trinity Lutheran School Private, Religious
3.66 Franktown Elementary School Public
3.33 Ponderosa High School Public
3.66 Northeast Elementary School Public
3.66 Legacy Point Elementary School Public
3.66 Gold Rush Elementary School Public
3.66 Sagewood Middle School Public
3.00 Sedalia Elementary School Public
3.66 Prairie Crossing Elementary School Public
2.33 Lutheran High School Private, Religious
4.00 Rocky Heights Middle School Public
3.33 Mountain View Elementary School Public
4.33 Rock Canyon High School Public
3.66 Pine Grove Elementary School Public
3.66 Iron Horse Elementary School Public
3.66 Cimarron Middle School Public
Legend High School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.33 Castle View High School 3 mi. 1,717
3.33 Ponderosa High School 6 mi. 1,141
4.33 Rock Canyon High School 10 mi. 1,785
3.33 Chaparral High School 11 mi. 2,068
Legend High School 10 mi. 1,913

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 50%
Female 49%

Student Diversity

Douglas County High School United States Castle View High School Chaparral High School Legend High School Ponderosa High School Rock Canyon High School
White 75.0% 51.0% 78.0% 78.0% 81.0% 81.0% 82.0%
Hispanic 14.0% 25.0% 14.0% 12.0% 10.0% 9.0% 6.0%
Multiracial 4.0% 2.8% 3.0% 3.0% 4.0% 4.0% 3.0%
Asian 3.0% 4.8% 1.0% 2.0% 2.0% 1.0% 6.0%
African American 1.0% 15.0% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 27.8%
Grade 10 26.1%
Grade 11 23.7%
Grade 12 22.4%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 36 responses

  • 69% Yes
  • 25% Not sure.
  • 6% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 24 responses

  • 19% Make-A-Wish week
  • 18% Teachers
  • 16% The Advanced Placement Program
  • 15% Sports Events
  • 9% Clubs
  • 7% The Students
  • 7% The AP teachers
  • 6% The IB Program
  • 1% Spirit Weeks

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 47% Students who don't care
  • 16% Poor teaching habits in the Math Department
  • 12% Poor administration
  • 9% College preparation
  • 6% Poor teaching habits in several departments
  • 6% Poor counseling
  • 3% Inability to help seniors with college application

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 20 responses

  • 60% We were the first school in the district with IB.
  • 30% The caring and inspirational teachers
  • 10% We're not the same as the other district schools
  • 0% We have two buildings

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 50% Spirited
  • 27% Always changing
  • 14% Unique
  • 9% Huge
  • 0% Aspiring

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 45% Don't be intimidated! This school can be fun!
  • 41% Make sure you know which building your class is in
  • 9% All the hallways connect.
  • 5% Join clubs and get involved with student life

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 5% I love everything about this school.
  • 77% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 14% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 5% I hate everything about this school.