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 1,796 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 63% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 355 reviews written and they have been mixed.

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

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3.5 from 355 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: Personally, I had negative experiences with my school principal. He refused to let me take an extra English credit, although it was more than possible to let me. He was incredibly rude to myself and my parents at this time. I know of a few other students that had issues with the principal, although he seemed to be generally liked by students at my school. The guidance counselor I was assigned to was always helpful and sweet, she would go out of her way to find solutions for any problem I presented her with. As far as policies go, all rules were strictly enforced. Security guards would make sure no students would be wearing hats and the doors leading to classrooms during lunch time were locked to prevent students from eating there and disrupting classes.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Teachers: Nearly all of my teachers in high school were not only great at what they did, but also passionate about the topic and teaching it to students. My teachers were very engaging with the class and were easy to reach for help. My school also offered "academic assistance" twice a week in which students were able to come in to school before classes started to receive additional help from the teachers themselves. Students could also make up tests during this time.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: I did not participate in any clubs or organizations at my high school. The few clubs I have heard about seemed to be enjoyed by students, but lacked funding and quality. Students were working with what was left over by other classes and were on a limited budget. Although the school kept clubs on a low budget, the teachers involved were welcoming and had an excellent relationship with the students. The teachers also reached out to other students to gain more members for their clubs.
    • Niche User
    • 2
    Educational Outcomes: Overall, I would say my high school did a poor job in preparing me for college and the "real world". My school did not guide nor assist me, as well as most other students, with my future after high school. By the time an administrator spoke to myself and my classmates about applying for college, most college application deadlines were nearing and the programs used to help high school students choose colleges they would be interested in was not helpful to me whatsoever. Myself and my parents had to find help outside of my school in order to gain knowledge of the application process. Despite being well underprepared, I am looking forward to attending the University of Colorado at Boulder this coming fall and am enjoying my time off of school.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Teachers: While attending this school I always felt welcomed and accepted by the teachers. I knew there was always an open-door policy to go and get help when I needed it, and I never felt judged or looked down upon because I was un-clear about a subject. No matter what time of day it was or what the subject was, each and every teacher was available and willing to help. They made time for me even when they were busy and I always left feeling better about the subjects I was unclear about.

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Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
Castle Academy Private
Woodlands Academy Private
3.33 Castle Rock Elementary School Public
3.66 Academy Charter School Public, Charter
3.66 Renaissance Expedition Learn Outward Bound School Public, Magnet
2.66 Daniel C. Oakes High School Public, Alternative
3.00 South Street Elementary School Public
KinderCare Learning Center Private
Montessori School of Castle Rock Private, Religious, Montessori
3.66 Sage Canyon Elementary School Public
3.66 Castle Rock Middle School Public
Faith Lutheran Church Private, Religious
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
3.66 Mesa Middle School Public
3.66 Flagstone Elementary School Public
3.66 Buffalo Ridge Elementary School Public
3.66 DCS Montessori Charter School Public, Charter
4.00 Timber Trail Elementary School Public
Castlewood Christian School Private, Religious
3.66 Franktown Elementary School Public
Trinity Lutheran School Private, Religious
3.33 Ponderosa High School Public
3.00 Sedalia Elementary 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
2.33 Lutheran High School Private, Religious
3.66 Prairie Crossing Elementary School Public
4.00 Rocky Heights Middle School Public
4.33 Rock Canyon High School Public
3.33 Mountain View Elementary School Public
3.66 Iron Horse Elementary School Public
Legend High School Public
3.66 Cimarron Middle School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.33 Castle View High School 3 mi. 1,567
3.33 Ponderosa High School 6 mi. 1,429
3.66 Sagewood Middle School 7 mi. 947
4.00 Rocky Heights Middle School 9 mi. 1,319
4.33 Rock Canyon High School 10 mi. 1,613

Around Douglas County High School

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

Student Diversity

Douglas County High School United States Castle View High School Ponderosa High School Rock Canyon High School Rocky Heights Middle School Sagewood Middle School
White 77.0% 51.6% 79.0% 82.0% 82.0% 84.0% 80.0%
Hispanic 13.0% 24.5% 14.0% 9.0% 6.0% 6.0% 11.0%
Multiracial 4.0% 2.6% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0%
Asian 3.0% 4.7% 1.0% 1.0% 5.0% 4.0% 2.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
African American 0% 15.2% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 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 31 responses

  • 74% Yes
  • 19% Not sure.
  • 6% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 20% Teachers
  • 20% Make-A-Wish week
  • 16% Sports Events
  • 14% The Advanced Placement Program
  • 10% The Students
  • 10% Clubs
  • 8% The IB Program
  • 4% The AP teachers

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 61% Students who don't care
  • 13% Poor administration
  • 9% Poor teaching habits in the Math Department
  • 9% Poor counseling
  • 9% Poor teaching habits in several departments

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 18 responses

  • 61% We were the first school in the district with IB.
  • 33% The caring and inspirational teachers
  • 6% We're not the same as the other district schools

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 58% Spirited
  • 26% Always changing
  • 11% Unique
  • 5% Huge

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 50% Don't be intimidated! This school can be fun!
  • 39% Make sure you know which building your class is in
  • 11% All the hallways connect.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 17 responses

  • 6% I love everything about this school.
  • 71% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 18% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 6% I hate everything about this school.