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2842 Front St
Castle Rock, CO 80104

(303) 387-1000
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March 26, 2014
My two kids went to this school and we lived by the rock. My daughter took some IB classes and received a scholarship and graduated from CSU last year. My son is in the Air Force. There is plenty of involvement for parents if they want to get involved. I was involved in DCHS Band and the After Prom Parties.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
After one year at this high school, I believe there is an extreme amount of room for improvement. The staff and and administration are very unhelpful most of the time, and the classes are exceptionally easy. This school's main focus is on it's athletics, not it's academics. The students at this school harass each other constantly. This school is going down hill quickly. Compared to various other schools, Douglas County has a massive drug issue that should really be addressed. Students will smoke in "the alley" and the staff is aware but chooses to do nothing about it. No body at this school cares about the well-being of each other, and instead try to determine ways to be even more nasty to each other. I am not saying Castle View High School is better, but parents need to look into other options for high school if their main concern is academics and and the over health of their child.

- submitted by a student
September 10, 2012
This school is by far better than CV. I have been to both. I lasted until Winter Break at CV my Freshman year before transferring to DC. I am now a Junior. CV's academics and teachers are horrible. Don't send your child to CV if you want them to succeed in life. Go Huskies!!

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2012
Great Schools should post parents reviews together and student reviews in a different place. As a parent of a senior attending DCHS, I could not be happier with the administration and teachers. As a former teacher myself, I can distinguish a good teach from a not-so-good teacher. My daughter has been successful in athletics, academics and music at DCHS. There is a sense of tradition that you cannot get anywhere else! She has grown at this school and is ready to attend a top ranked university. This would not have been possible without the teachers, counselors, coaches, and administration of Douglas County High School. Kuddos Mr. Kappas for running such a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2012
Douglas County High School is no place for a teenager to grow and learn. I am a junior attending DC and quite frankly, its a pathetic excuse of a community. None of the teachers care about you, neither academically nor personally. And the administration is the worst. For the sake of your child and his/her safety and well being, do not send your kid here. There is a disgusting, growing epidemic of drug abuse, lack of respect, and absolutely no support for the students. Nobody cares. No spirit. No love. They think they're some big "family" and it's literally a big joke. This school has hit rock bottom. They just won't admit it. There are too many students, and too many teachers and administrators that don't care. They ignore the fact that they're students are dying and failing and giving up. Everybody needs someone to depend on. And we'd like to believe that many students could find that support at school. But it's not here. This school is messed up on so many levels. My parents would rather me attend DC Oaks. DCHS is a pathetic excuse of a high school.

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2011
I believe that DC is one of the worst schools i had ever attend the teachers don't care about you or education i was told one day in math class that my teacher didn't get paid enough money to teach me! I thought education was about passion and wanting to help you succeeded not at this school it isn't. If you want a true high school experience where the teachers are passionate and care about you go to D.C Oakes thats when i finally learned what a teacher can truly do!

- submitted by a student
December 15, 2010
The IB program has made me the happiest person on earth! I always felt like the nerdy outcast kid, but after entering IB! Wow! Everything is amazing! Granted, it IS an old school... and the budget isn't super... but what I love is that I know every single IB kid in my year, and a majority of the Seniors too! I also adore the fact that all my friends are in all my classes! I never feel alone or left out. Most people are up until 3 doing homework, true, but you're all up together! It's wonderful! DCHS has made me the person that I am today. It helped me discover my passion for the Chinese language, lead me to my dream college, and my dream major (International Studies). I probably would still have no idea where my life is going if I didn't have DC~

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2010
This school is amazing.. I have had two older sisters who have gone here and they said it was a VERY good school, so I'm happy to go here.

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2010
I have two students at DC. As a parent, I love it. I do not worry about them and they have done a wonderful job of educating my children. The staff is great and there is no other place I would rather have my kids go to school!

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January 22, 2010
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November 07, 2009
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May 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 11, 2009
im ending my freshman year at DC and although its a super big school we all are really close and there are so many great clubs and activitys that you can get involved in, at dc there is room for every type of person and you feel accepted every day you meet someone new thats how big we are! but we also have best football team in the county HOO-RAH

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2009
CV and DC are intense rivals, so don't pay any attention to the one-star reviews from CV-loving parents. In reality, academics and sports are stressed here, and there is a Huskie shirt, hat, or backpack everywhere you look. i always feel very safe here, and Officer Brinkworth is always nearby to give you a highfive. Most of us are proud to be at DC.

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2008
Be careful what you read!!! I know many graduates from DC that have gone on to amazing Colleges and Universities, the academics at DC are very strong.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
I graduated from Douglas County in 2007. I feel the administration is the worst part of this school. I rarely found a teacher i could relate to, or that wanted to see their student succeed. The office, and principal treated the students like they were pieces of crap, unless the student was in band, theater, or played on the football team. The school has no school spirit, and students seem to have a lot of behavioral problems. I was happy to graduate, and feel like I would of had a better opportunity getting into the college of my choice if i wasnt from DCHS.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 13, 2008
This school is awful! Nothing here is that spectacular where CV is much better with better academic programs, the teachers and administrators are much better and the administratorators at CV just rock the house! DC is horrible where NONE of the teachers care and nothing seems to ever be important to any of the administration. Choose CV over DC!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
Do not ever send your kids to Douglas County High School! It is such a horrible school that has poor academic programs, really bad teachers and staff along with a principal who doesn't care about any of the students futures. Yeah, maybe their extracurricular program is 'estatic' but that doesn't really matter when looking for a high school to go to. Parents should choose CV over DC because of the better academics, challenging courses and caring teachers and staff at CV! DC is a poor choice to go and you don't want your student suffering through the poor academic programs and dangers of that high school. CV is a much safer atmosphere!

- submitted by a student
October 11, 2008
This school is an amazing improvement over CVHS, where my child used to go to. The thing that made me transfer him was that 11 people were expelled in a single day for drug use. DC is a much better choice to prevent my child and your children from a dangerous environment such as the one at Castle View.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 08, 2008
Whether you're an IB, AP, or standard student, you get a premium highschool experience, both in academics and extracurriculars. I ve experienced both the standard and advanced courses, and in both I ve excelled largely due to the support of teachers and encouragement of my peers. The staff are approachable and understand students needs as individuals, provided that the student takes the initiative to succeed. The school doesn t hold your hand and tell you what to do about everything, nor should it - this is a highschool whose primary aim is to prepare students for life after college. This includes teaching students to take control of their life and education. As for the extracurriculars, there s no pressure to join sports, but the experience is excellent and builds a strong sense of teamwork and brotherhood. Nowhere else in the state can you find such a comprehensive and cohesive sense of unity and excellence.

- submitted by a student
July 11, 2007
Our son is beginning his Junior year at DCHS this August, and our family's experience with this school has been very, very positive. All of the teachers that we have met when attending parent/teacher conferences demonstrate how much they care for their students, and appear to be satisfied with their jobs at DCHS. We are especially impressed with a few outstanding educators with whom we have interacted at DCHS -- Jodene Kissler, Jeff Ketron, Scott Fellers, and Bryan Dake. These individuals' work ethic and concern for developing students' character and integrity is to be commended. Our family feels blessed to have our son be instructed by individuals of this caliber. It's been a very positive experience thus far, and we eagerly anticipate great things for our son during his remaining two years at DCHS.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
DCHS is a promising high school. High school is what you make of it. The teaching staff at DC is phenomenal. DC prepared me very well for the real world.

- submitted by a former student
February 14, 2007
I do not recomend Douglas County High School to anyone. The children there are mentally and physically abusive toward others that are not in their peer groups. The teachers don't really seem to care if a child overachieves or underachieves. We had our first two children go through high school there and didn't dare send our third there. You may want to look at other options.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
I encourage parents to look to other schools outside of Douglas County High School. If your only interest is football or the arts, this school is wonderful. However, if it's academics you're interested in, this is not the school for you. Academics at DCHS are very, very poor and no one at the school seems to care at all.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
I can not say enough great things about the performing arts section of DCHS. I graduated in 2003 and the best memories I have was when I was in the vocal music classes. Mrs. Gilbert is by far the best music teacher I have ever had or will have! Other than that this is a great school to go to. All the teachers are very supportive and are wonderful at what they do!

- submitted by a former student
January 01, 2007
This is the worst school we have ever seen. The extracurricular activities and art programs are really great however, this is not a school for education.

- submitted by a former student
November 11, 2006
I love DCHS. I went there as a freshman, but switched over to Castle View High School as a sophomore because of where I live. I miss DC so much! It is great for academics, athletics, arts, everything! I was never involved in school very much but when I went here everything was different. I had so much encouragement from peers and teachers. I even joined a sport even though I am not athletic at all. DCHS was definetely the best year of my life.

- submitted by a former student
June 03, 2006
This school is amazing. I'm proud to have three kids graduate from here.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
Great overall school. 5A 2005 State Champs in football, band was #4 in state. IB/AP program one of best in CO. Only potential problem is drug useage, but it is actually less prevelet here then at other county schools Great atmosphere, I would reccomend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a student
May 03, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 22, 2006
Douglas County High School has a magnet IB program and we have the brightest students from all around the district for that reason. If a student is above average, then he can enroll in AP classes. Success comes in many forms at DCHS from star football athletes who won 2005 State Championship game to our award winning Cheerleading squad and band. Go Huskies!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2006
Great school, The IB, AP and tech classes are excellent, There are many choices for sports, music and art.. Husky football team is #1 in the state of Colorado. The marching band is #4 in the state of Colorado. and all the other sports are very competitive with other 5A schools.. Highly recommended

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
I have been extremely happy with the extremely high quality of education and caring I have experienced at Douglas County High School. The IB program is outstanding; the variety of programs is excellent; and my son is well-prepared for college

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2005
This shcool is ok I guess it depend on who you get as your teacher. I really like some of the athletics. Especially beause we were state champs!

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2005
This is a good school with for the most part good kids. The student to teacher ratio is a bit high however which makes it hard for individual attention.

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2005
I beileve that Dougls County Highschool in most aspects is a good shcool. They have a strong art program in which I (a freshmen) throughly enjoy. They also have a wonderful athletic department which encourages us to be competetive, yet recreational. However, Im concerned with their academics. I am having problems in a few of my classes.

- submitted by a student
October 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
Pretty sweet school, a lot of kids. I see someone new everyday in the halls. Clean lunches, decent education fun classes.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2005
Douglas County is a great school. The children are very nice and kind. The academics are okay they could be better. The teacher are great they care a lot about what happens to the teens.

- submitted by a former student
November 30, 2004
I am a male student currently attending DCHS and I love it I think parents get to worked up about how are school is so bad. They should not be worried about sending there kids here. If your kids are good then let them come to DCHS because people will not force them to take drugs. And so what if there exposed to it thats the real world. If you hang with the right kids then you will have great years here. You just have to know who to hang with. Take me for example I have the best friends ever we chill every weekend doing good things. So are school is not bad at all.

- submitted by a student
November 12, 2004
My daughter recently graduated from dc and absolutely had the time of her life! it is not a drug problem school, the only problems are not enough school spirit. If students got involved like she did they would find a wonderful atmosphere and great time- you don't even have to be an athlete to enjoy it! the only problem is the excessive favoring of ib students, maybe that's why these other parents feel their children haven't recieved the attention they deserve. However, dchs is an excellent school and deserves more recognition.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2004
My daughter recently graduated from DC and she had the time of her life there! The drug problems are just as consistent with every other high school these days and the only problem is the excessive favoring of IB students. Otherwise DC is a wonderful school with great teachers and students!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2004
Very poor school. I have sent 4 children to DCHS; only 2 have actually graduated. Administration seems unable to control behavior and rampant drug use at this school. Bullying and verbal abuse is common place. Although Administration will tell you they have a 'zero tolerance', just standing in the hallways I've witnessed the behavior and observed teachers then looking the other way. The atmosphere is more prison-like than a place where all children are encouraged to learn and excel, not just the IB students and jocks. When speaking with Administration about my daughter's difficulties and possible solutions, they jump to the suggestion of my child seeking 'alternative solutions'...in other words, send your daughter somewhere else. Well, I am...along with many other parents who have pulled their children from DCHS. Want evidence? Stand outside the school and watch the kids run across the field and jump into waiting cars.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2004
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- submitted by a student
April 24, 2004
My student is self-motivated, but he has had a very good experience at DCHS. His teachers and the office staff are all very supportive of him. I have gotten to know many of the students there and they are wonderful, happy kids. There is an IB program and an advanced placement program. In particular, the football program encourages not only good athletes, but excellent character in all areas of life. They also encourage good study habits and a 'band of brothers' mentality.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2004
Terrible School. The administration seems to be unable and unwilling to control the school. Rampant drug use, uncontrolled bullying, and a lot of crimes against persons and property. The school has a very bad local reputation. Many students elect to attend other area schools and provide thier own trasportation, my daughter included.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I'm not a parent I am a student at this school. If your child is big into academics this school is good fot them. We have the IB program and the AP program. There are a lot of 'party people' at this school. Watch out for that. The biggest problem is drug use, it is growing at our school. Make sure your child knows the danger of drug use and keep close tabs on them, parents sometimes never even know the things their children are involved in.

- submitted by a student
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Douglas County High School
2842 Front St, Castle Rock, CO  80104
(303) 387-1000
Last modified Douglas County High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Douglas County High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top