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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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!
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~
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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