• Parent Resources
  • Language
  • Personalized Learning

    Ensuring physically safe learning environments

  • We tailor learning for our students needs

    Regardless of where your student is in the learning spectrum DCSD personalizes their learning.

  • Educational needs are met for all students

    We serve all students

  • Student Wellness

    Psychological Safety and Wellness

Department Contact

Personalized Learning

Nancy Ingalls
Personalized Learning Officer

Judy Cable

Administrative Assistant

620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303-387-0077
Fax: 303-387-0118

Personalized Learning

Special Education / Section 504
Student Focused, Service Oriented

The Special Education Department provides a variety of quality educational programs dedicated to meet the unique needs of all learners by creating optimum learning experiences and providing a world class education supported through research-based interventions and quality staff development.

Universal Services: Services that are afforded to all students who are entitled to special education services as identified in the student’s Individualized Education Program.

Targeted Services: Services that are afforded to a targeted population of students who require a higher level of support than those who benefit from universal services alone.

Intensive Services: Services that are afforded to a population of students who require a higher level of support
than those who benefit from universal and targeted services alone.


Special Education/Section 504

What you can expect from us

-The Douglas County School District Special Education Department provides instructional and programming support and professional development.

-The Special Education Department oversees the administration of Section 504.

-Universal and targeted special education support and services are delivered at all school sites within the framework of moderate needs support and itinerant services.

-Consistent with our mission of empowering all students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction & services, the Special Education Department also provides an intensive level of support in center-based programs for students who experience significant support needs, serious emotional disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing, and autism.

Educational Programming: Providing Programming for a Full Continuum of Learners

The Educational Programming department is committed to supporting gifted and high potential learners, English Learners, and Literacy interventions through a Multi-tiered System of Supports.


We know the learner voice is central to sustainable learning that lasts a lifetime. Learner strengths and interests are an integral part of a positive, engaging learning environment. We are committed to supporting a continuum of services that is based on personalized learning opportunities!


What you can expect from us

English Language Development

World-class educational opportunities for English Learners resulting in globally competitive community members

Gifted and Talented

World-class educational opportunities for gifted learners who have demonstrated abilities that require differentiated programming to reach their full potential

Literacy Interventions

World-class educational opportunities for all learners to produce sustainable learning in order to reach their full potential


Early Childhood Education

DCSD Early Childhood Education provides services and programs for the District’s youngest learners.

Our program has a 30-year history of providing an innovative and effective learning environment that has proven to positively impact long-term academic achievement and social development.  Serving kids three to five years old.


Child Find
Child Find is part of the district's Special Education program. We act as a resource for families who are residents of Douglas County. Our Child Find teams offer developmental assessments at no charge to young children from birth through age five.


Early Childhood Education

What you can expect from us

-Our department values the uniqueness and learning potential of every student

-Our department values the role of families in the education of their children

-Our department embraces inclusive learning communities where staff, students and families discover and grow together

Health and Wellness



The Wellness Department champions students’ health, wellness and safety to ensure learners reach their full potential.


The Health and Wellness Department advocates, collaborates and educates to advance and promote the social-emotional, physical and psychological safety and well-being of all student.   

About our Department:

We recognize the link between good health of the student, mind, body and spirit, and academic success and safety.  We use a three-tiered approach to serving our stakeholders.  Parents can expect a multi tiered system of support that promotes students’ health and wellness growth.


Health and Wellness

What you can expect from us

-Universal/Prevention: Promotes an environment that sends messages of hope, good health, and empowerment to all students.

-Targeted: Focuses on helping students who need additional support in order to reach and/or maintain health and well being.

-Intensive: Applies when significant barriers to learning and/or safety are present. These efforts require an accurate picture of the current state, safety planning, and skill development for students and /or staff as well as connecting families to additional resources.

Title and Grants

The Title and Grants Office develops and manages supplemental funding opportunities in support of the District Strategic Plan.

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is the 2002 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).  The Douglas County School District receives formula funds from the federal government through the Colorado Department of Education in order to carry through with the requirements of NCLB for the following programs: 

Title I, Part A: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged is the largest federal education program for elementary and secondary schools.  The funds for this part are targeted to high-poverty schools and used to provide supplementary educational services – usually in reading/language arts and math – to students who are educationally disadvantaged or at risk of failing to meet the state content standards.

Title II, Part A: Improving Teacher Quality provides grants to increase student academic achievement by improving teacher quality and getting more highly qualified teachers and principals into schools. 

Title III, Part A: Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students develops supplemental educational programs that will help ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) children, including immigrant children, attain English proficiency, succeed at core academic subjects, and meet the same state academic content and student achievement standards expected of all children. 

Title I is the largest federal formula grant supporting elementary and secondary education and targets resources to the districts and schools where the needs are the greatest as determined by poverty rates.  Funding received under Title I is intended to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education by challenging students to meet high standards.  These funds are used to accelerate reading and math achievement for students who are below grade level in reading and math by providing additional instructional resources beyond those available in a regular classroom setting.    Title I schools are selected based on the percentage of students on free and reduced lunch. Once a school qualifies to be a Title I school, students are selected for services based on their level of achievement.

Title I Programs

  • work closely to coordinate interventions with regular classroom instruction; 
  • strive to help students become proficient in reading and math by scheduling support instruction beyond the regular classroom;
  • help students meet state and district standards;
  • foster a positive attitude toward learning;
  • instill life-long learning skills;
  • assists students in discovering how they learn;
  • support Pre-school programs, especially those feeding into Title I schools;
  • provide highly qualified teachers;
  • encourage parental involvement to help parents understand and take part in the school’s efforts with their child, learn how to help children succeed in school, and be an involved partner.

Title I Schools in Douglas County School District:

  • Hope Online Elementary School
  • Hope Online Middle School
  • Hope Online High School
  • Sedalia Elementary
  • SouthRidge Elementary 

What you can expect from us

-Fiscally responsible grant budget management practices 

-Full compliance with federal and state laws and grant regulations

-Effective implementation and evaluation of supplemental grant programming

-Comprehensive support during all phases of grant procurement, development and  execution