Douglas County High School

Summary:

Douglas County High School is a public high school located in Castle Rock, Colorado, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 1,758 students. While the school is part of the highly-ranked Douglas County School District No. Re 1, it has seen a decline in its statewide ranking over the years and has mixed academic performance compared to its surrounding schools.

The school's racial makeup is notable, with a higher percentage of White students (69.34%) and Hispanic students (18.77%) compared to nearby schools. Academically, Douglas County High School's performance on standardized tests is mixed, with 11th-grade students scoring lower than the district and state averages in SAT Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. However, the school's Gifted and Talented program is a strength, ranking 24th out of 135 Colorado high schools in 2022-2023. In contrast, the school's performance for Special Education and Disabled students is relatively weaker.

Interestingly, the surrounding schools, such as Rock Canyon High School, Mountain Vista High School, and Legend High School, generally outperform Douglas County High School on academic measures, with higher rankings and better test scores. Additionally, the nearby Colorado Early Colleges Douglas County, a public charter school, also outperforms the district and state on academic performance.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 2842 Front Street
       Castle Rock, CO  80104-9496


(303) 387-1000

District: Douglas County School District No. Re 1

SchoolDigger Rank:
110th of 351 Colorado High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,382 Help


Feeder schools for Douglas County High School:

Elementary:    Castle Rock Elementary School
    Cherry Valley Elementary School
    Flagstone Elementary School
    Rock Ridge Elementary School
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Middle:    Mesa Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  18.6 Help
Number of students:  1,758

Racial breakdown:

White:
69.3%
Hispanic:
18.8%
Two or more races:
6.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  13.2% Help


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Compare Details Douglas County High School ranks better than 68.7% of high schools in Colorado. It also ranks 10th among 12 ranked high schools in the Douglas County School District No. Re 1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 65.87. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (69.3%), Hispanic (18.8%), two or more races (6.1%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Douglas County High School is 18.6, which is the 6th best among 12 high schools in the Douglas County School District No. Re 1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Douglas County High School is $14,382. 7 high schools in the Douglas County School District No. Re 1 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Douglas County High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Douglas County High School 110th of 351 Colorado public high schools. (See Douglas County High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Douglas County School District No. Re 1:

SchoolDigger ranks Douglas County School District No. Re 1 9th of 115 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Douglas County High School

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Rank History for all students at Douglas County High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 80.96 48th 279 82.8%
2005 80.45 48th 280 82.9%
2006 75.77 60th 286 79.0%
2007 78.08 59th 298 80.2%
2008 75.43 73rd 301 75.7%
2009 68.22 107th 310 65.5%
2010 69.64 100th 327 69.4%
2011 71.15 94th 337 72.1%
2012 74.17 75th 334 77.5%
2013 80.04 58th 349 83.4%
2014 80.15 64th 369 82.7%
2015 69.01 50th 292 82.9%
2016 55.50 68th 255 73.3%
2017 51.77 92nd 256 64.1%
2018 74.26 79th 388 79.6%
2019 74.89 87th 411 78.8%
2021 57.93 83rd 210 60.5%
2022 55.97 95th 221 57.0%
2023 65.87 110th 349 68.5%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Douglas County High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 55.15 20th 48 58.3%
2022 61.64 23rd 56 58.9%
2023 52.66 32nd 62 48.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Douglas County High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 39.58 37th 60 38.3%
2022 25.89 56th 77 27.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Douglas County High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 50.68 83rd 188 55.9%
2022 59.65 70th 203 65.5%
2023 49.84 100th 200 50.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Douglas County High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 67.50 74th 239 69.0%
2022 67.04 84th 257 67.3%
2023 64.60 86th 254 66.1%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Douglas County High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 21.21 64th 74 13.5%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Douglas County High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 74.89 13th 118 89.0%
2022 76.63 8th 108 92.6%
2023 72.46 24th 135 82.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Douglas County High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 71.92 68th 240 71.7%
2022 71.20 71st 253 71.9%
2023 61.45 96th 252 61.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Douglas County High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 66.26 46th 181 74.6%
2022 71.38 49th 205 76.1%
2023 66.67 53rd 198 73.2%
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Rank History for White students at Douglas County High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 57.10 95th 225 57.8%
2022 51.60 107th 228 53.1%
2023 41.12 133rd 234 43.2%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Colorado Department of Education

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by a parent
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Open Quote My daughter is a senior at DCHS and I have been extremely pleased with the school since her freshman year. I have no complaints what-so-ever! Great education and great tradition! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Douglas County High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 883 7 8 26 12 n/a n/a 0 936
1989 752 8 8 22 7 n/a n/a 0 797
1990 765 5 6 24 6 n/a n/a 0 806
1991 795 3 9 22 3 n/a n/a 0 832
1992 750 3 9 31 7 n/a n/a 0 800
1993 1109 5 9 36 9 n/a n/a 0 1168
1994 1202 4 8 34 9 n/a n/a 0 1257
1995 1384 4 15 41 16 n/a n/a 0 1460
1996 1384 4 15 41 16 n/a n/a 0 1460
1997 1558 6 24 57 14 n/a n/a 0 1659
1998 1602 6 21 52 10 n/a n/a 0 1691
1999 1697 8 38 60 11 n/a n/a 0 1814
2000 1764 10 38 80 7 n/a n/a 0 1899
2001 1896 15 53 80 12 n/a n/a 0 2056
2002 2142 22 63 119 23 n/a n/a 0 2369
2003 2142 22 63 119 23 n/a n/a 0 2369
2004 2158 29 81 121 32 n/a n/a 0 2421
2005 2166 27 79 165 24 n/a n/a 0 2461
2006 2234 37 96 173 24 n/a n/a 0 2564
2007 1805 43 91 148 18 n/a n/a 0 2105
2008 1681 41 84 140 17 n/a n/a 0 1963
2009 1516 38 95 147 15 n/a n/a 0 1811
2010 1442 27 100 176 17 n/a n/a 0 1762
2011 1386 15 66 238 8 4 79 0 1796
2012 1397 11 68 245 8 5 73 0 1807
2013 1418 21 65 277 11 4 80 0 1876
2014 1410 22 51 241 15 1 80 0 1820
2015 1420 21 53 259 23 5 81 0 1862
2016 1444 18 45 279 14 5 75 0 1880
2017 1448 19 47 292 8 4 75 0 1893
2018 1411 25 55 288 6 3 71 0 1859
2019 1394 26 44 284 6 1 86 0 1841
2020 1351 18 51 289 6 5 88 0 1808
2021 1330 23 51 299 7 5 102 0 1817
2022 1278 26 46 331 16 6 117 0 1820
2023 1219 33 52 330 9 7 108 0 1758

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Douglas County High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 936 61.3 15.2 n/a
1989 797 59.5 13.3 1.5
1990 806 65.1 12.3 1.7
1991 832 64.1 12.9 1.4
1992 800 57.6 13.8 1.5
1993 1168 74.5 15.7 2.9
1994 1257 72.8 17.3 2.1
1995 1460 90.9 16.1 1.7
1996 1460 90.9 16.1 1.7
1997 1659 96.0 17.3 1.5
1998 1691 103.6 16.3 1.7
1999 1814 103.6 17.5 0.9
2000 1899 119.3 15.9 1.6
2001 2056 122.7 16.8 1
2002 2369 138.8 17.1 1.8
2003 2369 138.8 17.1 1.8
2004 2421 140.4 17.2 1.7
2005 2461 143.8 17.1 2.4
2006 2564 146.2 17.5 4
2007 2105 126.7 16.6 5.4
2008 1963 115.0 17.1 5.9
2009 1811 105.9 17.1 6.6
2010 1762 97.7 18.0 7.7
2011 1796 88.1 20.3 10.3
2012 1807 88.7 20.3 11
2013 1876 83.8 22.3 13.2
2014 1820 90.5 20.1 14.2
2015 1862 93.0 20.0 9
2016 1880 97.0 19.3 13.7
2017 1893 100.4 18.8 15.4
2018 1859 94.4 19.6 14.7
2019 1841 97.4 18.8 14.3
2020 1808 100.2 18.0 15.4
2021 1817 98.2 18.4 n/a
2022 1820 98.4 18.4 13.2
2023 1758 94.2 18.6 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Douglas County High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 936 61.3 15.2 n/a
1989 797 59.5 13.3 1.5
1990 806 65.1 12.3 1.7
1991 832 64.1 12.9 1.4
1992 800 57.6 13.8 1.5
1993 1168 74.5 15.7 2.9
1994 1257 72.8 17.3 2.1
1995 1460 90.9 16.1 1.7
1996 1460 90.9 16.1 1.7
1997 1659 96.0 17.3 1.5
1998 1691 103.6 16.3 1.7
1999 1814 103.6 17.5 0.9
2000 1899 119.3 15.9 1.6
2001 2056 122.7 16.8 1
2002 2369 138.8 17.1 1.8
2003 2369 138.8 17.1 1.8
2004 2421 140.4 17.2 1.7
2005 2461 143.8 17.1 2.4
2006 2564 146.2 17.5 4
2007 2105 126.7 16.6 5.4
2008 1963 115.0 17.1 5.9
2009 1811 105.9 17.1 6.6
2010 1762 97.7 18.0 7.7
2011 1796 88.1 20.3 10.3
2012 1807 88.7 20.3 11
2013 1876 83.8 22.3 13.2
2014 1820 90.5 20.1 14.2
2015 1862 93.0 20.0 9
2016 1880 97.0 19.3 13.7
2017 1893 100.4 18.8 15.4
2018 1859 94.4 19.6 14.7
2019 1841 97.4 18.8 14.3
2020 1808 100.2 18.0 15.4
2021 1817 98.2 18.4 n/a
2022 1820 98.4 18.4 13.2
2023 1758 94.2 18.6 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Douglas County High School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $12,115
2020 $12,799
2021 $12,126
2022 $13,573
2023 $14,382

Data source: Colorado Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Douglas County High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 87th of 411 High schoolsRanks 110th of 349 High schools
 10.4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students18411758
 4.5%
African American2633
 26.9%
American Indian69
 50%
Asian4452
 18.2%
Hispanic284330
 16.2%
Pacific Islander17
 600%
White13941219
 12.6%
Two or More Races86108
 25.6%


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Douglas County High School ranks 110th of 351 Colorado high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,758 students attended Douglas County High School.

Students at Douglas County High School are 69% White, 19% Hispanic, 6% Two or more races, 3% Asian, 2% African American.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Colorado Department of Education.

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