Fully Inclusive IB Program

Because We Are an IB World School

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South Ridge Elementary is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school. While many are familiar with the IB program at Douglas County High School, The Diploma Program (DP), the Primary Years Programme (PYP) might be new to you. Both programs share a common philosophy, although the program at DCHS is a within-a-school model. In other words, not all students participate in the program. The elementary program is inclusive of all our students, kindergarten through fifth grade.

A driving force behind the PYP is a philosophy of international education. This education values opportunity for students to learn about the world around them. Furthermore, students are provided with opportunities to build meaning and refine understanding through structured inquiry.

The IB program aims to develop "inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect." This is the mission of the IB program, and it translates into a set of learning outcomes referred to as the IB Learner Profile. The ten attributes of the Learner Profile express the values of an IB education, a set of ideals toward which both students and adults can strive. The Learner Profile states that all IB learners strive to be: caring, principled, balanced, reflective, inquirers, open-minded, risk-takers, communicators, knowledgeable, and thinkers.

The staff at South Ridge Elementary is looking forward to providing more international education and teaching the whole person: socially, emotionally, personally, and intellectually. For more information, contact Lesli Unger [email protected] or 303-387-5075 or visit the International Baccalaureate Organization's Website.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.

NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records by email to [email protected]