• Pradera Douglas Country District Schools for kids in Parker and Castle Rock

Send them off with a lunch, a backpack - and a sigh of relief.

The Douglas County School District is one of the best around.

No, that happy feeling you have inside isn't because they're leaving. It's because of where they're going. From elementary through high school, Pradera children attend highly respected Douglas County Schools, which means parents can relax and know their kids are getting a great education: one that's only minutes away, making the early morning rush out the door a little easier.

The Douglas County School District is a leader in Colorado's public education, outpacing state performance in every grade and on every subject tested by the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP). Douglas County students exceed the state average by 12 to 21 percentage points. And students continue to widen the gap.

Support and coordination can be found at the district level, but each school has the flexibility to build its own instructional programs. Parents at Pradera can choose from a variety of elementary schools with open enrollment, charter schools, instruction for gifted and talented students, magnet schools, an International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement courses and many other special programs. And the district champions a well-researched, integrated and standards-based curriculum, a rich array of extracurricular offerings and strong community involvement.

Currently, Pradera children attend these nearby Douglas County schools:

Mountain View Elementary School

8502 E. Pinery Pkwy
Parker, CO 80134



Northeast Elementary (4-6)

6598 N. Highway 83
Parker, CO 80134



Sagewood Middle School

4725 Fox Sparrow Rd
Parker, CO 80134



Ponderosa High School

7007 E. Bayou Gulch Rd
Parker, CO 80134



For information about before- and after-school childcare programs, contact the Douglas County School District at 303-688-3195.