STEM School Highlands Ranch is a Douglas County School District Charter School and operates under the Enrollment Calendar of the District. For general Open Enrollment guidance through Douglas County, please visit DCSD Open Enrollment.

New Student Enrollment Process

STEM School Highlands Ranch accepts names for enrollment via our waitlist throughout the year. On December 1, we begin to pull students off of the waitlist for enrollment for the upcoming school year. Enrollment is based on grade level availability.

  • You will be given a 48-hour window to accept enrollment, so please be sure to take a school tour any Wednesday morning at 10 am so you are ready to make a prompt decision.
  • Priority will be given in this order: Founding families first, followed by siblings of current STEM students, employees, and Douglas County residents. These students will be put at the top of the waitlist.
  • Sibling priority does not guarantee enrollment if there is no grade level availability.
  • Due to waitlist priorities, we cannot release information regarding a student’s position on the waitlist.  Please do not call or email to request information regarding waitlist positions.
  • The waitlist is carried over from year to year. Names remain on the waitlist until they are placed for enrollment.
  • There are no admission requirements.
  • Once your student’s name is on the waitlist, no further action is required.
  • STEM School Highlands Ranch does not operate its waitlist like Douglas County School District Open Enrollment.

For questions, concerns or comments, please email us at info@stemk12.org.

Come Tour Our School!

Our doors are open every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for tours. There is no need to sign up. Just meet in the Secondary School Lobby. We ask that you arrive about 10 minutes early, so the group is ready to go at 10 a.m.

You will need to have your driver’s license to have a visitor badge made. Because we offer the weekly tour on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., we do not provide on-going shadowing opportunities. Please check our website for school holidays, closures or other reasons the Wednesday tour might be canceled.

How to Find Us

Parking Map

20-21 Parking Map

New and Returning Students

Please complete the Intent to Return to STEM form by December 18, 2022

Do you Intend to Return for the 2022-23 School Year?

For enrollment planning purposes, please let us know, either way, if your child plans to return to STEM School Highlands Ranch next year.

Please complete this form for each of your currently attending STEM students. If you are currently enrolled at STEM please let us know that your child is returning. You do not need to “open enroll” to remain at STEM. If your child is currently attending STEM, they will be automatically enrolled for next year. Please also complete the form if your student is planning to seek enrollment at another school so that we can have an accurate count of returning students.

Do you Have a Sibling Who Wants to Attend STEM Next Year?

Does your current STEM student have a sibling who is interested in attending STEM for the 2023-24 school year? Did you know that they have priority on our waitlist? Please add them to our waitlist now! STEM’s open enrollment is now open and we will begin notifying families of accepted spots for the 2023-24 school year beginning December 1, 2022.

Now Accepting Names for the 2023-24 School Year!

STEM is now accepting names for the waitlist for 2023-24 and beyond. Please spread the word to your family and friends. They can add their child to the waitlist here! We will begin notifying families of accepted spots beginning on December 1, 2022. Please note that STEM does not follow the Douglas County Open Enrollment process.

Intent to Attend Your Neighborhood School

If you wish to attend your neighborhood school, you must return this form to that school no later than January 5th. This will allow your child to attend that school in the fall of next year (2022-23).

Questions? Please call the Secondary Front Office at 303-683-7836 or check the website for more enrollment information.

Who to contact

Registrar: Julie Pieper (julie.pieper@stemk12.org)

Moving to out of state or to another school? Please click the buttons below to access out Withdrawl Form and our Records Release form. Both should be submitted to info@stemk12.org.

Upcoming Events

Prospective Spartan Spotlight

Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5-7 p.m.

Our Prospective Spartan Showcase Night is the community’s opportunity to see what our STEM Secondary School is all about. Our teachers and students will be on hand to showcase all of the different opportunities and offerings that are available to students in our Secondary School (grades 6-12).

We’ve invited families in fifth and eighth grade, across the district with a postcard (image to the right), but this event is open to any student/family who is interested in find out more about our sixth through 12th grades. We’ll also be showcasing our Career Discovery program, which provides High School students with career-path development and opportunities.

No sign-up is necessary so come spend an evening with us!

Prospective Spartan Showcase Postcard Front
Prospective Spartan Showcase Postcard Back