STEM School Highlands Ranch is a Douglas County School District Charter School and operates under the Enrollment Calendar of the District.

Come Tour Our School!

Our doors are open every Wednesday for tours starting at 9 a.m. for our Secondary School and at 10 a.m. for our Elementary School. There is no need to sign up. Just meet in the Secondary School Lobby (West side of school) for the Secondary School tour at 9 a.m. or in the Elementary School Lobby (East side of school) at 10 a.m. for the Elementary School Tour. We ask that you arrive about 10 minutes early so the group is ready to go on time.

You will need to have your driver’s license to have a visitor badge made. Please check our website for school holidays, closures or other reasons the Wednesday tour might be canceled.

How to Find Us

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20-21 Parking Map

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 [email protected].

New and Returning Students

Please complete the Intent to Return to STEM form by Friday, Dec. 16, 2022

Do you Intend to Return for the 2023-24 School Year?

It’s that time of year! We’re starting to prepare for the 2023-24 School Year and we need our CURRENT STEM Families to complete the Intent to Return/Not Return process.

This information will help our Leadership Team plan for the new school year as it pertains to budgeting, facility use, staffing and more. This process also helps us to know how many new students we will have openings for in the upcoming school year so that we can invite students off our waitlist.

Please complete the form via the button below for each of your CURRENTLY ATTENDING STEM students so that we know your student is either returning or not returning to STEM. Completing the form does not require your student to attend STEM for next year should you change your enrollment plans.

Current Families with Siblings Wanting to Attend STEM

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 by clicking the button below. STEM’s open enrollment is open and we will begin notifying families of accepted spots for the 2023-24 school year beginning December 1, 2022.

DCSD Open Enrollment Window Information

The Douglas County School District’s Open Enrollment Window is now open, however current STEM families who wish to stay at STEM for next year DO NOT complete that process. Your student(s) will be automatically enrolled. The DCSD Open Enrollment Process (via their website) is if your student is interested in attending their neighborhood school, or another school that uses the DCSD Open Enrollment Process.

The First Round of the Open Enrollment Window for DCSD will close on December 1 at 4 p.m. The Second Round of the Open Enrollment Window will open on January 23 at 8 a.m. and close on August 1, 2023, at 4 p.m.

(Note: Parents of any students who wish to go back to their neighborhood middle school for their 7th-grade year must file an intent to return form, by January 10, 2023; applicable also for parents of 6th-grade students whose attendance area is within the Cimarron Middle School, Rocky Heights Middle School and Sagewood Middle School boundaries.)

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.

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 [email protected].