Getting Informed at STEM

Informed families are empowered families. We want to make it as easy as possible for families to access all of the information needed to help their students have the best experience possible. This page includes information about the  Student/Parent Handbook, our newsletters and more.

Student/Parent Handbook

The Student/Parent Handbook is the ultimate resource for all of our families. Click the button below to download the Handbook.

Parking at STEM

Parking on campus is limited so it is very important that students who drive to campus have a parking permit. Parking off campus is not encouraged as it negatively impacts our neighbors and we ask all of students to help us be good neighbors.

Due to the limited number of spaces available, 10th through 12th grade students take part in a Parking Pass Lottery that takes place over the summer. Cost for a pass is $50 and must be paid (along with all STEM Enrollment Fees) at the start of the school so that the pass can be issued. Payment must be made through Express Check-In in the Parent Portal. Passes can be picked up in the Middle School Office.

You must also have the following when you pick-up a pass:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proof of insurance
  • License plate number
  • Vehicle Make/Model

Transportation Management Plan

To ensure the safety of the students and to fulfill the commitment to the neighborhood in managing the traffic and parking impacts, the STEM School Highlands Ranch has developed this transportation management plan (TMP). The Plan identifies policies, procedures and improvements to provide safe and efficient access to the school for parents, students and staff and to mitigate potential traffic and parking impacts on the adjacent business park neighborhood.

Additional Resources

The food service program at STEM is provided by the Douglas County School District Nutrition Services. They are committed to providing the highest quality meals for your child. Research shows a student who eats breakfast has improved attendance, is more attentive, better behaved and has an increased energy level.  All of these elements are tied to academic success.

School Meals are Safe, Nutritious and Balanced. Food safety is a priority. We have implemented a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Program throughout the District to reduce the chance of a foodborne illness event. Temperatures of all food products are monitored throughout production and service.
School meals contain 30% or less of total calories from fat, less than 10% total calories from saturated fat, and contain at least 1/3 of Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for protein, Vitamins A, C, Iron, Calcium and calories.

School Lunch Menus

Grades K-5 Grades 6-12
Lunch Lunch

Cost of Lunch

The cost of lunch is $3.25.  Elementary and Middle School lunches contain an entree, milk and the student’s choice of fruit/vegetable or both. If neither a fruit or a vegetable are taken, everything will be priced as separate a la carte items.
Payment Options
  • is an online payment portal especially designed to allow parents to make quick and easy online payments to the children’s school accounts. The system allows parents to manage their children’s lunch accounts quickly and easily.
  • Pay with a Credit Card
  • Check Your Child’s Account Balance
  • See What Your Child is Eating
  • Receive Account Balance Alerts
  • Sign up today!
  • Nutrition Services also accept checks. Please be sure your student’s name and ID number are on the check.

Additional Information

Students who purchase a lunch choose their food and stop at the register for payment. They will use a pin pad to punch their student ID number into the system. A screen on the monitor appears with the student’s name and photo. The cashier will enter the items purchased and the student will be on his/her way. It would be very helpful for your student to learn his/her ID prior to the upcoming year.

Parents are Welcome at Lunch

We invite our parent and families to come and see how school lunch has changed. Parents are always welcome! We are proud of our program and our hardworking employees and we encourage you to eat with your child. DCSD Nutrition Services invites all parents to have lunch with their children at any time during the school year. The cost is just $3.75 for and an adult meal without milk; with milk, the price is $4.25. We hope to see you soon!

Douglas County School District Nutrition Services

(303) 387-0320 | | 2812 N. Highway 85, Bldg E, Castle Rock, CO
Below is a letter from the DCSD with information about the Free and Reduced Lunch services.

School Pictures

  • Student pictures will be on August 21st & 22nd
  • Elementary students will go with their homeroom teachers on Wednesday 8/21
  • Secondary students will go with their study hall teachers on  8/21 & 8/22
  • If a student does NOT have a study hall, they will need to go to the gym to have their photo taken on their free period, or their lunch hour. They will not be called down.
  • Here is the link that can be used to order photos.

Picture Retake Day

Monday, October 7th will be picture re-takes.

This day is for students that have not yet had their school photo taken, or that choose to have a retake.

  • Students will be taken down in a group if they are signed up.
  • Parents must sign their student up on this form to have a photo taken
Secondary (Middle & High School)
  • Students wanting a photo will go during their study hall, advisement, or during their lunch break (till 1 p.m).

If you are unsatisfied with your picture package for any reason and were unable to attend picture retake day, you can contact DR Photo directly at 303-346-2772 or to arrange a retake at their studio located 5 mins from the school campus. DR Photo guarantees all picture packages for 100% satisfaction and are happy to retake your photo for no additional charge.

  • Photo proofs (from first round) are available for viewing online at  Retake proofs will be available in 2-3 weeks.

  • To access your proofs, select the green button at the bottom of the page that says School Portrait Proof.

  • When prompted for a password please enter your student ID number.

  • Orders are accepted through the end of the school year, but orders placed after 10/19 will be subject to a late processing fee that applies to shipping your order to your home.

  • If you have any issues or concerns with your ordered picture package, please contact DR Photo directly at 303-346-2772 or

Elementary Yearbook Information

The health and safety of our students is a top priority at STEM School Highlands Ranch. Our full-time registered nurse not only handles the daily bumps and bruises with ease, but she is also qualified to monitor ongoing health concerns. It’s all in a day’s work at our health services office, located in the Middle School offices.

Flu Shot Clinic

Shoo The Flu Vaccine Clinic will be held this year at STEM on Thursday, September 19, 2019. This will be held in the Middle School Health Room from 7:30 – 8 a.m.
  • Before you sign up: Please review the Vaccine Information Sheet  prior to signing up for the shot. The Flu Consent Form form must also be completed prior to receiving your flu shot.
  • Sign up: Please fill out the sign up sheet if you would like to participate. Flu Vaccines are available in schools throughout the Douglas County School District.  If you cannot make the date scheduled at STEM School Highlands Ranch, please review the DCSD Flu Vaccine Clinic Schedule.
  • Before you arrive: Please have the consent form completed and your insurance card ready before arriving at the clinic. Add your name to the sign up sheet above if you want the vaccine. The high dose vaccine is for adults 65 and older. The “Shot” is for individuals ages 4-64. Circle the vaccine that applies to you. Again, the flumist vaccine is not available this year.

School Health Policies

STEM School Highlands Ranch follows the same immunizations policies as the Douglas County School District. You must have your immunization forms on file prior to the start of school.

Over the Counter and Prescription Medication Policies

STEM School Highlands Ranch has different policies for each grade level regarding over the counter and prescription medications on campus. Please link below for the appropriate grade level of your student.

Prescription and Over the Counter Policies

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and hearing screenings are held each year at STEM School Highlands Ranch.  You will be notified in the coming months when they will be scheduled for this year.

2020-21 Elementary Yearbooks are ready for pick up!

Families can begin picking up their yearbooks from the Middle School Office on Wednesday, July 14, Wednesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 28. Hours for pick up are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The students can also get their yearbook when school starts on Tuesday, Aug. 10 from the Elementary School Office. We have a few extras, so if you are interested in buying one click the button below.

Secondary Yearbook Information

2020-21 Secondary Yearbooks are ready for pick up!

Families can begin picking up their yearbooks from the Middle School Office on Wednesday, July 14, Wednesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 28. Hours for pick up are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you can’t make any of these dates, we will provide additional dates for yearbook pick up soon. If you didn’t purchase a yearbook and would still like to, we have a limited supply still available. Please bring a check for $55 to the Middle School Office to purchase your yearbook.

Senior Yearbooks Update! If you moved out of state, please email your new address to so we can mail it to you. 2021 Seniors can pick up their yearbooks from the Middle School Front Office during the times listed above.

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