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.

Technology Support

The Technology Support Team helps to support all of the technology needs of our students and staff, while also assisting our families with getting connected.

Additional Resources

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.

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

Lunch is currently FREE for the remainder of the 2021-22 School Year. The student must take a fruit or vegetable to make a reimbursable meal. There will be additional ala carte items available for purchase which would include second entrees.

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.

Volunteer to Serve Lunches for DCSD

Help Feed our DCSD Students by signing up to volunteer at one of our schools. Shifts will generally be from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (depending on the school. Click here to sign-up.

Free and Reduced Lunch Program


Families are required to complete a new application each school year, unless you have received a letter of notification that your child was directly certified for the 2021-2022 school year. If your child received meal benefits for the 2020-2021 school year with Douglas County School District, meal benefits will continue for up to 30 days, allowing parents to reapply for benefits in the 2021-2022 school year. A new application must be submitted and approved by the expiration of the carryover date.

This year, Douglas County School District will provide breakfast and lunch to all students free of charge, regardless of the child’s free or reduced-price meal benefit status. However, it is still highly encouraged that families continue to complete and submit free and reduced-price meal applications.

The submission of a free and reduced-price meal application and subsequent determination of benefits goes beyond eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. Based on your application, you could be eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. P-EBT is a program that provides cash-like benefits to purchase groceries for students to replace meals they would have normally received when in-person at school during the pandemic. In addition, submitting an application also helps ensure students receive the maximum amount of benefits they are eligible for, including discounts on school fees and bus passes. It also ensures schools also receive additional resources to support healthy meals for students and afterschool programs.

Please apply online at If you are in need of a paper application, please contact your school bookkeeper or Susan Babineau at 303-387-0368. All applications are available in both English and Spanish. All applications are available in both English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. If another language is needed, contact Susan Babineau.

If approved for meal benefits, and the release to share information for Medicaid or other school fees was NOT elected on the application and you would like to share this information, please complete the Information Release form that can be found by clicking on the Free & Reduced tab above and choosing the tab: Information Release and send it to DCSD NS, 2812 N SH 85 Bldg., Castle Rock, CO 80109. Some charter schools have alternative policies regarding transportation fees. Please check with your individual school to see the policy on transportation fees.

For information regarding Immigrant and Refugee Status applications, please click HERE.

Para obtener información sobre las solicitudes de Inmigrante y Estado de Refugiado, haga clic AQUÍ.

Families can access their photos by visiting the link below or going to, selecting the School Portrait Proofs link, and when prompted enter their private password in the following format: Student ID#

Friday, Oct. 8 – Photo Retake Day

  • Elementary students will go in small groups with their homeroom teacher.
    • Parents MUST sign-up their Elementary Student for retakes (so that we know which student will need to go down with an EA to have their picture taken)
  • Secondary students will go during their study hall.
    • If a student does NOT have a study hall, they can get their photo during their lunch break.

For virtual students, appointments will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. from September 14 – October 21. Click the link to the right to schedule your appointment.

Elementary Yearbooks

Elementary Yearbooks are Now on Sale!

Click the button below to access the prepayment site for the Elementary Yearbook. Soft Cover books are $20 and Hard Cover books are $30.

Secondary Yearbooks

STEM School Highlands Ranch_2023 Senior Important Yearbook Dates and Deadlines
STEM School Highlands Ranch_2023 Yearbook Sales
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. Submit any questions and/or important health-related forms to

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.
For the 2021-22 School Year

Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the process of filing a nonmedical exemption will change. There will be two ways to file a non-medical exemption.

  1. File the certificate of non-medical exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider to our School Nurse, OR
  2. File the certificate of non-medical exemption received upon the completion of our Online Immunization Education Module to our School Nurse.

Parents of students in grades K-12 claiming a non-medical exemption must file one annually. Non-medical exemptions expire June 30 each year. If you submit a non-medical exemption on or before June 30, it will not be valid for the upcoming school year unless you signed the exemption during early registration.

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.