At STEM School Highlands Ranch we put innovation at the center of learning to unleash the potential of all students and prepare them for an exponentially changing world.
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.
The Student/Parent Handbook is the ultimate resource for all of our families. Click the button below to download the Handbook.
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.
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:
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.
BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR:
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 http://www.myschoolapps.com. 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 dr-photo.com, 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
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.
Click the button below to access the prepayment site for the Elementary Yearbook. Soft Cover books are $20 and Hard Cover books are $30.
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.
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.
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.