D.C. Oakes HS is an Alternative School of Choice

D.C. Oakes HS is an Alternative School of Choice
Posted on 10/07/2022

Daniel C. Oakes High School is an alternative school of choice for students to earn their high school diploma. The school offers smaller class sizes, personal connection with peers and staff, and prides itself on a sense of community and family. Daniel C. Oakes High School, located in Castle Rock, is dedicated to providing an instructional, community atmosphere focused on personalized instruction. D.C. Oakes staff take pride in knowing that they can rekindle a student's desire and passion to learn. It happens every year.

Students are not assigned to attend the school, rather, they choose to apply and interview, and the principal offers enrollment to students he believes would find success at Daniel C. Oakes. Curriculum highlights include field trips so students can dive deeper into learning more about what they’re studying; outdoor education where students can connect with their teachers, peers, and nature; and unique clubs like Fish Club and Vinyl Club. 

The school enrolls new students from its applicant pool each quarter (July, October, January, April). Students must be at least 16 years old and have attempted at least one full year at a traditional high school. If you, or your student, has struggled with education in a traditional high school setting, see if D.C. Oakes High School might be a good fit.
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