City Facts

Highlands Ranch is a 22,000-acre master-planned community founded in 1981. The community has a population of 96,000 people.

Highlands Ranch is located 12 miles south of Denver in Douglas County and offers a wonderful quality of life and opportunities for an active lifestyle.

School District

Students residing in Highlands Ranch are within the Douglas County School District RE1.

The Douglas County School District is Colorado’s third-largest school district, serving more than 68,000 students in preschool through twelfth-grade.

Total numberSchools
89Schools
48Elementary Schools
9Middle Schools
9High Schools
5Alternative Schools
18Charter School
Plus 65 Preschool locations

8,400 Employees, 4,400+ are educators.
2017-2018 General Fund Budgeted Revenue: $680,000,000

GRADUATION RATE: DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. Four-year graduation rates have risen steadily from 83.1% in 2010 to 90.4% in 2017.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO DCSD STUDENTS: The Class of 2017 earned scholarships totaling more than $82,000,000.

Neighborhood Activities

Go fishing at Redstone Park Pond, or one of Highlands Ranch’s other great fishing spots. Kids younger than 16 do not need a fishing license, according to regulations from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Go geocaching and find some hidden stashes.

Hit the trail on your bicycle.

Catch crawdads at Fly’n B Park or walk along the nearby Highline Canal trail.

Rent a picnic pack of games, such as Lawn Games or Field Day Fun, to play at a park or in your yard. Just call Pam Moisey at 720-240-5932.

Play horseshoes or bocce at Paintbrush Park. Equipment rentals are available for residents for $10/day.

Pack a picnic and enjoy a beautiful Colorado sunset from Red-tail Park. Enjoy the views to the west.

Visit one of the four dog parks with your furry friend and play fetch with a frisbee.

Improve your swing at the Batter Up! batting cages at Redstone Park.

Take a free tour of the Highlands Ranch Mansion during open hours. Print out our Kids Guide and fill it out during your visit.

Try one of Lebsack Tennis Center’s drop-in classes.

Visit the Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument and learn about our community’s heroes.

Play basketball or a game of HORSE.

Go for a walk through Cheese Ranch Historic and Natural Area and learn about local history.

Grab binoculars and go for early morning bird watching hike in the open space.

Learn to skate at Redstone Skate Park.

Enjoy a gardening day, either inside using containers or out in the yard. Need more inspiration? Visit one of the three community gardens around Highlands Ranch.

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