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Educational choice is a wonderful and unique aspect to our small town. From innovative public schools, to a variety of private and parochial schools, to rigorous charter schools and many higher education oppor-tunities, Durango-area schools offer choices, diverse curriculum and opportunities for every family from preschool through higher education.

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Thanks to a generous grant from Durango Friends of the Arts and The Community Foundation, 9-R elementary students have been able to dance, wiggle and giggle in "Zumba Kids." Sara Illsley and Karla Sluis offered the after school program for free to our K-5 students at Animas Valley, Fort Lewis Mesa and Florida Mesa elementary schools.

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This spring 9-R elementary students participated in the annual 5210 Health Challenge. Students are challenged to record and strive toward eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 servings of sweetened beverages. The Wellness Teams at each elementary school organize and promote this annual challenge as a way to reinforce and practice the health standards related to nutrition and fitness. This year the schools were asked to conduct simple pre/post assessments which showed that this simple challenge is getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, decrease their screen time and drink more healthy beverages.

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While reading Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Durango High School ninth grade students in the Basecamp SLC took some wheelchairs and crutches to Fassbinder Park to check out its new and improved accessibility. The students were frustrated by what they experienced and began to research truly inclusive play structures. They used their research to develop a proposal for the City of Durango to develop a more inclusive playground.

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On behalf of Durango School District 9-R, the Board of Education would like to thank Durango Education Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Testa and Board members Robert Dawes, Jean Thweatt, Margie Sittner, Mary Stengel, Matt Aupperle, Joann Hards, Pat Murphy, Ryan Phelps, Jerry Poer, Brady Rowland, Gretchen Wilson and Holly Zink for their extraordinary work in organizing the C.A.F.E.

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,600
  • Teachers: 294
    • 12 Years Avg Experience
    • 61% with Master's Degree
  • Support Staff: 193
  • Schools:
    • 7 Elementary Schools
    • 2 Middle Schools
    • 2 High Schools
    • Area Served: 1,039 sq miles

Our Mission

The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

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