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Another school year is upon us and I’m happy to share that great things are, once again, in store for our students in Durango.  We’ve worked hard to keep budget cuts as far away from our students as possible.  This last spring was a tough budget season, as the district couldn’t count on any new funding from the State of Colorado due to the constitutional crisis that continues exists.  We appreciate that our employees are returning this year, even without any cost o

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All our schools will be hosting an Open House during the month of September for students and families to get to know their school community, the programs offered at our schools, and to learn ways that they can get involved. Check out when your school(s) will be hosting their Open House below:

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Thirteen Durango High School students collaborated with students from Argentina, Australia, Iowa, and Texas to form Vulture Aviation, a theoretical aerospace company, to write a proposal for a functional settlement on Mars. In the scenario, the year was 2081 and DHS students in collaboration with 37 other students were given a request for proposal (RFP) to design Bradburyom, a settlement in Hellas Basin on Mars capable of sustaining a population of 20,000 residents.

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We're excited to welcome all our families to the new school year at our upcoming check-in dates! Each of our schools will host a check-in to take registration paperwork for new students, confirm information for returning students, and share important school information for the coming school year. This is an opportunity to sign-up for transportation services, apply for free and reduced meals, and to sign-up for school news. Check out your school's check-in date and time below:

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Interested in getting more involved in supporting the school district in the Mill Levy that will be on the ballot this fall? Contact us to learn about opportunities at 

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,500
  • 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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