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Colorado Connections Academy @ Durango, a full-time online public school authorized by the Durango School District 9-R, will host its first in-person information session on Tuesday, April 19. Colorado Connections Academy @ Durango recently announced it will begin serving students across Colorado in grades K-10 in the 2016-17 school year, with an additional grade level added each subsequent school year. Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is currently open and interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming information sessions. At this information session, families will have an opportunity to learn about the Colorado Connections Academy curriculum, meet with Connections Academy faculty and thoroughly explore the school’s program. Attendees will also find a presentation explaining the school’s personalized program, and a chance to connect with other interested families while enjoying light refreshments. A complete list of events and a link to the on-demand session are available at or by calling (800) 382-6010. 

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 School districts in southwest Colorado are working together to purchase beef from Colorado Ranchers in order to bring in healthier, sustainably produced and regionally sourced foods to our lunch programs.  The bid is due by 2:00 pm on May 16th 2016. Please click here to read the full invitation to bid. 

The following is a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all parents and students on bus route AV2. The bus will be delayed in dropping off students this afternoon, Monday, April 11, 2016 due to a scheduling issue. Please expect a 20 minute delay. If you have any questions or concerns about this delay, please contact the Transportation Department at (970) 247-5335. Thank you.

 Durango School District 9-R announces a new structure to the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA) department. The restructuring of the department is in response to the district’s continued efforts to address the needs of students and put into place supports and resources to empower our staff. Today, students must not only gain the academic skills necessary to find success, but find themselves prepared for success whether they choose to go to college, pursue a trade, go into the military, or enter the work force. These skills include the social and emotional competen

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 The 9-R Shared School Program is currently enrolling students for the 2016-17 school year.  The program is specifically designed for home school students, and offers such classes as art, drama, music, computer, Spanish and PE.

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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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