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Durango School District 9-R is excited to partner with Durango Maker Lab and IOIO SparkShop to bring out the inner inventor in your young scientist. These new jampacked summer camps will keep your student learning and engaged with DIY activities and hands-on labs.

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On Friday, May 22nd students in the Atlas SLC at Durango High School celebrated the culmination of their cross-curricular learning with “Apocalypse Day.” The students had been participating in a common read of Max Brooks’ novel, World War Z, in which a zombie plague is chronicled around the globe through accounts from survivors.

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Since 1998, the Durango Education Foundation has been recognizing outstanding 9-R educators at a party that most years draws several hundred teachers and staff members. Hosted by Morehart Murphy Regional Auto Center, the May 14 D.E.F. 9-R Employee Appreciation Event featured donated food platters and door prizes from almost 40 local businesses. Drinks were provided by Standard Sales Beverages, Star Liquors, and Coca Cola of Durango. D.E.F. board members made the restaurant rounds to pickup and deliver the food, create the atmosphere, and provide a relaxed, fun opportunity for 9-R educators to step away from the end of year school pressures.


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Durango High School DECA recognized two business people as 2015 Friends of DECA. Each year, the Friends of DECA is awarded to two individuals in the Durango Community. This year, the award recipients are Julie Snider-Popp and Kyle Hartley. On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Julie Snider-Popp, Durango 9-R School District Public Information Officer and Marketing Director, was recognized for her outstanding work in raising DECA awareness in the Durango community.

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Earlier this month, the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado Boulder announced that Durango High School was one of 17 schools selected to receive the “School of Opportunity” designation.

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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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