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Durango School District 9-R authorized a new, public online school, Colorado Connections Academy @ Durango. The full-time online public school, authorized by the Durango School District 9-R and certified by the State Board of Education and the Colorado Department of Education, will serve students in all grades from across Colorado. Colorado Connections Academy @ Durango will begin serving students in grades K-10 in the 2016-17 school year, with an additional grade level added each subsequent school year. The new school will deliver technology enhanced, tuition-free, public school online to students statewide. 

Read the full press release here.

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Durango School District 9-R is excited to release our new "Budget for Excellence: A Guide to Understanding Durango School District 9-R's Budget", which helps explain the complexities of school financing. This new guide answers commonly asked questions like:

What is the negative factor?

How are school budgets determined?

How have 3A Mill Levy Funds been used?

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The following is a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R to all parents, students, and staff on Bus Route DW1.  Bus Route DW1 is delayed 15 minutes this morning due to weather. If your child is late to class due to the bus delays, he or she will not be marked tardy.

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On Friday, February 26th, students from Durango High School showed off their skills in crime scene investigation, carpentry, architectural design and more at the District 8 SkillsUSA Championships hosted by Bayfield High School and their local SkillsUSA Chapter. The championships featured six active contests that required the engagement and efforts of our local industry professionals to create and judge these authentic contests.

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” wrote Dr. Seuss in Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and the students in Tina Henderson’s kindergarten class took those words to heart as they celebrated their very own Dr. Seuss week. This past Wednesday, March 2, 2016 would have been the author’s 112th birthday. Ms. Henderson celebrated with her students by incorporating his books into math exercises, a cooking project, art projects, and much more.

Here is a look at a few of the books they read and some of the projects that went along with them:

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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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