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For the first time in nine years, our in town elementary schools had to deny parent requests to open enroll students. With increased enrollment at our in town schools, a new parent group called the Durango Schools of Choice was created to respond to the community's shared interest in developing a new elementary school of choice. The group has applied for the creation of a new elementary charter school with the 9-R School Board.

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The Durango High School Aerospace Design Team has a history of accomplishing great things, which has garnered them honors from the Colorado State Board of Education. The team was featured in the board's "Recognition of Colorado's Outstanding Students" earlier this week.

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As we continue to celebrate Safe Schools Month, let's learn more about the standard response protocol, used by school districts, fire departments and police departments throughout the country, to help reinforce a safe school environment for staff and students. It's important to know the protocols used, and to stay home, stay informed and be ready!

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Escalante Middle School invites the public to their 5th Annual “Empty Bowls” Dinner on Thursday, October 9th at 5:30pm. The idea behind the “Empty Bowls” is for participants (Escalante Art Students, and select 6th grade students) to create ceramic bowls and serve a simple meal of soup and bread to raise money for a hunger fighting cause.

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The all new Bravo! Award celebrates employees making a difference. This award recognizes our employees who go above and beyond expectations to serve a child, a family, a school or department, or their peers. Once a month we draw a name from that month's Bravo! Award recipients to receive a $20 gift certificate from Zia Taqueria. This month the nominees were:

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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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