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While reading Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Durango High School ninth grade students in the Basecamp SLC took some wheelchairs and crutches to Fassbinder Park to check out its new and improved accessibility. The students were frustrated by what they experienced and began to research truly inclusive play structures. They used their research to develop a proposal for the City of Durango to develop a more inclusive playground.

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On behalf of Durango School District 9-R, the Board of Education would like to thank Durango Education Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Testa and Board members Robert Dawes, Jean Thweatt, Margie Sittner, Mary Stengel, Matt Aupperle, Joann Hards, Pat Murphy, Ryan Phelps, Jerry Poer, Brady Rowland, Gretchen Wilson and Holly Zink for their extraordinary work in organizing the C.A.F.E.

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This very special day celebrates everyone's abilities.  Students from around the region come to Escalante Middle School for a day of track and field events that are accessible for all students.   Everyone is a winner at the Bowker Games!
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The Frozones, a team from Riverview Elementary, came in first out of 36 teams that competed in the scientific challenge for the state competition of Destination Imagination.

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You're invited to attend the 5th grade open house, which provides the opportunity for incoming 6th grade students and families to learn about Escalante - Durango's Expeditionary Learning Middle School.  Meet the principal, counselors, and teachers, and learn about the characteristics that make Escalante a unique and great school for children. The event is on May 1, from 6-7pm.

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,227
  • 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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