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Congratulations to all the seniors who graduated Durango Big Picture High School last night. We're excited to see Big Picture graduate their third class. DBPHS has a thriving and vibrant community of students and advisors, and it was great to celebrate them all last night. We wish them all the best as they start the next chapter of their lives! 

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Sunnyside Elementary was highlighted at the most recent school board meeting. Principal Vanessa Fisher celebrated the work of students Braedy S., Wyatt B., Lilly F., Nizhoni B., Henry J., Acelynn S., Sierra J., and Kinley A.

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The Durango Aerospace Design Team has placed first in the National Space Settlement Design Competition for their latest design proposal. By winning this competition, they have secured an invitation to the World Design Finals held at NASA this July and a chance to win their sixth World Championship title. 

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This year two students from Durango High School DECA competed in the 68th annual International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta, Ga. DHS students Charles McClung and Joaquin Valdez presented their 30-page business plan for Black Bear Mountaineering in the Entrepreneurship Written event. The students earned the right to compete at DECA ICDC by placing 5th at the Colorado DECA State Leadership Conference earlier this year.

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Yesterday, Florida Mesa Elementary Principal Lauri Kloepfer was presented a proclamation declaring May 20th Lauri Kloepfer Day in Colorado. The proclamation was presented by the Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia made on behalf of Governor John W. Hickenlooper.

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,600
  • 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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