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Our Schools

9-R's rural schools, Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary, Florida Mesa Elementary, and Animas Valley serve as community centers for their farming, ranching, and urban neighbors. Similarly, each of the in-town elementary schools, Park, Needham, and Riverview, also reflect their neighborhoods' unique character and history.

Miller Middle School, in the heart of Durango, is the next step for students from Animas, Needham, and Riverview on the north end of the district; and Escalante Middle School to the south, accepts students from Florida Mesa, Fort Lewis Mesa, Park, and Sunnyside.

Durango Big Picture High School is our newest and most innovative school in the District. It is dedicated to “educating one student at a time” and utilizes a non-traditional education setting where students use their own interests to guide their educational path. Learning is driven through student internships two days in the community and supported in advisory “classes” three days at school.

Durango High School, the only four-year high school in the district, is the pride of the community. Its comprehensive curriculum is designed to prepare all students for post-secondary education while its career and technical education, business, and fine arts programs offer students a wealth of opportunities.

Elementary Schools
School School Mascot Principal School Phone School Fax
Animas Valley Elementary Husky Lisa Schuba (970) 247-0124 (970) 385-1183
Florida Mesa Elementary Mustang Lauri Kloepfer (970) 247-4250 (970) 385-7453
Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary Roadrunner John Marchino (970) 588-3331 (970) 588-3629
Needham Elementary Wildcat David Tanaka (970) 247-4791 (970) 247-3388
Park Elementary Panthers Kathleen Lau (970) 247-3718 (970) 385-1492
Riverview Elementary Eagles Doug Geygan (970) 247-3862 (970) 247-4761
Sunnyside Elementary Bulldogs Vanessa Fisher (970) 259-5249 (970) 382-2953
High Schools
School School Mascot Principal School Phone School Fax
Durango Big Picture High School Badger Alain Henry (970) 259-0203 (970) 382-0588
Durango High School Demons Leanne Garcia (970) 259-1630 (970) 385-1493
Middle Schools
School School Mascot Principal School Phone School Fax
Escalante Middle School Eagles Tim Arnold (970) 247-9490 (970) 385-1194
Miller Middle School Angels Tam Smith (970) 247-1418 (970) 385-1191

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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