Our Schools & Departments
Durango 9-R has eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. We also have shared schooling and online options for students. See a list of our schools and links to their websites here.
Our district departments are here to serve our students, staff, and families. Learn more about how each department supports the 9-R community on our District Departments page.
The Durango School District 9-R Board of Education, administration, and staff are committed to creating a resilient and safe learning environment for all students on all our school campuses.
Ensuring that our schools are safe and secure places for our students and staffs is a shared expectation and responsibility. School districts need the community and most importantly the school families to advocate school safety, as well.
Learn about our emergency operations plans, the Standard Response Protocol, school safety, Safe2Tell and other resources on our School Safety page.
Awarding a high school diploma based on the accumulation of credit earned for passing courses has been a long-standing practice in high schools; but this system has not ensured that students meet high academic standards and demonstrate competency. Consequently, some students graduate high school unprepared for success in postsecondary education and modern careers. Visit our graduation requirements page to learn more about credit hour requirements, Individual Career and Academic Plans, and real world experience requirements.
District & School Accountability
Durango School District 9-R and the Colorado Department of Education use a variety of performance frameworks and assessments to measure school and student success.
Learn more about our measures of success, school performance, teacher qualifications, Unified Improvement plans, and protected information on our District & School Accountability page.
READ Act Plans
The Colorado Reading To Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) requires schools to develop a READ Plan for a student identified as having a significant reading deficiency as soon as the “body of evidence” from a variety of assessments indicates that students are not reading at grade level. The literacy plan identifies the student’s specific diagnosed reading skill deficiencies, goals and benchmarks for the student’s growth in attaining competency, the scientifically based or evidence-based reading instructional programming the teacher will use, the way in which progress will be monitored and evaluated, and the strategies the student’s parent is encouraged to use in assisting the student to achieve reading competency. An important component of the READ Plan requires parents to read or practice reading with their student at home.
Gifted & Talented
Gifted children are students whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic/cultural populations.
Learn more about our Gifted & Talented (GT) educational offerings, GT identification process, and Advanced Learning Plans on our GT webpages.
Pathways to Independence
Pathways to Independence is a special education transition program offered by the Durango 9-R for students 18-21 years of age who need to continue to develop independent life skills. The program is located in the Commons Building in downtown Durango, which provides a community experience for our students.
Student Nutrition Services is creating local-based change that empowers members of our community to embrace a healthier lifestyle. You will see this in our district wellness policy and our very successful Farm to School program that help support our programs' healthy school meals. Durango 9-R Student Nutrition Services is committed to enhancing our students' education by providing nutritious and delicious meals with pride.
Learn more about our student nutrition program with the links below:
The mission of the 9-R Transportation department is to provide students with safe and secure transportation to and from school in a friendly environment that enhances the total learning process. Within this section, you will find information about bus transportation services, both for school and field trips, as well as the Bus Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, there are some helpful tips for volunteers, students and guardians.
Transportation office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and 7:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Monday early release days.