Durango School District 9-R is a high-performing school district located in western La Plata County in Southwest Colorado. Its seven elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools serve approximately 4,700 students.
First established in 1881 to serve the new railroad town of Durango, the School District was the ninth in La Plata County. In the late 1950s, the District reorganized and incorporated 12 rural school districts to form the "R" in 9-R --- District 9-Reorganized. Today 9-R is known as "a community committed to innovation and excellence in education."
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. Through leading instructional models, globally minded learning programs and engaging teaching and learning methods, the district aims to instill in each student the ability to compete and contribute in the global community. Furthermore, the district encourages supportive and safe school environments, guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities for each and every student.
Durango School District 9-R is one of the largest employers in the area, and with that comes the responsibility to create a positive employee culture, provide professional development opportunities for all employees and offer competitive salaries and benefits. We help to reach these goals through various programs, initiatives and services, but we also rely on a strong employee base that is passionate about education, experts in their content areas and have strong character attributes.
9-R prides itself on its strong academic programs, and as a result the district has adopted academic goals for students that exceed state and federal standards. It has developed academic programs to ensure that students meet those standards, and it has a comprehensive assessment program that allows teachers to determine how they can modify instruction to meet the needs of individual students. As a result of the district's comprehensive approach to student achievement, over all the district scores above state average on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) tests.
Additionally, the town of Durango, and its beautiful surroundings, not only offers families in the area many choices for education, but also is a nationally recognized epicenter for recreation and business development. Here are just a few of the accolades that Durango has received: