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Shared School Mission Statement

The Mission of Durango Shared School is to partner with our homeschool students and families to provide enriched learning opportunities and support through experiential activities in a safe, nurturing environment. 

We value:

  • Lasting relationships
  • Multi-age interactions
  • Hands on experiences utilizing the 4C’s (Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical thinking)
  • The love of learning
  • Diversity
Shared School Vision Statement

Durango Shared School offers enrichment opportunities that enhance learning through creative collaboration linking home and school communities.

About Shared School 

Shared School is a unique program offered by Durango School District 9-R that gives families another choice in educating their children. The home school provides the content for skill development in literacy and numeracy while the Shared School engages students in discovery, practice, and inquiry in Art, Music, Spanish, Creative Writing, PE, and more. Typically, these content areas are the most challenging for home school families to offer.  We value creativity, collaboration, hands-on experiences, and growth.    

Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Students participate in a full day of engaging enrichment activities.
  • Small school setting where teachers know all students.
  • A great opportunity for home school students to interact with their peers.
  • Access to arts and partners.
  • Instructional models that incorporate the whole child.

Shared School Registration

 The Durango 9-R Shared School Program is currently taking applications for the 2021-22 school year.
The Shared School program is designed for homeschool families and offers classes such as art, music, drama, PE, yoga, Spanish and homeroom enrichment.  There are 2 programs for k-8 grade students; a Tuesday/Thursday program and a Wednesday program.  All classes meet at Miller Middle School. For more information or to register please contact Jodee at [email protected].

Shared Elementary School

The district offers two program choices for elementary students, K-5. There is a two-day a week program that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am until 3:00pm, and a one-day a week program that meets on Wednesdays from 8:10am until 3:00pm.  For more information, or to register please contact Jodee Crowley at [email protected] 

Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary Shared School

The district offers an additional elementary shared school program at our Fort Lewis Elementary school campus in Hesperus.  This is a two day a week program that meets Tuesdays from 11:30 - 2:30 and Wednesdays from 11:15 - 2:15.  This program is open to all students in the 9R school district.  For more information contact Christine Trout at [email protected] or to register contact Denise Herrera at [email protected] or call 970-588-3331.  Please visit our Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary school site for more information, pictures, and testimonials of our program.


Shared Middle School Options


The Middle school class for students in grades 6-8 meets on Wednesdays from 8:15 am until 2:45 pm. 

Durango 9-R Shared School’s Middle School Program is a unique and individualized option for home school families. In a small-group environment, students participate in team-building and creative problem-solving activities in a supportive environment. Socratic Seminars, creative writing, classic literature appreciation, applied math practice and science/social studies projects are all part of the academic enrichment included in addition to Spanish, PE, Art and Drama.  Field trips are part of our yearly activities, and we play every day!

Shared Middle School students are eligible to take a variety of elective courses at Miller Middle School:

Digital  Publishing
Multi-media production
Gateway to Technology
Family Consumer & Science

For more information contact Deb Nielsen at [email protected], or to register please contact Jodee Crowley at [email protected]



Shared School also partners with local private schools including:

Notification of Established Home Study Form

Other Shared Schooling Options

If you are interested in participating in a Shared Schooling experience with any other Durango 9-R school please complete the forms below and meet with your school principal for approval.


Follow Shared School online at our Facebook page.
Read about our latest fun and explorations in Shared Middle School!