Shared School, since 1998

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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.  Durango Shared School is located at Animas Valley Elementary School, 373 Hermosa Meadows Road in Durango. 

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.
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 Animas Valley Elementary 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].

Shared Middle School Options

The Middle school class for students in grades 6-8 meets at Animas Valley Elementary School on Wednesdays from 8:25 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. The Tuesday/Thursday middle school class (grade 4-7) meets from 8:25-3:10 p.m.


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!

For more information 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.


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