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Durango School District 9‐R and local and regional emergency first responders, including law enforcement, emergency management services, Durango Fire Protection District, area hospitals, and victim advocates, will be conducting a live, full-scale exercise mimicking the scenario of an active shooter in a school.  This exercise will test all emergency agencies’ systems of preparedness, response, and recovery in response to a school crisis. 

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Want to know more about Animas Valley Elementary? Check out our new school brochure to find out what makes us such a unique school.

In this student created video, 5th graders from Animas Valley Elementary showcase their understanding by presenting the pros and cons of  various science and technology subjects. These presentations are a part of the 5th IB Exhibition requirement.

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Educational choice is a wonderful and unique aspect to our small town. From innovative public schools, to a variety of private and parochial schools, to rigorous charter schools and many higher education opportunities, Durango-area schools offer choices, diverse curriculum and opportunities for every family from preschool through higher education.

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At a Glance

  • School Mascot: Husky
  • Colors: Teal, Black, and Silver
  • Students: 218
  • Teachers: 24
  • Support Staff: 12

Our Mission

Our vision is to guide learners as we develop the tools and mindsets to continually seek and understand the world and ourselves. Learners will demonstrate confidence,compassion and value diversity. Everyone will leave our school with the ability to apply, transfer and reflect on concept because we are motivated to ask questions and discover solutions.

  • Confidence is about trusting in yourself and your abilities with freedom from doubt.
  • Compassion is the awareness of someone’s suffering or discomfort and taking an action to make the situation better.
  • Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect but moves beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the complexity of each individual.
  • Concepts refer to knowledge and ideas.

Contact Information

  • Principal: Lisa Schuba
  • School Phone: (970) 247-0124
  • School Fax: (970) 385-1183
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