Animas Valley Elementary Home

Our goal
at AVE is
every student,
every day.
Principal & assistant principal welcome a student

About Us

Animas Valley Elementary is a PreK-5 school located in a beautiful valley just north of Durango, Colorado. Our school is grounded in a School Family model. Through building relationships, we support one another's academic and social emotional growth. Mistakes are an opportunity to learn, and we take pride in our ability to persevere. We utilize structures for coaching self-regulation, class meetings as a venue for democratic problem solving, and we tackle challenges as well as celebrate our success together. Our family culture can be felt throughout our school.
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Where we’re located
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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 concepts because we are motivated to ask questions and discover solutions.

School & District News

Students with perfect attendance

January Perfect Attendance

Our goal at AVE is every student, every day. We know that every day counts and impacts student success. We celebrated 52 students who had 0 tardies, 0 absences, and 0 early checkouts during the month of January!! We have 6 students who have not missed a day of school so far this year! Way to go, Huskies!
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Early Access Applications Available February 1

Durango School District 9-R has the opportunity to accelerate highly advanced gifted children under age 5 for kindergarten and/or under age 6 for first grade. This Early Access is for those eligible students if their birthdays fall after October 1. It is intended to support students who are evaluated to be exceptional in aptitude/cognitive reasoning, academics, school readiness, and motivation.

Free STEM Fair For All Kids, ages 5-14, Sunday, Dec. 3

The Durango High School's Women in STEM Club is hosting a free STEM Fair at Escalante Middle School on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. for all kids, ages 5-14. There will be fun engineering challenges, science experiments, technological investigations, and snacks.
Little girl having bandage applied after getting vaccine.

Mobile Vaccine Van Offers Required School Vaccines

We are excited to announce that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will be bringing a mobile vaccine van to two Durango 9-R school locations to help families catch up on the required school vaccines.
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Sign Up Today For Your School’s Green Team

As a commitment to the district’s sustainability goals, we’re launching a new program to promote and implement the Durango School District’s sustainability plan. Staff and students are invited to join a Green Team in each school.
Michol Brammer, Principal of Animas Valley Elementary School

Principal's Message

Welcome Husky students and families! We have a School Family Culture created through the implementation of social/emotional learning structures that promote increased emotional intelligence. Our school has other distinguishing characteristics, including: Thinking Strategies Institute-trained teachers; Workshop model classrooms;  Orton-Gillingham-trained teachers; and flexible grouping.   – Michol Brammer, Principal


Movie Night

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: AVE Cafeteria
Engineer Mountain

Quality of Life

Durango is a beautiful place to live and work. It is located at 6,512 feet elevation in Southwest Colorado near the Four Corners region. Families who live here enjoy a historic steam train, ski resort, rivers, vibrant downtown, bike trails, sky-high “fourteener” mountains, and four distinct seasons with an average of 266 sunny days per year. We welcome new families and new staff members, and we offer excellent benefits and competitive salaries.