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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Durango High School is a highly rated, public school located in Durango, CO. It has 1,075 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 29% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.
Address
2390 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
Telephone
(970) 259-1630
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Durango High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
29%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1220
132 responses
Average ACT
27
170 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$60,521
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,196
National
$949
Median Home Value
$427,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
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  • Football games
    26%
  • Flower day, Big Event, Prom, Hearts in the Hallway
    16%
  • In newspaper, map of where seniors are going
    13%
  • Spirit weeks
    13%
  • Pep rallies
    6%
  • Senior Prank
    6%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,075
Free or Reduced Lunch
21%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,003
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.5%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$11,137/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.23 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.23 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.23 responses
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Durango High School Reviews

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Durango High School is a school that promotes character, optimism, hard work, and achievement. The staff is excellent- they are super friendly, encouraging, and helpful. One of the departments that stands out the most at DHS is the Post Secondary Center. They are truly phenomenal at preparing the students for college readiness and success. This school is also climbing the ranks vigorously to become the top public school in Colorado, and they are making their way. Durango High School has students that make this possible and display the "Demon Way" which entails : honesty, accountability, kindness, and advocacy.
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My time at Durango High School was what I would imagine to be the normal high school experience. I was lucky to have several outstanding teachers that made up for the confusion and constant changes to administration and teaching styles that the school went under. In four years the basic philosophy of the school changed about three times and staff was cycling through at a pretty high rate. The sports teams, theatre troupe, and clubs are incredible when properly funded and given the chance to be supported by the general public. I never had any strong negative experiences at school, but unfortunately my most memorable moments of high school were spent studying abroad. Overall, a good school but an average experience.
Considering its status as a pubic high school in a small mountain town, Durango High School is exceeding expectations when it comes to providing resources and a quality education to local students. DHS not only competes globally in academic fields, but also provides opportunity to its students in athletics. DHS also works extensively with local businesses to provide students with experience outside the classroom that may include internships, community organized events, and higher education. Like any public high school, DHS has its social pitfalls when it comes to bullying and social media interactions among its students. However, administrators of DHS are implementing social tools for students such as Safe2Tell and local counseling resources to fix such issues. Overall, DHS is able to provide a rigorous education to students who desire such, and gathers resources for students to help each individual reach their specific goals.