Durango High School
1 Best College Prep Public High Schools in La Plata County
- Durango School District No. 9-R, CO
Senior: 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.
- 1240 Average SAT
- 27 Average ACT
Animas High School
2 Best College Prep Public High Schools in La Plata County
- Public School
- Durango, CO
Recent Alumnus: This school is absolutely amazing. Animas is a project based learning school, meaning that teachers use real world applications to allow students to develop hands on projects to gain a better understanding of the concepts. This alone makes this high school unlike any school in the area. In addition to the type of learning offered, Animas has a culture of excellence. Everyone, including staff, is expected to do well and strive for greatness, whether that be academically or culturally. Every student is held to high expectations. Because the students present their hard work publicly through exhibitions in the community, they must do beautiful work and present themselves professionally. Another great thing I love about Animas High is the culture. This school is nothing like what you see in the movies. I could honestly say that everyone cares about one another. At Animas people get what is described as "the feeling" and I would describe it as a learning environment that makes me comfortable and excited to walk into the building each day. Just as an example, we have students who hold the door open in the morning and greet people and we have a group of students who hand coffee out to parents as they drop their student off. Each day is a new adventure, whether that be building a life size catapult, preforming slam poetry or going down to the river to study the chemistry of the water. Everyone goes to Animas because they are committed to their education and they want to learn. Animas is full of uniquely minded students who are interested in finding and learning about their passions.
- 1200 Average SAT
- 26 Average ACT
Bayfield High School
- Bayfield School District, CO
Alum: My experience at Bayfield High School was over all fantastic. The school is small so teachers were able to help each individual with help or even after school tutoring. However, since it is a small school there are not a lot of opportunities for athletes unless you have connections.
- 1200 Average SAT
- 26 Average ACT
Ignacio High School
- Ignacio School District No. 11-JT, CO
Alum: I loved everything about this high school. The teachers and staff helped you beyond explanation and they are kind and compassionate people! The sports teams are improving and you can really tell the people here care about one another. If they didn't offer a class at the High School, they would find a class you were interested in and enroll you in that one. I will definitely bring my kids here when that time comes.
- 1120 Average SAT
- 21 Average ACT