2018 Best College Prep Public High Schools in La Plata CountyAbout this List

Explore the public high schools that best prepare their students for college success. Ranking based on graduation rates, AP enrollment, SAT/ACT scores, state test scores, and the quality of colleges that students consider. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Animas High School

    • Public School
    • Durango, CO
    • 9-12
    • 35
    2 Best College Prep Public High Schools in La Plata County

    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.
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    • A-
      Overall Niche Grade
    • B
      College Prep
    • 1220 Average SAT
    • 26 Average ACT
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