We’ve started our fourth year off with a bang! The students have hit the ground running, diving into their project work, starting internships, and welcoming our twenty plus new students. We’re continuing to grow and have a fantastic group of students. Our first class of graduated seniors is off at college or out experiencing the world. We’ve got 10 of our Senior Institute students taking courses at either Southwest Community College or Fort Lewis. We have a large senior class this year and they have been focusing on their Senior Institute projects, which include a community-based project, an autobiography, writing their college essays, applying to colleges, and completing at least one college class.
If you, or your child, are thinking about or curious about Durango Big Picture High School, we encourage you to come visit our school. Please call 259-0203 to set up an appointment and come check out Durango Big Picture!
Dear Parents and Students Interested in Durango Big Picture High School,
Durango Big Picture High School has continued to slowly grow over the past four years and has now reached the size at which we will have to cap our enrollment based on our staffing and building capacity. Although this is exciting news for us, it will require us to create a wait list for students once we have reached our cap enrollment of 72 students. We are also capping our enrollment of students requiring special education services at 12 to remain in line with district averages of special education students at the other district schools. Students will be placed on the wait list in the order that their application is received.
Our enrollment process will remain the same for all students. Of the high school offerings in town, Durango Big Picture High School follows a model that is the most non-traditional and also the most student-centered. We want students and families to be well aware of our model when choosing us as their educational option. To help with the decision process, we require students to spend an hour visiting our school, spending time with one of our current students to learn about the school and our educational model. We encourage parents to be present during the visit so they can benefit from the same experience and information. Once a student has completed the visit, he or she must fill out an application that is turned into our counselor, Jenny Roper. Ms. Roper will coordinate an interview with the student. We use the interview as an opportunity for us to get to know the student and parent(s) further, as well as, an opportunity for the student and family to ask us any unanswered questions about our model. After the interview we ask the student and family to discuss this choice together while we at Durango Big Picture do the same. The following day, I call home so we can discuss whether or not Durango Big Picture is the best educational option for your student.
Durango has the distinction of being able to offer 5 research-based education models for high school students. This allows you and your student to make a choice that best aligns strengths, weaknesses, and interests with a model that will provide your child with the best high school education possible. We hope that you find the best choice for your student and encourage you to come and learn about our school.
To arrange a visit, please call Jenny Roper at 259-0203 ext. 2702. We wish you the best with your decision.
Alain Henry Jenny Roper
Administrator of Secondary Options Counselor and Internship Coordinator
The school district wants to hear from you! Each year we gather information from parents to help identify the strengths, as well as areas in which we can improve. The DAAC committee consists of parents, teachers and administrators representing every school in the district as well as members of the general public.
Note: Please scroll to end of news to access a new letter from the Superintendent, dated 3.14.13.
Durango School District 9-R has changed the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) early release time to Mondays for the 2013-2014 academic school year. We feel confident that this change will positively impact student achievement.