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Durango High School

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Posted November 20, 2013

This school was alright. But the cliques and groups are honestly awful. If you aren't popular nobody talks to you. They look right past you. DHS has some good teachers, but also a fare share of really terrible teaching styles. Most of the people that go here are rich, and many of them are snobby. Lots of fighting, and drug use. I liked it alright, because i had friends, but the unpopular people are treated awfully.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2013

I have a son at this school and it is an outstanding high school. He is being academically challenged and is excelling. The school has AP (Advanced Placement) courses, courses that count towards college credit and it is incorporating International Baccalaureate into the curriculum. The other high school in Durango, Animas High School, does not even have AP courses available for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

I have had two students at Durango High School. My older son graduated and went on to a highly competitive college in another state. He felt well prepared by his high school experience. My other son is still at the school and has been very active in extracurricular activities, teams, and honors and AP classes. The teachers have gone out of their way for both my kids, to be supportive and helpful. I have never had a complaint or a bad experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

As an estranged parent living 250 miles away, the three teachers i spoke with about my son were at the least, polite, informative and professional. One was especially helpful and caring and is taking the initiative in mentoring my son towards college. The administration is the problem in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

I have had kids in the district from 1st to 12th grade. The biggest problem with the school is curriculum. The district adopted and integrated math curriculum that doesn't work. As a result, 38% math proficiency. I also object to the language curriculum. Whole language was abandoned for primary english speakers. Why would we continue to use it for foreign language. They also promote failure through homework policies. The drop out rate is astronomical
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

The amount of violence in this school is crazy to say the least. The teachers and staff need to be more encouraging to these students and more respectful to parents. These kids are driven very hard and based on what I've seen and heard there is no compassion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2007

Although they may have some disadvantages they have all that you need. A basketball team, swim team, football team, dance team, ect. and many more activities you can be involved in. They teach a very well educated system, and help all students when asked. A school to love and a safe school to spend your last four years in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2006

When there is violence nothing is done about it in terms of approaching the entire school to tell them these moments of 'boys being boys' are inappropriate and unacceptable. There are over 1400 students, and each teacher teaches approx. 300 students per year, because the school is on a trimester schedule with 75 minute classes. Just when a teacher figures out a child, it is time to get new students. They seem to give the students 2 core subjects each trimester, and expect them to go up to 6 months before being taught Language Art or Math again. Everyone knows what a student 'forgets' after a summer vacation, so I'm not sure why they think going without English for six months works.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2006

I am actually a student at Durango High School and will be beginning my senior year in about a week. While school will always be a bit of a drag, I have truly been impressed with Durango High and all it has to offer. Durango is growing, and at times the school seems a little cramped (especially due to recent construction and renovation); however, the extensive amount of programs that Durango High has to offer has always impressed me. The high school encourages kids to be an active member of the community through internships, volunteer work, and field trips. Durango High provides a safe and personal enviroment while encouraging kids to challenge themselves and grow.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2006

Durango High School is a wonderful high school, one of the best in the state. Our teachers are wonderful and really try to help out our students. Our FBLA, Mock Trial, Pro Start, FFA, Knowledge Bowl, and Chess Club are some of the best in the state. Every year our basketball team is amoung the best in the state as is our baseball and football teams. We also offer softball, swiming, golf, tennis, volleyball, track, wrestling, lacross, and skiing. Our parents are all very involved and our test scores all are above the state level and above any other school in the area. Best school for 200 miles without a doubt.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
52%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students42%
Female43%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligible26%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%

Reading

All Students74%
Female82%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligible59%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students57%
Female65%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligible52%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students41%
Female46%
Male37%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Free lunch eligible18%
Reduced lunch eligible31%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English42%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Reading

All Students71%
Female83%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible56%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Science

All Students60%
Female68%
Male54%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible41%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant60%

Writing

All Students50%
Female70%
Male33%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible30%
Reduced lunch eligible25%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English52%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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ACT participation

88%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

77%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 56%
Hispanic 17% 32%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2390 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: (970) 259-1630

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