Animas High School in Durango, CO - Niche

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Animas High School is a public, charter, coed school in Durango, Colorado. It has 269 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 67% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 31 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

3206 Main Ave
Durango, CO 81320
(303) 866-6600

Ratings and Reviews
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    • Recent Alumnus
    • 5
    Student Culture & Diversity: Culture is amazing!!! You wont find anything like it anywhere else.
    • Recent Alumnus
    • 5
    Academics: Animas isn't a normal school so.... basically there are set class you have to take and you get options for two other classes, a P.E. class and a student interest class. At Animas its hard if you make it hard. There are honors classes and students are encouraged to take college classes at Fort Lewis College. There is no AP classes because the school feels that taking the time teach to the AP test is not in the best interest of the student. Animas is also finding that it is more beneficial to take college classes so that you get into that level of learning early.
    • Recent Alumnus
    • 4
    Health & Safety: We have a security system and all that stuff. We practice drills like every other school.
    • Recent Alumnus
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: We have a wide variety of clubs and activities, however we don't have the facilities for sport teams. We have clubs like back country skiing club, rocking climbing, knowledge bowl, gay-straight alliance, rotary, video production, newspaper, student council, yearbook, IAM Music, Animas mountain bike team, etc. Most students who are interested in sports participate in Durango High School team sports. DHS is very accepting of Animas students being on the team, they are created equal. There is a bus that takes student athletes from Animas to DHS after school.
    • Recent Alumnus
    • 5
    Overall Experience: 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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Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
3.00 Mountain Middle School Public, Charter, Coed
3.00 Riverview Elementary School Public, Coed
3.00 Miller Middle School Public, Coed
Grace Preparatory Academy of Durango Private, Religious, Coed
2.66 Durango High School Public, Coed
3.00 Needham Elementary School Public, Coed
St. Columba School Private, Religious, Coed
Durango Big Picture High School Public, Alternative, Coed
Columbine Christian School Private, Religious, Coed
3.00 Park Elementary School Public, Coed
Robert Denier Youth Services Center Public, Alternative, All-Boys
3.00 Escalante Middle School Public, Coed
2.66 Florida Mesa Elementary School Public, Coed
3.00 Animas Valley Elementary School Public, Coed

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.33 Bayfield High School 15 mi. 364
2.33 Ignacio High School 19 mi. 233
3.00 Telluride High School 44 mi. 215
2.33 Dolores High School 36 mi. 204
1.33 Southwest Open Charter School 38 mi. 161

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 40%
Male 59%

Student Diversity

Animas High School United States Colorado Bayfield High School Dolores High School Ignacio High School Southwest Open Charter School Telluride High School
White 92.0% 51.0% 55.1% 78.0% 86.0% 34.0% 48.0% 74.0%
Hispanic 3.0% 25.0% 32.7% 14.0% 8.0% 26.0% 14.0% 20.0%
Native American 1.0% 1.1% 0.8% 3.0% 2.0% 32.0% 34.0% 0%
Multiracial 1.0% 2.8% 3.5% 2.0% 1.0% 4.0% 1.0% 0%
Asian 0% 4.8% 3.1% 1.0% 0% 0% 0% 1.0%
African American 0% 15.0% 4.7% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0.2% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 33.5%
Grade 10 27.1%
Grade 11 23.4%
Grade 12 16.0%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Yes
  • 20% Not sure.
  • 0% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 5 responses

  • 23% Student-teacher relationships
  • 23% Desire to learn consistent throughout students
  • 23% Project-based learning
  • 18% Culture, small learning communities
  • 14% Learning how to act in professional settings

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Student-Teacher Relationships, Project Based, SLCS
  • 20% Student teacher relationships,project based,cultur

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Unique and Entergetic (organized chaos)
  • 40% Passionate learners