Basecamp School of Expeditionary Learning
In mountaineering, a “base camp” is an area for staging an attempt to the summit. It is a place of safety and comfort from which to take challenges. A base camp is where the quest begins and where you prepare for the upcoming challenge. Likewise, BASECAMP School for Expeditionary Learning will be a small learning community used for staging demanding academic and interpersonal challenges. From BASECAMP, you will plan, prepare, and access experts and resources to take your learning to the next level of action.
BASECAMP School of Expeditionary Learning is a school where:
- Learning is active - students are scientists, urban planners, historians, authors, and activists.
- Learning is public - students, teachers, and local experts share visions of high achievement.
- Learning is meaningful - students apply skills and knowledge to real-world issues.
- Learning is challenging - students are guided to do more than they think they can.
- Learning is collaborative - rigorous expectations for quality work, and achievement is balanced with the joy of learning.
Students are often engaged in Case Studies and Learning Expeditions, designed around compelling topics and guiding questions that challenge them to incorporate field work, local expertise, and service learning to craft products worthy of a real audience. In BASECAMP, our culture promotes deep engagement and adventure in learning that challenges all students to achieve at high levels. Our students will gain skills critical to college readiness and life-long success.
A strong tenet of BASECAMP is: We are crew, not passengers. In BASECAMP, you will be an active participant in your quest for learning, your quest for quality, your quest to develop stamina and character, and your quest to realize: “Plus est en vous!” - there is more inside you than you think.
Teachers currently participating in BASECAMP are:
J Burnite (Fine Arts)
Klint Chandler (Career Tech - Welding)
Rob Coddington (Social Studies)
Kevinanne Curmano (English)
Jenni Darlow (Math)
Brenda Downs (Science)
Tim Fitzpatrick (PE/Health)
Ty Flom (Science)
Maria Gonzales (Foreign Language)
Leigh Gozigian (Social Studies/Teacher Leader)
Tara Haller (Math, Foriegn Language)
Robin Halloran (Special Ed)
Zoa Huckins (Foreign Language)
Mike Jaramillo (Special Ed)
Jennifer Johnson (English)
Ryan Montgomery (English)
Bonny Rich (Special Ed)
Shaun Smith (Career Tech - Woods)
Lisa Steinken (Career Tech - VoAg)
Allison Taylor (Special Ed)
Donna Thormalen (Math)
Viki Thyfault (PE/Health)
Shane Voss (Social Studies)
Dan Zalbowitz (Math)
Kurt Zeiner (Social Studies)
Sarah Wright (Counselor)
Joe Pecorino (Assistant Principal)
At a Glance
- School Mascot: Demons
- Colors: Red and White
- Students: 1322
- Teachers: 92
- Support Staff: 32
The mission of Durango High School, a community-based partnership, is to ensure each student develops the positive character attributes and academic excellence necessary to compete and contribute in the global community, by providing tailored, engaging, and relevant educational opportunities within a safe and healthy environment.