Durango High School Profile

Committed to Excellence

Durango High School is a thriving educational community with a mission to ensure each student develops the positive character attributes and academic excellence necessary to compete and contribute in the global community, providing tailored, engaging, and relevant educational opportunities within a safe and healthy environment.

Our Community

Durango, Colorado in La Plata County, is a rural community of approximately 51,300 residents and 1,700 square miles. We are located in the Four Corners Region of the Southwestern United States. The nearest cities are Albuquerque (215 miles) and Denver (340 miles). Fort Lewis College provides numerous educational and cultural and cultural advantages to the region. The Durango community is composed of business, agricultural, professional, and service industry providers.

Our Curriculum

We offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with a goal of 100% college and career readiness for all of our students. Durango High School is committed to each student making the greatest academic growth and achievement possible in 4 years. Every graduate completes 23 credits, which include a combination of required courses and elective choices. Our Graduation requirements align with the admission requirements of 4 year colleges. Durango High School is a public, four-year North Central Accredited comprehensive high school with an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students. We have a student to teacher ratio of one teacher to 25 students.

Our Graduates

In 2016, the graduation rate at DHS was 89.7% for a class size of 234 students.

48.5% continued at a 4-year college, 13% continued at a 2-year college, 3.9% continued at a vocational school.

Credits & Marking System

Credit is available at the end of each semester with eac class receiving .5 carnegie unit. A year-long class is normally completed in two semesters. Students must earn a minimum of 23 credits for graduation.


Unweighted GPA Weighted GPA Grading Scale
A=4.0  A=5.0 A=90%-100%
B=3.0 B=4.0 B=80%-89%
C=2.0 C=3.0  C=70%-79%
D=1.0 D=2.0  D=60-69%
F=0.0 F=0.0 F=0-59%

Honors & Advanced Placement Courses

Honors Course available to any underclassman who wishes to enroll in them. We offer honors courses in language arts and history to all ninth and tenth grade students. The advanced placement option allows juniors and seniors to experience college level expectations while still in high school. All advanced placement courses are weighted on a 5-point scale.

We offer the following advanced placement courses:


Calculus AB

Calculus BC


United States History




Computer Science A

Computer Science Principles

Art History

English Language and


English Language and


World History


Human Geography


Students may also take part in concurrent enrollment opportunities to earn college credit at Fort Lewis College (FLC), Southwest Colorado Community College or through San Juan Community College.


Graduation Requirements

Our core courses are math (Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Statistical Analysis), English (Literature and Composition), science (Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics), history (World, United States and Government), world languages (Spanish and French). Some non-core elective classes are graded on a credit/no credit basis Starting with the class of 2021, students are required to prove competency in required subject areas, complete a minimum of 23 credit hours, in addition to developing and maintaining an Individual Career and Academic Plan, and meeting real world experience requirements.

4 credits


4 Years

4 credits


4 years

3 credits


3 years (4 offered)

3 credits

Social Studies

3 years (4 offered

1 credit

World Language

 2 years (4 offered

1 credit

Health / P.E.


7 credits

General Electives 


Our Athletics

DHS offers the following athletic programs:


Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball


Boys Cross Country

Girls Cross Country



Boys Golf

Girls Golf

Boys Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse

Boys Soccer

Girls Soccer


Boys Swimming

Girls Swimming

Boys Tennis

Girls Tennis Boys Track

Girls Track




Our Activities

In addition to our rigorous academics, DHS offers students dozens of extracurricular activities so that they may explore their interests.


CoCurricular Activities

Academic Decathlon

Aerospace Design

Colorado Mock Trial

Culinary Arts (Pro-Start)

El Diablo



Vocal Music


Instrumental Music

National Art Honor Society

National Honor Society

Skills USA

Student Council

Extracurricular Activities

Beautifully Made Bible Study

Book Club

Chess Club

Adventure’s Club

Creative Writing


Gay/Straight Alliance

Leadership La Plata



Key Club

Knowledge Bowl

Mountain Bike Club

Native American Club

Philosophy Club

Prejudice Elimination

Action Team

Robotics Club

Ski Club


Aerospace Design Team

The Durango High School Aerospace Design Team has an outstanding record of success on the national and international stage including:

• 2017 International Space Settlement Design World Champions

• Recipient of the 2010 NASA Ames Grand Prize for Design and 1st prize for Large Group Design

• Seven-time International Space Settlement Design World Champions (2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017)

• DHS has qualified 22 out of the last 23 years for the National Champ