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not passengers.
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About Us

Escalante Middle School is for 6th-8th grade students and is located on the south end of Durango, Colorado – just beneath the beautiful Purple Cliffs along the Animas River. Escalante is an EL Learning (formerly Expeditionary Learning) school. This means we believe that learning is active, challenging, meaningful, public, and collaborative. 
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Where we’re located
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Our mission is to empower students to apply the habits of work, learning, and scholarship to become productive and caring citizens. Reading, writing, mathematics, geography, science, and history are all taught using the team approach. We meet students' individual learning needs by challenging our instruction to address each student's learning style, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. We use online and computer-based instruction, individualizing reading programs, and student learning groups based on similar academic abilities. 

School & District News

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Are you a future-builder?

We need your feedback on a potential bond ballot question for this November. We invite you to visit our new interactive website page to learn about potential investments and funding. We encourage you to spread the word and share this page with your neighbors and fellow community members.
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EMS Fall Sports News

Escalante Middle School is excited to offer Football and Volleyball to all 7th and 8th-grade students! With all the construction happening at EMS this summer, we won't be able to access the gym until later in August than we are used to. At this time we don't have a Volleyball Camp planned as we are looking for a head coach. However, keep checking the website for news of a VB Camp if we can get one on the calendar.

Fall sports are open to all 7th and 8th-grade students. To be eligible to participate, students need to complete the registration checklist linked below. For more information, click the Athletic Information Page below or contact Athletic Director Will Dodd at [email protected]

Volleyball will start August 13th at 3:00 PM See the schedule attached below. Athletes must register and have a current physical prior to August 13th.

Football has many opportunities for athletes to begin participating throughout the summer. Please click the link below for more information about EMS Football 2024.

EMS Hosts Fall Check-In Night August 15th

Families with a student enrolled at EMS are invited to CHECK-IN NIGHT on August 15th. Check-In Night is an informational event where students and parents may walk through the school, meet teachers and administrators, and gather informational forms. Students are not required to attend Check-In Night. EMS hosts the event as an opportunity for families to acquaint themselves with EMS. Students will receive their schedules on the first day of school, August 20. If you have any questions, please call the office in August at 970-247-9490.

Fall 2024 Check-In Night August 15th
6th Grade: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
7th & 8th Grade: 5:45 - 6:30 PM

Las familias con un estudiante matriculado en EMS están invitadas a la NOCHE DE REGISTRO el 15 de agosto. Check-In Night es un evento informativo donde los estudiantes y los padres pueden caminar por la escuela, conocer a los maestros y administradores, y recoger formularios informativos. Los estudiantes no están obligados a asistir a Check-In Night. EMS organiza el evento como una oportunidad para que las familias se familiaricen con EMS. Los estudiantes recibirán sus horarios el primer día de clases, el 20 de agosto. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame a la oficina en agosto al 970-247-9490.

Otoño 2024 Noche de Registro 15 de agosto
6to Grado: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
7mo y 8vo Grado: 5:45 - 6:30 PM

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2024 Summer Bridge makes learning fun and prepares students for next year

School’s out, but the Durango School District 9-R is encouraging students to work on learning through the summer – with fun events as a reward. The Summer Bridge program combines free activity books with checkpoints, events, and prizes to continue learning this summer and be ready for the next grade level. The books include engaging activities and practice in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and fitness.
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Durango School District Administration Office - Summer Hours

The Durango School District Administration Office summer hours will be in effect June 3rd - July 26. We will operate with regular business hours Monday - Thursday, 8am - 4pm, and be closed to the public on Fridays during this time period.
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Board Of Education Student Awards

On Thursday, April 24, the Board of Education held a Student Awards ceremony, to celebrate students who exemplified the district's Portrait of a Graduate competencies.
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Survey now open on potential ballot measure

Beginning April 18, we encourage everyone in La Plata County – district staff, families, community members – to participate in an important survey regarding public education programs, policies, and a potential ballot measure this November 2024.
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Principal's Message

Welcome, Eagle students and families! At Escalante Middle School, we focus on building cultures of respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness – where students and staff are committed to quality work and citizenship. Our highly qualified staff is trained to tailor instruction to help a diverse range of learners. We meet students’ individual learning needs by adjusting instruction to address specific learning styles, abilities, strengths, and needs. 
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Quality of Life

Durango is a beautiful place to live and work. It is located at 6,512 feet elevation in Southwest Colorado near the Four Corners region. Families who live here enjoy a historic steam train, ski resort, rivers, vibrant downtown, bike trails, sky-high “fourteener” mountains, and four distinct seasons with an average of 266 sunny days per year. We welcome new families and new staff members, and we offer excellent benefits and competitive salaries. 

Accessibility Statement

It is the goal of Durango School District 9-R that the information on this website be accessible to individuals with visual, hearing, or cognitive disabilities. Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards.

Most pages on our site are available in HTML format, which can be read by screen readers. Some documents are in Adobe PDF format, requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website. Additionally, some documents are in Google Docs, and Google Forms. Most modern browsers and screen readers can access Google-based documents. More information about Google web products accessibility can be found on the Google Accessibility website.

In order to ensure that Durango School District websites are accessible to everyone in our community, including those with disabilities, we are using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

If you cannot access any page(s) on our site, please email us at [email protected]. Include the location of the webpage/document, your name, email address, and phone number so we can provide the information in another format, and address the issue.