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Public Exhibitions

Every significant project is presented publicly by students to their peers, teachers, parents and community members.

Why is showing students’ work important

  • It’s motivating.
  • Public exhibits increase students’ effort and improve the quality of the final product.
  • It gives students a reason to care.

Students have numerous opportunities to publicly exhibit, demonstrate and display their school work. These opportunities include:

Student Led Conferences (SLCs)

Student Led Conferences are similar to traditional Parent-Teacher Conferences but are facilitated by the student. Students use their Digital Portfolios to lead a focused dialogue with their parents/guardians and teachers concerning their performance at Animas High School. SLCs are an integral part of the reflective process inherent in all AHS classes, and result in a clear understanding and agreement between the parent, student, and teacher about the student’s status and goals in all classes.  SLCs occur once a semester and require professional dress and mandatory participation by all students.


Exhibition nights are when students in all grades have projects and presentations on display for the general public. AHS sponsors two to four Exhibition nights each year. Exhibition may occur on campus or be held offsite to encourage community attendance and promote public access to our students’ work. Exhibition is an essential experience for all AHS students, professional dress and participation is mandatory.

Presentations of Learning (POLs)

A Presentation of Learning is a formal presentation given by students to a panel comprised of peers, community members, administrators, teachers and parents at the end of each semester. Before POLs, students practice their presentations and focus on specific public speaking skills, receive feedback from teachers and peers, refine and rehearse their POL delivery. At the end of second semester, presentations are used to determine whether students are ready to advance to the next grade. Transitional Presentations of Learning (tPOLs) are formal presentations where students must demonstrate mastery of grade level standards and their readiness to be promoted. Requirements for tPOLs are grade-level specific, but include an oral presentation, use of the student’s digital portfolio, and include artifacts from standards-bearing project work in the Humanities, Math and Science, Spanish, Digital Media, Advisory, SIGs and X-Blocks.

Students who attempt but do not pass POLs/tPOLs are given one additional opportunity to present once they have refined their work based upon the review panel’s feedback. Participation in all POLs/tPOLs is mandatory and students are expected to present in professional dress.

These unique learning measures and alternative assessment opportunities augment state and authorizer accountability requirements. They offer ways to gauge and demonstrate the levels of attainment in vital aspects of AHS’s design principles that are not readily or adequately measured by standardized assessment. Student Led Conferences, Exhibitions and POLs are unique to AHS and students look forward to participating and presenting their work to our community through these venues.

Upcoming Public Exhibitions

December 11, 2017
  • AHS Rube Goldberg Exhibition - (Public Exhibition)

    December 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Animas High School, 271 Twin Buttes Ave, Durango (map)

    How can the mechanical advantage of simple machines be comounded to perform a simple task--applying a band-aid--in a laborious way? How can a satirical story be told by a complex machine? What does it mean to colaborate in a community of learners?

    Join Tina Hott's Physics students at this exhibition of learning, where they will answer these essential questions via a friendly competition between eight teams, each who has designed and handcrafted their own Rube Goldberg Machine. Prizes will be awarded to the team with the best overall design, the best use of satire and more.

December 12, 2017
  • With Justice for All: Junior Humanities Exhibition - (Public Exhibition)

    December 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301, USA (map)

    Join juniors in Ashley Carruth's Humanities class for this exhibition of learning. Students were tasked with designing a project in response to a local issue. After thoughtful brainstorming and listening to community members, they chose to study Durango's homelessness issue. The goal of this event is to change people's perceptions and raise awareness on homelessness in Durango to promote more compassion and understanding.

    Students will display their work, including as murals, photographs, and films about the impacts of homelessness in Durango. In addition, they will host a food and clothing drive and have community partner organizations in attendance to share resources and information on the work they are doing to address homelessness. The event will culminate in a community meal.

December 14, 2017
  • Sophomore Humanities Exhibition (Shane's Classes) - (Public Exhibition)

    December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    TBA (map)