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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

January 22, 2019
  • Sophomore Math/Biology Exhibition - (Public Exhibition)

    January 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango (map)

    The public is invited to an exhibition of learning for AHS sophomores on Tuesday 1/22, 5-7pm at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Students in Dan Thurber's Math 2 and Summer Sanford's Biology classes will present original research they've conducted examining how human behavior impacts plant growth. Students conducted statistical analysis as part of their studies, looking at various factors that might positively impact plant growth with an eye toward developing sustainable practices for a changing planet.

February 4, 2019
  • Senior Humanities Exhibition: Community of Resilience - (Public Exhibition)

    February 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Fort Lewis College - Student Union Building, 1000 Rim Dr, Durango, CO 81301, USA (map)

    It is undeniable that mental health is a growing concern and issue of sustainability in our community. In fact, we have the second highest suicide rate per capita in the country--it’s more than twice the national rate. But as the issue grows, so does the awareness and response. This is why our Animas High School senior class is embarking on a grade-wide project entitled “Community of Resilience” in order to support mental health efforts in our community and help increase the overall well-being of La Plata County citizens. We all will face challenging times throughout our lives, but a resilient community is a connected community with the necessary tools and resources to push through those challenging times and support one another in times of need. Our various projects are meant to bring people together, and provide research and resources to support mental health.

    The various sub-projects within “Community of Resilience” include a film covering our community members’ stories of resilience, a magazine with articles, stories and research on mental health and resiliency, a collection of “Stories of Resilience” interviews, and additional content to contribute to the DurangoCares website.

    Seniors will will showcase their projects in addition to hosting community partners working on mental health. These organizations will hold booths to provide resources and information for event attendees. Additionally, students and counselors will be running seminar rooms whereby event attendees can discuss topics related to mental health and share ideas and solutions.

February 7, 2019
  • Sophomore Humanities Genocide Exhibition (Lori's class) - (Public Exhibition)

    February 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Animas High School, 271 Twin Buttes Avenue, Durango (map)