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Student FAQs


What if I want to be in Sports and Drama?

Animas High School students may participate in theatre and on athletic teams at Durango High School or their home school district.  Many AHS students choose to participate in athletics and theatre and play an integral part in their selected programs. Animas High School students have created the AHS DEVO Mountain Bike club team that competes against other high school club teams in Colorado.

Is there enough time for AHS students to travel to Durango High School for after school activities?

Yes. The Animas High School day ends fifteen minutes earlier than Durango High School, which gives AHS students enough time to travel to DHS for after school activities. There is a HUB bus that transports student athletes to DHS after school.

Is lunch offered at AHS?

Yes. Each day a different restaurant caters food for AHS students to buy for lunch. See the Lunch Orders page for more information.

Can AHS students go to dances or sporting events at Durango High School?

Yes. Animas High School students are welcome to attend DHS social events, but they need to follow the Durango High School procedures. The Animas High School staff will help students understand and follow the DHS procedures.

What classes would I take at AHS?

The curriculum for 9th grade at AHS includes: Humanities (history, sociology, and language arts), Math (appropriate level for student), Science (Physics), Spanish, Digital Media Arts, and PE.

Is there a student government at AHS?

Yes, AHS has a student government that is responsible for school culture, social events, and fundraising. Leaders are elected by AHS students. The Student Government Mission statement is:

The Student Government of Animas High School exists to bring to light and to find a solution to the issues pertaining to AHS students and the school as a community. AHS Student Government will also work to generally improve the status of our school’s presence and influence in the greater community.

Is physical education offered?

Animas High School offers physical activity classes called X Blocks. X Block classes have included: frisbee golf, dance, yoga, aikido, outdoor adventure, and field games.

Are there clubs at AHS?

Yes. Students can create, run and maintain clubs. The school provides the space; students provide the motivation.

What kind of teachers teach at AHS?

Our teachers are passionate about teaching and working with students. They have extensive knowledge about the subjects they teach and are excited to be teaching at Animas High School. Visit our Faculty Profiles page and get to know our teachers and staff

Can my friends attend AHS too?

Absolutely. Animas High School is a free, public school of choice. Encourage your friends to learn more about Animas High School.

Does AHS offer any transportation?

Animas offers a Hub bus between our campus and Durango High School. AHS students are able to take a daily morning and afternoon bus connecting the two campuses. This allows our students to participate in extra-curricular activities at DHS as well as to access the public transportation in Durango. For more information visit our Transproation page. If you still have questions please contact mainoffice@animashighschool.com

Are there homerooms or advisory groups at AHS?

Advisory groups at Animas High School are an important feature of personalization. All students participate in advisory groups and stay with the same teacher-advisor for all four years. The students are well-known by their teacher-advisor and their peers. Teacher-advisors are given adequate professional development and support for this role within the school community.

Advisory groups:

  • Increase accountability: teacher-advisor is primary point of contact for parents.
  • Nurture students’ personal and academic development.
  • Develop a sense of belonging to the school community through cross-age groupings.
  • Work with students on the college application process.

Each student’s teacher-advisor is the school’s institutional guarantee that someone will always know what is going on with each student. Each student is known and supported in school to achieve his/her individual potential.

Are there extra curricular activities at AHS?

Animas High School has a unique and engaging line-up of electives, clubs and after-school activities. Dances, socials, movie nights, LAN parties, adventure trips and community service projects are just some of the events sponsored by AHS throughout the school year. In addition to offering our own extracurricular activities, students at Animas High School can participate in after school activities at Durango High School. Many AHS students play sports at DHS. Our students are also involved with the Durango Nordic, Alpine and Freestyle ski teams and the Durango DEVO team. Animas High School looks to support our student-athletes throughout the school year and we assist students in developing a balance between athletics and scholastic pursuits. AHS students also participate in Durango High School’s theater and music programs as well as participating in productions and performances with the Durango Arts Center, the Stillwater Foundation and many other local art, music and theater groups. Students may participate in extracurricular activities as long as they are in good academic standing at AHS. AHS students must fully comply with all DHS requirements related to student behavior when participating in activities sponsored at Durango High School. Email mainoffice@animashighschool.com with any questions concerning extracurricular activities.

Program of Studies

AHS ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Subject Area

Requirement

Credits in Carnegie

Units

Academic Units

Language Arts

4 years

6.0

4

Social Studies

4 years

6.0

4

Mathematics

4 years

6.0

4

Science

3 years of Lab Science

4.5

3

Foreign Language 2 years of the same language

3.0

2

Digital Arts

1 year

1.5

1

Academic Electives

2 years

3.0

2

LINK Internship

1 year

1

1

SIGs/X-Blocks

3 years

3.0

3

Total Units

34

24

Carnegie Units:
standard unit- 1.0 CU= 120 hours of classroom instruction; .75 CU= 1 hour of classroom instruction for 1 semester; .75 CU = 90 hours of
classroom instruction; 1.5 CU= 1 hour of instruction for 2 semesters; 1.5 CU= 180 hours of classroom instruction

Academic Units:

1 Academic Unit= 1 full year of instruction

AHS COURSE OF STUDY 9TH GRADE

Semester 1

Semester 2

Credits Earned

Academic Units

Language Arts Language Arts

1.5

1

Social Studies Social Studies

1.5

1

Mathematics Mathematics

1.5

1

Science Science

1.5

1

Digital Arts Digital Arts

1.5

1

SIG and X-Block SIG and X-Block

1.0

1

Total Earned

8.5

6

AHS COURSE OF STUDY 10th GRADE

Semester 1

Semester 2

Credits Earned

Academic Units

Language Arts Language Arts

1.5

1

Social Studies Social Studies

1.5

1

Mathematics Mathematics

1.5

1

Science Science

1.5

1

Foreign Language Foreign Language

1.5

1

SIG and X-Block SIG and X-Block

1.0

1

Total Earned

8.5

6

 

AHS COURSE OF STUDY 11th GRADE

Semester 1

Semester 2

Credits Earned

Academic Units

Language Arts Language Arts

1.5

1

Social Studies Social Studies

1.5

1

Mathematics Mathematics

1.5

1

Science Science

1.5

1

Foreign Language Foreign Language

1.5

1

LINK Internship LINK Internship

1.0

1

SIG and X-Block SIG and X-Block

1.0

1

Total Earned

9.5

7.0

 

AHS COURSE OF STUDY 12th GRADE

Semester 1

Semester 2

Credits Earned

Academic Units

College Writing & Research Senior Research Project

1.5

1

Social Studies Social Studies

1.5

1

Mathematics Mathematics

1.5

1

Elective 1 Elective 1

1.5

1

Elective 2 Elective 2

1.5

1

Total Earned

7.5

5