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Why Choose Animas High?


Our Mission:

Animas High School prepares all students for college and post-secondary success by creating critical thinkers and engaged citizens through an innovative, student-centered, project-based curriculum. We accomplish this through:

  • Rigorous academics, where all students are prepared for college success
  • Culture of excellence, where students are held to high expectations
  • Strong faculty-student relationships, where students are well known
  • Engaging learning, where students see the relevance of their education

National studies show the following problems in high schools today:

  • Disengagement (students are withdrawn and non-committal towards their coursework)
  • Attitudes of other students (negativism, rude, aggressive and disruptive behaviors)
  • Anonymity (students feel as though they are not known in their schools)
  • Irrelevance of subject matter and tasks (students cannot make connections between what they are learning and real life: they feel their coursework is pointless)
  • Lack of community (students do not feel a sense of belonging in their schools)

Animas High School’s design principles address each of these issues, educating and motivating students to succeed in the “real-world”.

Why a small school?

We believe that every question a student has is as important as the pursuit to find the answer. In a small classroom environment, our students can spend time exploring the world around them, share what they discover, and see where it leads them next. Our goal is to show each of our students that there is always more than one way to solve a problem.

A small school is defined as one with enrollment fewer than 500 students. In a small school, each student is well-known. It’s impossible for anyone to “fall through the cracks” or to sit in the back of class, bored and texting. Teachers know their students unique abilities, and work with them to meet their potential. Additionally:

  • Small schools with personalized instruction means students are known by their instructors and classmates.
  • High academic expectations for all means each student is challenged at an appropriate level and given support to succeed. Each student sets individual academic goals with teachers.
  • A high level of accountability includes teacher-advisors’ guarantee that each student is known and supported in school.

Research shows improvements in:

  • Student performance
  • School climate
  • Professional collegiality
  • Parent satisfaction

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What our Alumni have to say:

What our parents have to say:

  • “Not only is AHS teaching our kids the necessary academics through a rigorous curriculum and project-based learning, they are also teaching our kids life skills that will benefit them in college and throughout their lives.”
  • “Our son has become a critical thinker, has a greater appreciation for academics, greater self-esteem and self-pride. He is self-advocating and taking responsibility for his actions and behaviors.”
  • “Animas High provides an environment in which my child feels accepted for who he is and is surrounded by others who think education is important.”
  • “I love the relationships that very organically develop between teachers and students.”
  • “Great energy from most of the teachers, sense that they love teaching and they are where they want to be. Kids react to that.”
  • “Support and expectations of critical thinking and project-based learning connected to the real world.”
  • “College Prep and internship support is individualized and excellent.”
  • 92% of parents would recommend AHS

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