August 5, 2022
Mitchell Bidart, Shea Davis, Conall Keohane and Gareth Keohane, class of '24 at our final tour of the new school while under construction
founders and AHS alumni parents Phil Bryson, Jesse Hutt and Lucy Bryson
Sonya McGuire '16, Mikayla Wright '17, Ben Glenn '17, future Osprey Reya McCallum-Sandoval and Humanities teacher Sara Price
Greetings Ospreys,

With our final tour of the new school site complete and staff gathering together next week to prepare for the year ahead, we enter the 2022/23 school year knowing this is a truly outstanding time for our school community. Enrollment is full for all but our senior class and the move to our new Nest at Fort Lewis College later this school year will finally give us a beautiful home that fully supports our mission of preparing students for college and postsecondary success by creating critical thinkers and engaged citizens through an innovative, student-centered, project-based curriculum. As one Osprey parent recently wrote:

AHS has already far exceeded our expectations for our student. We are overjoyed he will be able to continue his education in such an amazing new facility staffed with a tremendously caring and compassionate staff!

Durango Local News visited the new campus job site recently as well, where they interviewed head of School Rebecca Ruland and Board Member Jay Grob to learn more about how our new facility will better support our students, staff, families and community. Have a look below.
While the stoke is high for our new campus, we are also very excited to welcome our students and families back to the start of the school year at our current home in Twin Buttes. We moved into our modulars in the fall of 2013, after our first 4 years at the strip mall on North Main Avenue where the Yellow Carrot is now. As a school, we know that the magic of our community lies in who we are and what we do together, no matter what learning space we're using at any given moment.

New students and families--we are excited to welcome you aboard and hope you will join us at our current campus for the New Student and Family Open House next Tuesday 8/9, 5pm at AHS. This will provide our newest Ospreys a chance to connect with a handful of students, alumni, returning parents and staff, get lingering questions answered and see where classes will meet before the school year begins.
Student Orientation and Week One Schedule
We begin each year with Student Orientation activities designed to build community and set students up for academic success. We'll share more grade-specific details soon, particularly about off-campus activities during the first week.

Monday 8/22
  • 9th grade: student orientation 8:25am-3:30pm
  • 10th, 11th and 12th grade transfers: optional open house; visit campus to meet teachers, get a quick tour, check on schedules, etc. 9am-3pm
  • returning 10th, 11th and 12th grade: no school

Tuesday 8/23
  • 9th, 10th, 11th grade: student orientation 8:25-3:30
  • 12th grade: Senior Sunrise; meet at ABC trailhead at the corner of East 10th Street and East 6th Avenue at 6:45am for a short hike up to the FLC campus followed by breakfast together; done by 9am

Wednesday 8/24
  • all students: grade-level core classes in the morning followed final student orientation activities in the afternoon 8:25-3:30

Thursday 8/25
  • all students: first full day of regular classes including electives


Student Health Information
Our students' health and wellbeing are important to us! Please be sure that you have turned in all medical forms prior to the first day of school so we have up-to-date information on file.

Colorado law requires all students to be vaccinated against certain diseases unless they have a certificate of exemption on file. Families claiming exemption must file annually. Refer to this letter from the Colorado Department of Public Health for more info. We must have one of the following on file. Send to registrar@animashighschool.com or drop off in person at our main office:


In addition, please send a copy of COVID vaccination card if your family has chosen to have your student vaccinated.

If your student has a health need that requires medication or special care, please complete the appropriate form(s) below and email to registrar@animashighschool.com. Students are not permitted to self-carry controlled substances on campus or at any school sponsored activities. Reference our Medication Administration Policy for procedures to follow regarding medication use during the school day or at school sponsored activities. Be sure your student has any necessary emergency medications with them on the first day of school and for all school activities.


We are happy to keep non-self-carry medications stored at the school, if requested, and can have staff transport medications for your student(s) when they leave campus for school events. We recommend that all students with a possible emergency medication need to self-carry their own supply when appropriate and have a back-up supply stored at the front desk. Please turn in medications clearly labeled in original containers along with appropriate forms signed by a physician to the main office. Thank you for your attention to these important details!
School Supplies and Laptop Computers
We do not distribute school supply lists before school begins as individual teachers will communicate during the first week of classes about what supplies students will need. When it's time, please consider school supply shopping at the Durango Office Depot; when you mention Animas High School at the register, they will make a donation to our school. You can also support AHS by using the AmazonSmile program. Visit amazonsmile.com and select Animas High School as your charitable organization; every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile will result in a donation to AHS.

Each student at Animas High School is required to have a laptop computer and can expect to use it daily for accessing web-based educational resources and teachers' Digital Portfolios, working with Google Suite, checking school email, ordering lunch, etc. As a college preparatory school, we put a strong emphasis on teaching students to work effectively with technology. Using a phone in place of a laptop computer does not work in an educational setting and it’s important for all students to have access to a computer daily at school. Our students use a variety of laptops, including PCs, Macs and Google Chromebooks. Students who do not own a laptop can borrow one for the year from AHS through our laptop loaner program.


Student Schedules
Student schedules for the 22/23 school year are now visible in Infinite Campus for all students who have completed Course Requests. To view schedules, login to IC and click "Schedule." If a student schedule is empty or incomplete please be sure to follow the directions linked below or email Maureen Truax at registrar@animashighschool.com for support.

  • NEW Student Course Request Process here
  • RETURNING Student Course Request Process here

We have made the following changes in 7th period electives to create more choice for students:

  • added a veterinary science course each semester
  • replaced SAT Prep with Engineering and Design for fall semester
  • opened Journalism, Anatomy and Intro to Machine Learning to 9th graders

View the course catalog and elective schedule for full details. To request changes to student schedules based on this new information, email Maureen. Students will review schedules during Student Orientation and may make changes in the first 2 weeks of each semester.

Finally, we'd love to ask for your help in spreading the word that we have one more open position to fill for the school year ahead. Our Inclusion Department is looking for just the right person to step into the Academic Coach role, working directly with students to offer support. Read full details about the job and how to apply on our Employment Opportunities page.


Have a good weekend and thanks for all you do to help the Ospreys soar!
Upcoming Events

New Student and Family Open House: Tues. 8/9, 5pm at AHS

AHS Board Meeting: Thurs. 8/18, 5:30pm via meet.google.com/buh-dfws-poc

Student Orientation Begins (9th grade and transfer students): Mon. 8/22

Senior Sunrise: Tues. 8/23, 6:45am at ABC Trailhead

Student Orientation Begins (returning students): Tues. 8/23

Classes Begin: Wed. 8/24

NEST Meeting and Student Activity Fair: Wed. 9/1

XBlock Classes Begin: Wed. 9/7

Family Orientation: Wed. 9/7, 5:30pm

Osprey Back-to-School Social: Fri. 9/23, 5:30pm
Animas High School prepares all students for college and postsecondary 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 student-faculty relationships, where students are well known.
Engaging learning, where students see the relevance in their education