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It's official: Juniper is now an Elemiddle School!

We are approved for Kindergarten through 8th grade, starting with 6th grade next year.

The lottery is closed, but you can still apply to Juniper! Get on our waitlist for the 2022/2023 school year by filling out the Fall Application below. Please fill out an application for each child interested in Juniper.

Important dates for 2022
January 24  Enrollment opens
February 28 Enrollment closes. Applications received after midnight on 2/28 will not be entered into our lottery. Current families must complete Intent to Return google forms and Applications for any new siblings planning to attend next year by 2/28.
March 14 2pm
Lottery will be drawn at 2pm. You can watch live here:
The recording will be posted here after the 14th
March 15-16 Families whose names are drawn in the lottery will be notified
March 25
Last day for families who were drawn in the lottery to confirm acceptance of their seat(s)
Join us for an in-person tour of Juniper (225 Sawyer Drive) and a chance to meet some of our incredible teachers and staff members! No reservation needed, simply come for one of the tour times listed below.
Tour Times
Thursday February 10th 5:00pm, 5:30pm and 6:00pm
Saturday February 12th 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am and 11:30am
NEW: Thursday February 24th 5:00pm, 5:30pm and 6:00pm
If you are unable to attend a tour and would like to see the school, please contact Cindy in our Front Office at 970.764.4185

Detailed information about our enrollment lottery and admissions policies

Do you want to know more about our new 6th grade classroom? Check out this Info sheet, and if you have unanswered questions please email our Head of School, Philip, at [email protected]
Juniper is approved through 8th grade. Students who start 6th grade with us will be able to attend 7th and 8th grade with us!
Want to know more about Juniper? Check out these videos!
See our AMAZING new library and hear more about Juniper
Learn about mindfulness at Juniper, featuring our beloved new Sensory Room
All of our Primary (K/1) students get to learn biking and bike safety with strider bikes that convert to pedal bikes as our students grow!
And, from third grade teacher Miss Stacey (who discovered her passion for making videos during remote learning!), these are excellent descriptions of life at Juniper 
Learn more about community activities and field trips:  Active, Authentic, Diverse
Montessori math and curriculum:
Mindfulness practices and tools, and social emotional learning:
Unique classrooms:
Our counselor, Miss Kaitlyn, developed a virtual Calm Down Room to support and connect with students during remote learning. Check it out


Please contact Cindy, our Front Office Manager at [email protected]com  or by phone at 970.764.4185



Enrollment in charter schools is available to all students, including students with disabilities, and information about disabilities will not be requested until a student has been admitted and enrolled in a charter school.  For questions regarding the admission and enrollment of students with disabilities in charter schools, you may contact Vanessa Giddings, Executive Director of Student Support Services for Durango School District 9-R or Philip Werline, Head of School.


Did you know that students who are economically disadvantaged and eligible for free or reduced cost lunch, are English Language Learner or are experiencing homelessness have a greater chance of getting a seat in our lottery?

If your student fits into one of these categories, they will have 3 entries in the lottery, which gives them 3 times the chance of their number being drawn for a seat. The Juniper School has made a commitment to give students who are facing greater challenges a greater chance to have a high quality charter school education.

The last few years have been challenging for educators and students around the world. In normal years we would welcome families who are interested in Juniper into our classrooms to observe. This year, due to the pandemic, that's not possible. We are proud of the way our teachers and staff have handled the challenges of remote learning and altered in-person learning!