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The Juniper School is Durango's only school serving students from Kindergarten through the 8th grade.  7th grade begins for the 2023 - 2024 school year and 8th grade begins in 2024-2025.

The lottery will be pulled on March 14th. All families will be contacted via email by March 16th. You will be notified if your student has a spot or if your family is on the waiting list.
Tours will be held by appointment from 4-7 on January 25th, February 8th, and February 15th.  
Prospective students may shadow for up to two hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings.
To schedule a tour or a shadow day, please contact Cindy, our front office manager, at 970-764-4185 OR by email at [email protected]
Important dates for 2023
January 23 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 
The lottery will be drawn at 1:30. You can watch live here:
The recording will be posted here after the 14th
March 14, 15, 16 All families will be notified of their placement.
March 28
Last day for families who were drawn in the lottery to confirm acceptance of their seat(s)

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.