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The Juniper School is Durango's only school serving students from Kindergarten through the 8th grade. Juniper is a free charter school.

The lottery will be pulled on March 4th. All families will be contacted via email by March 8th. 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 on Tuesdays. Please email the front office at [email protected]

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.