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Shared Schooling

Shared School Mission Statement

The Mission of Durango Shared School is to partner with our homeschool students and families to provide enriched learning opportunities and support through experiential activities in a safe, nurturing environment. 

We value:

  • Lasting relationships
  • Multi-age interactions
  • Hands on experiences utilizing the 4C’s (Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical thinking)
  • The love of learning
  • Diversity

Shared School Vision Statement

Durango Shared School offers enrichment opportunities that enhance learning through creative collaboration linking home and school communities.

About Shared School 

Shared schooling is a unique program offered by Durango School District 9-R that gives families another choice in educating their children. The homeschool provides the content for skill development in literacy and numeracy while the Shared School engages students in discovery, practice, and inquiry in Art, Music, Spanish, Creative Writing, PE, and more. Typically, these content areas are the most challenging for homeschool families to offer.  We value creativity, collaboration, hands-on experiences, and growth.  Share Schooling elementary students attend the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and middle school students attend on Wednesdays.  Shared School students attend school 90 hours a semester, which is the equivalent of six hours per week.  The elementary and middle level Shared School programs meet in the lower level of Miller Middle School where we have a dynamic program that truly engages students in enrichment learning activities. 

        Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Students participate in a full day of engaging enrichment activities.
  • Small school setting where teachers know all students.
  • A great opportunity for Home School students to interact with their peers.
  • Access to arts and partners.
  • Instructional models that incorporate the whole child.

Shared Schooling Registration

Durango School District 9-R’s Shared School Program is currently taking applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  The shared school program is designed for home school families and offers such classes as art, music, drama computer, PE and Spanish.  Elementary classes (K-5) meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45am until 3:00pm.  Middle school classes (6-8) meet on Wednesdays from 8:15am until 3:00pm.  The district is exploring options and considering expanding the middle school program to two days a week for the upcoming school year.  All classes meet at Miller Middle School. 

If you are interested in being part of the Shared School Program please contact Becky Wigton at (970) 247-1418 x 2530, and complete the following forms:

Annual Notification of Established Home Study

Registration Form

You will also need to bring immunization records and your child's birth certificate.

If you are interested in participating in a Shared School experience at your neighborhood school please complete the forms at the bottom of this page and meet with your school principal for approval.


Shared School also partners with local private schools including:

Staff Listing

Name Email  Job Title Ext.
Becky Wigton  Shared Schooling Coordinator 2530

John Marchino  Shared Schooling Principal  1105

District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,500
  • Teachers: 294
    • 12 Years Avg Experience
    • 61% with Master's Degree
  • Support Staff: 193
  • Schools:
    • 7 Elementary Schools
    • 2 Middle Schools
    • 2 High Schools
    • Area Served: 1,039 sq miles

Our Mission

The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

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