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Animas High School

We are a public, free charter school in Durango, Colorado. We offer a rigorous, personalized college preparatory curriculum that is engaging and meaningful. We deliver our curriculum through projects. That means that our students have the opportunity to apply their learning through relevant, real-world experiences. We have based our school off of a wildly popular and successful model from California called High Tech High. Together we are accomplishing great things! At Animas High School, we use our Habits of Heart and Mind to help foster our Culture of Excellence. It is how we go about solving problems, interacting and collaborating with each other. Habits of Heart and Mind give teachers and students a common language to help them deepen their thinking and relationships with each other. We encourage all members of our community to use these mental processing techniques, and reinforce them to the point where they become "habits." Habits of Heart and Mind at Animas High School include: Perspective-Have a point of view; respect and understand the points of view of others. Take a stand, but be willing to listen to other ideas than your own. Advocacy-When you need help, or when you don't understand, ask questions. When you can't connect to a project, schedule a meeting with a teacher. Advocate for your classmates, for your community, for your planet. Perseverance- Don't give up. Learn to work through difficulty. Evidence-Use it to back up your perspective. Require it from others who make claims. Make decisions based on it. Refinement-Take pride in everything you do in class and make it beautiful, whether you are reading, writing, speaking, or creating.

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