Why Choose DMS
Loving and experienced teachers
Intentional, supportive community environment
Emphasis on collaborative relationship-building, independence, and academic growth
Small class sizes
Enriching field trip and excursion opportunities
Unique location in historic multi-use community building in downtown Durango
Our school is community-centered and caring: through all-school community meetings, parent volunteer involvement, birthday celebrations, peace awards, and more. We encourage and model respect and care for each other through everything we do. Your child will recall crafting unique science fair and Peace Day projects each year, making Friendship Fruit Salad alongside their classmates, holding special birthday celebrations with a symbolic Montessori tradition, and sharing in many longstanding school traditions that set Durango Montessori apart.
We also allow ample outdoor lunch and recess time, and spend lots of time in the Smiley Building’s large, grassy play yard, aligning with our core value of play and outdoor time being critical to children’s development.
Students are given time in which they choose their own work, while still being responsible for completing specific tasks on time. The Montessori method allows students to work on a skill until they have mastered it. Middle school teachers tell us that our 5th graders come to middle school fully prepared, eager learners, and often ahead of other students.
We partner with the 9R Shared School program and local professionals to provide art, music, P.E., movement, peace works, social/emotional learning, Spanish, and cultural studies. We also offer varying field trips and excursions each year, including Nordic skiing, ice skating, nature studies at Colvig Silver Camps, and the Powerhouse Science Center.