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Gifted and Talented Appeal Process

Parents may appeal a decision by asking for the reconsideration of the results of any part of the identification process which would include the following: screening procedure or assessment instrument (which results in identification); the scheduling of children for assessment; the placement of a student in any program; and receipt of services. Parents should submit a letter to the Principal outlining the nature of the concern, and with supporting documentation attached.

The parent must provide evidence that the child’s knowledge, skills, and abilities are superior to those demonstrated and measured by school personnel. Testing from an outside source will be considered, but Durango School District 9R is not responsible for any costs incurred if a parent chooses to obtain information this way. The Principal and/or the Director of Special Education will convene a meeting with the parent/guardian, and the appeal committee to review the appeal request. The Principal will issue a written final decision within 30 days of the appeal. This written notice will include the reason(s) for the decision.

Please note that placement decisions are reversed only in instances where extensive documentation is presented providing significant evidence that the child’s knowledge, skills, and abilities are superior to those measured by school personnel. The decision of the appeal committee is final.

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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