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Unlocking Knowledge: Educational Opportunities in Southwest Colorado - Part 9



Welcome to Part 9 of our series on life in Southwest Colorado. This installment dives into the region's educational landscape, highlighting schools, universities, and lifelong learning options. Whether you have a family to educate or are pursuing your own learning journey, Southwest Colorado offers a rich array of educational opportunities.

Public and Private Schools: In Southwest Colorado, you'll find a mix of public and private schools that cater to various educational needs. Key institutions include:

  • Cortez School District RE-1: Serving Cortez and the surrounding area, this school district provides K-12 education in a vibrant and diverse community.

  • Durango School District 9-R: Durango's school district offers a wide range of educational programs, emphasizing academic excellence, creativity, and innovation.

  • Montezuma-Cortez High School: Offering secondary education in Cortez, this high school focuses on preparing students for their academic and professional futures.

Higher Education: For those pursuing higher education, Southwest Colorado is home to universities and colleges that provide diverse academic opportunities:

  • Fort Lewis College (Durango): This liberal arts college offers a distinctive education in a stunning mountain setting, with a focus on both undergraduate and graduate programs.

  • San Juan College (Farmington, NM): Located just across the border, this college offers a wide variety of academic programs and workforce training, making it a valuable resource for the region.


Lifelong Learning and Cultural Enrichment: Beyond formal education, Southwest Colorado encourages lifelong learning and cultural exploration:

  • Durango Arts Center: Explore your creative side with art exhibitions, classes, and events at the Durango Arts Center.

  • Durango Public Library: An invaluable resource for readers and researchers, the library offers a wide range of materials and programs.

  • Mancos School of the West: The Mancos School of the West has a unique teaching philosophy, believing that there is no more special inspiration than working and learning directly in an artist's studio, or outdoors in the beautiful Mancos Valley. These special environments add to student engagement and enjoyment of their creative experiences.

Mancos, Colorado is a small, western town, steeped in history and surrounded by amazing views. One of the unique features of the Mancos Valley is the two hundred or so artists and artisans that live here. No wonder the idea of having an art school was first conceived and Mancos School of the West was born.

The school is a non-profit entity run entirely by volunteers, coming together to give working artists an opportunity to share their special skills and talents with others. We hope you find some classes and workshops to lift you to a new level in your creative ambitions and enjoy the many delights of the Mancos Valley.


The educational opportunities in Southwest Colorado are as diverse and dynamic as the landscape itself. Whether you're seeking quality primary and secondary education for your children, considering higher education options, or simply looking to enrich your life through cultural and lifelong learning experiences, this region has something for everyone. In our next installment, we'll explore the thriving arts and culture scene in Southwest Colorado, including theaters, galleries, and annual events that add vibrancy to the community.


Contact us today if you're looking to move to Southwest Colorado, we can help!



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