This photograph of Pleasant Valley and the San Juan Mountains helps to illustrate the rich contrasts which characterize our community and our schools. Ridgway is home to people of many backgrounds and interests, where families have made a living in ranching for generations, and where there is a passionate connection to the mountains that surround our town.

Our school community has an equal richness of diversity that makes it a unique and privileged place to learn and grow. The professionalism and heartfelt commitment of the staff defines the culture, where personalized attention fosters the development of each person to their fullest potential.

Ridgway School District R-2 is comprised of an elementary, middle and high school, located on a single 17-acre campus at the western edge of the Town of Ridgway. The District serves approximately 310 students from Ouray, San Miguel and Montrose Counties. The Colorado Department of Education recently ranked all three schools as having "high" academic performance.

At the heart of Ridgway Schools are an outstanding faculty. Our teachers are highly-prepared, share a love of teaching and have a diversity of backgrounds and professional experiences. We have a student / teacher ratio of 10:1, allowing for a level of individualized instruction and personal attention characterisic of a small, rural school.

Douglas Bissonette