Campo School District RE-6 is located in Campo, Colorado. The community is located in the southeastern part of Colorado and is found on the map 28 miles north of Boise City, Oklahoma, and 70 miles west of Elkhart, Kansas. The community consists of a one gas station, a Post Office, and one café. Approximately 100 residents are located in the community. The community is predominately farming and ranching. The extremely rural location provides challenges to the students and the staff as they participate in the work of education in the academic classrooms. However, through the use of grant money, the school has provided each student with the accessibility to a Chromebook. There are also several laptops available for student use. Elementary students in Pre-K through 5th grades have access to iPads for additional instruction and supplemental use in the classroom and remote learning.
The school system is comprised of approximately 48 students, 9 highly qualified classroom teachers, and 7 staff members including paraprofessionals, cooks, secretaries, bus drivers, and maintenance/custodian. A day care program is also available as a service for the children of employees and community members. The school is led by a five-member board of education as well as a superintendent and a principal.
Course offerings for junior high and high school students have and/or currently include Algebra I & II, Art, Band, Biology I, Chemistry I, Civics, Web Design, Yearbook, Earth Science, and English I, II, III, IV. Other courses include Family and Consumer Sciences, Financial Literacy, Geography, Geometry, Government, Health Sciences, Journalism, Physical Education, Physics, Service Learning, Shop, US History, and World History. Distance Learning provides an opportunity for Concurrent College Enrollment. With this enrollment opportunity, students may begin during the freshman year of high school to earn college credit. Through the courses available, students may earn an associate’s degree at the same time that graduation occurs from high school. There are multiple pathways to graduation from Campo High School.
Campo High School has many different opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and become involved in improving their community. The Student Council offers a variety of activities for students to not only be a voice for the student body and plan activities for celebrations but they also do a variety of fundraisers for the community and community service projects. The Youth Advisory Council focuses on service learning activities for students and have had the opportunity for their voices to be heard in the district, county and also at the state level. The Colorado Youth Congress has given students an opportunity to develop civic skills and to have their voices heard at the local and state level for change. Students have also had many other exciting opportunities in leadership such as Entrepreneurship competitions where they develop a business plan and present their work to a panel of judges where they have collectively been awarded over $5,000.
Campo School belongs to the South Baca Patriots Co-op which is comprised of athletes from two nearby communities—Pritchett and Vilas. This arrangement affords students from the three schools to compete in the athletic events of football, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, and track. These sports are open to junior high and high school students. The co-op is led by the school boards of each of the three schools, the administration and athletic director of each school, as well as an Administrator of Record for the co-op. Practices are rotated between the three schools and the “home” games are shared among the three schools.
Through the use of technology, field trips, and a variety of teaching methods, the students of the Campo School District RE-6 are afforded with the opportunity to participate in an outstanding learning environment. The “small school” setting provides students with a low student-teacher ratio and so many other opportunities that are not possible with large school enrollments. The school utilizes a motto of “Only My Best is Good Enough” as students and staff complete the work established by the Colorado Department of Education in the areas of the Colorado Academic Standards, educator effectiveness, and assessments.