When public’s not an option

When public’s not an option

Remote McElmo Canyon held onto school with untried solution

When public’s not an option

Battle Rock Charter School kindergartener Heather Martinez prepares for a day-long hike in Sand Canyon, part of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
The mountain boomer lizard, seen on a recent hike near the school, is the mascot for Battle Rock Charter School.
Cyrell Dance is the only sixth grader at Battle Rock Charter School.
Battle Rock Charter School students pose for a goofy group photo at the end of a daylong hike in Sand Canyon, part of Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.
Sleeping Ute Mountain rises in the background as Battle Rock Charter School students, teachers and parents hike through Sand Canyon during a daylong hiking trip.
Battle Rock Charter School second grade student Skylee Lindsey explores a small cave during the hike in Sand Canyon.
Battle Rock Charter School fourth-graders Eric Williams and Harley Sparks raise the flag to start the school day.
Battle Rock Charter School teacher Moqui Mustain-Fury helps students assemble a paper quilt as a going-away gift for the school’s only other full-time teacher, Malina Suer.
The first rays of morning light color Battle Rock Charter School’s nearly century-old building. The school, in the heart of McElmo Canyon southwest of Cortez, has 38 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. When the school was threatened with closure in 1994, parents and community members rallied together to reopen Battle Rock as a charter school.
Battle Rock Charter School students, teachers and parents scramble up sandstone during a six-mile hike in Sand Canyon.
After a six-mile hike, Battle Rock Charter School students still have energy to play outside.
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A book about Battle Rock Charter School was published in 2002. Award-winning teacher, author and former journalist Bill Celis spent a year living in McElmo Canyon and chronicling life at the school. In his book, Battle Rock: The Struggle Over A

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