I chose to go to Animas because it is not like other schools. It is smaller, for one thing, which means less people. The teachers are nicer than the teachers in middle school, and I really like calling them by their first names. It feels so impersonal when you call a person by their last names, and more friendly to call them by their first names. It is important to have connections to your teachers because then you get a better education and can ask for help when you need it easier. I also like how accepting everyone is, and it does feel like a community. All of the upperclassmen haven't been jerks to the freshmen yet, as far as I know. They've actually been super friendly, regardless of what grade you're in. Everyone knows everyone at Animas. At DHS there are a ton of people, and the quality of teaching is not as good, so I've heard. I'm still not sure why people go to DHS, besides that it's closer to town. The other thing about Animas is that it is hands-on learning. I like making projects, most of the time, so for me it is refreshing to not have to take notes and then write an essay without being creative or really understanding the subject in the first place. The last hing I want to mention is that the learning is actually relevant to my life, and we are learning about current events just as much as if not more than past events. These are the reasons that I refuse to go to DHS.