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District Mission Statement

Manzanola School District 3J shall strive to provide a safe environment, meaningful opportunities and innovative educational programs for all students so that they reach their learning potential, including that they meet or exceed state and district content standards, through partnerships between home, school, and the community.

About Us

Manzanola is a small rural town located in the southeastern part of Colorado in the Arkansas Valley in Otero County. This area is known for producing much of the fruit and vegetables of the state of Colorado. The elevation of Manzanola is 4255 and the population is between 450 and 500.

Manzanola School District 3J is comprised of Manzanola Elementary School (K-5) and Manzanola Jr-Sr High School (6-12). The current enrollment of each school is about 85 students. Bobcat Pride runs deep throughout this small community.

Manzanola School District offers concurrent credit classes through Otero Junior College in La Junta, where students receive both high school and college credit, in the areas of Math, English, and Speech. Also the district encourages students to take classes at OJC, either in person or online, and will pay tuition for up to 5 classes per semester, which includes concurrent classes.

High School athletic teams offered include 6-man football, girls volleyball, basketball, wrestling and baseball. Arrangements are being made with area schools for interested students to participate in cross-country, golf, softball and track. Junior High athletic teams include football, girls volleyball, baseball, basketball and track.

Clubs and other activities include FFA, Student Council, National Honor Society, Claws for a Cause, Robotics, Art and Drama.

Manzanola School District has been awarded a BEST Grant to build a new addition to the existing Temple Buell Jr/Sr High School building, which is on track to be completed in August 2021. Beginning June 2021, the Temple Buell building will be closed for renovations.

Manzanola School District 3J


32475 County Road 11.5, Manzanola, CO 81058

(look for the number 301 on the new front door entrance)


Fax 719-462-5708

Manzanola School District 3J

32475 County Road 11.5

Manzanola, Colorado 81058


Fax 719-462-5708

Manzanola School District 3J

Financial Transparency

Required Financial Transparency - Colorado Revised Statutes, 22-44-304

Disclaimer: Please consider the context when evaluating financial transactions. Some transactions may appear improper on the surface but are perfectly normal and justifiable when placed in the proper context. We welcome your questions regarding our financial transactions or records.

Manzanola School District 3J is an equal opportunity provider. Manzanola School District 3J does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nancy Westfall, Superintendent 301 South Catalpa, Manzanola, CO 81058 719-462-5528 nancy.westfall@manzanola.k12.co.usFor further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit the Office For Civil Rights for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.District employees receive annual training in order to continue providing a Safe Supportive Learning Environment.