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Ray Borane Middle School

RBMS Front Entrance
RBMS Front Entrance

Ray Borane Middle School (RBMS) is one of two middle schools in the Douglas Unified School District.

About the Douglas Unified School District:

Douglas Unified School District #27 (DUSD) encompasses 552 square miles, extending from the border with Mexico on the south and 15 miles north, and from the Arizona/New Mexico border on the east to a line one mile west of King's Highway.

The Douglas Unified School District serves nearly 3,800 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades and employs over 200 certified staff, made up of 187 teachers, 18 administrators, 8 counselors, and 4 nurses. We employ more than 250 support staff, including 87 teaching assistants who support the classroom teachers and our students.

There are five elementary schools serving students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Two middle schools serve our sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, while Douglas High School educates the young people in ninth through twelfth grades. Clawson Elementary and Faras Elementary both have pre-school classes.

DUSD's population is 96% Hispanic and 23% of our students are considered English Language Learners (ELL) or Limited English Proficient (LEP). Therefore, our district has developed an exceptionally strong Structured English Immersion (SEI) Program to serve our students.

Strong ESL Program

Bilingual endorsement to good use. Situated right on the border with Mexico, Douglas is composed of a population in which approximately 94% of the people are Hispanic. Of our 3,800 students, approximately 66% are English Language Learners (ELL) or Limited English Proficient (LEP). Our district has developed a strong English As A Second Language (ESL) program to serve these students. 

Team Environment

Unlike the anonymity that can develop in large metropolitan areas, a community like Douglas fosters a close knit team environment where bus drivers, teachers, administrators, parents, food service workers, counselors, nurses, teacher aids, custodial staff, and secretaries all pull together to make our schools and our students successful.

About Our Community

Douglas, Arizona lies in the southeastern corner of Arizona on the border with Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, at an elevation of nearly 4,000 feet. We enjoy a quiet, rural lifestyle and one of the best climates in the nation.

The population of our friendly community is approximately 15,000 and the population of Agua Prieta is over 100,000. The two cities, separated by a chain link fence, share an interdependent economy and culture.

The Douglas community works closely with the school district to the benefit of our students. In 1994 the District and the City of Douglas, along with the Cochise Private Industry Council teamed up to write a grant. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Douglas Youth Fair Chance $3 million to start an alternative high school and provide comprehensive school-to-work transition services, a strong community program, plus recreation, sports, and cultural activities.

Quiet Rural Lifestyle

Douglas lies in the southeastern corner of Arizona on the border with Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico at an elevation of nearly 4,000 feet. We enjoy a quiet, rural lifestyle and one of the best climates in the nation. The community puts a high priority on education and its supportive attitude is evidenced in the programs and partnerships shared.