Colorado Timberline Academy

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  • Colorado Timberline Academy is a non-traditional college preparatory, co-ed, secondary boarding/day school dedicated to changing the lives of students who have experienced difficulties in a previous high school setting.
  • Our mission is to prepare students academically and socially for the challenges they face upon graduation.
  • Through our diverse curriculum and outdoor programs we foster freedom with responsibility, creativity, and respect for self, each other and the environment.
  • Colorado Timberline Academy's primary objective is to provide an environment where a feeling of self-appreciation can be fostered.
  • When a student realizes that he or she is able to be successful, self-appreciation develops along with a sense of control over one's environment.
  • Consequently, the strong characteristics of students must be recognized and reinforced so that they realize that they are a success.
  • Once that initial success is recognized, students may utilize confidence and self-appreciation in dealing with other challenges, both academic and social.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.AdvancED
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia and other mild language and auditory learning differences.
Year Founded1975

Student Body

Total Students30 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 23%
Students by GradeColorado Timberline Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
90%
Average Class Size6 students
Number of AP Courses7 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1290
Average ACT score23
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$35,000
Tuition NotesNote: day student tuition is lower then residentual
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorIan Altman

Sports

Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Ultimate Frisbee, WeightliftingAlpine SkiingClimbing,
Cross CountryCycling,
MountaineeringNordic Skiing,
Rock ClimbingSnowboarding,
Ultimate FrisbeeWeightlifting,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Durango Youth Soccer Association

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Indoor Rock Climbing Gym, Purgatory Ski Resort

School Notes

  • Colorado Timberline Academy is a non-traditional college preparatory, co-ed, secondary boarding/day school dedicated to changing the lives of students who have experienced difficulties in a previous high school setting. Our mission is to prepare students academically and socially for the challenges they face upon graduation. Through our diverse curriculum and outdoor programs we foster freedom with responsibility, creativity, and respect for self, each other and the environment. Colorado Timberline Academy's primary objective is to provide an environment where a feeling of self-appreciation can be fostered. When a student realizes that he or she is able to be successful, self-appreciation develops along with a sense of control over one's environment. Consequently, the strong characteristics of students must be recognized and reinforced so that they realize that they are a success. Once that initial success is recognized, students may utilize confidence and self-appreciation in dealing with other challenges, both academic and social.

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I started attending CTA this January and I love it! The teachers really care about you and will do anything to help you succeed. Whether it's giving you advice, a shoulder to cry on or working with you in study hall on their free time with classwork or studying for a test. I was nervous starting mid year but that was absolutely not a problem, everyone was welcoming and I fit in instantly. I plan on graduating from CTA and can't see myself anywhere else. The outdoor sports program is outstanding! I have tried things I never would've probably without coming here. I did not have a great academic history and since attending I have been an honor roll student all of my attendance at CTA. The bloc system keeps everything fresh taking a new class every 4-5 weeks and provides a new start in sequence classes, and with taking only 3 classes at a time it makes it easier to stay on top of all of your work. With the bloc system you can also finish classes and achieve credits in a very timely manner, I finished an entire year of biology in three months. By far the best decision I have ever made.
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The average private school tuition in Colorado is $8,155 for elementary schools and $14,557 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Colorado is 91% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).