Telluride Mountain School

Telluride Mountain School Photo #1 - Winter programs are designed around snow, winter ecology, avalanche education and include a full-season, on-mountain ski and snowboard Ski P.E. program that accommodates all skill levels, from the recreational skier/snowboarder to the aspiring competitor.
Telluride Mountain School Photo #2 - Telluride Mountain School is an innovative learning community where strong academics, enriching experiences, and meaningful relationships develop confident, curious students who passionately contribute to the world.
Telluride Mountain School Photo #3 - Experiential programs are the capstone experience for year-long classroom learning and real life immersion. Students gain practical knowledge of classroom curricula while traveling with peers to domestic and international destinations. Each year, trips are unique and foster enriching new learning experiences.
Telluride Mountain School Photo #4 - Through a traditional Montessori curriculum, children enjoy the magic of childhood with freedom to explore their innate curiosities in a safe and carefully prepared indoor and outdoor environment. Children are encouraged to be independent lifelong learners and problem-solvers.
Telluride Mountain School Photo #5 - Telluride Mountain School students thrive in child-centered multi-age classrooms. Students master the skills, habits, and attitudes necessary for succeeding in a challenging academic environment.
Telluride Mountain School Photo #6 - Telluride Mountain School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, an academically challenging and balanced pre-university curriculum for students in their final two years of high school.
Telluride Mountain School Photo #7 - Outdoor Education programs emphasize teamwork and a connection with our unique local region. Students become competent, experienced and respectful outdoor enthusiasts, while developing leadership skills, resilience, perseverance, self-confidence and lifelong friendships.
Telluride Mountain School Photo #8 - In twice-weekly music classes, a learn by doing" approach encourages personal expression, true attentiveness and engagement through student choice. The program includes individual instruction, songwriting, ensemble playing, singing and understanding of tone production
Telluride Mountain School is an independent school serving students preschool through high school and is an innovative learning community where strong academics, enriching experiences, and meaningful relationships develop confident, curious students who passionately contribute to the world.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
International Montessori Council (IMC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1998

Student Body

Total Students113 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Telluride Mountain School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(collared shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,000
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$12,000
Admissions DirectorTara Barnett


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Nordic Skiing, SnowboardingAlpine SkiingFreestyle Skiing,
Nordic SkiingSnowboarding,

School Notes

  • Telluride Mountain School, accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools, was founded to provide a challenging academic program that combines college preparation with outdoor education and community service. From a starting enrollment of 6 in 1998, the school today serves over 120 day boys and girls in Preschool to Grade 12. The values-based curriculum is designed to develop well-rounded young citizens of a global society. The program begins with a Montessori preschool, phasing into a more traditional approach for the upper grades. The core curriculum centers on reading/writing and language arts, math, science and social studies, with technology used throughout the disciplines. Spanish, music, visual and dramatic arts, and physical education are also integral to the curriculum. The International Baccalaureate Diploma program is offered for juniors and seniors. A Winter Sports Program capitalizes on the school's setting in prime ski country and includes instruction for all ability and interest levels, from the recreational skier/snowboarder to the aspiring Olympic competitor. Experiential learning trips and community service expand learning beyond the classroom locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school to Telluride Mountain School is Spring Creek Adventist School (37.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school and preschool is Telluride Elementary School (3.5 miles away)
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