Colorado Timberline Academy

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
Tel: 970-247-5898
454 Academy Drive
Durango, CO 81301
  • 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.

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  • Fort Lewis College
    Colorado Timberline Academy is very non-traditional because of the size of the school. You have to be comfortable with living in very close quarters with a limited amount of people for the duration of your. . .
  • full sail university
    This school is unique because it revolves around skiing. I really enjoyed going to this school because there is such a different school curriculum than any other school.. . .
  • Oregon State University
    CTA is very unique in that it works on a bloc system. Students take 3 courses per bloc, and blocs are 4-5 weeks in length. Students are very engaged during the long class. . .
  • Oberlin College (BA); Syracuse University (EMPA, Ph.D.)
    I fell through the cracks at my excellent, but large and competitive, public school in Westchester. At Colorado Timberline Academy, with its unique block system, tiny classes (3 to 6), and intimate atmosphere (we called. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Colorado TimberlineBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19751910
Campus Size53 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment46 students300 students
% Students of Color
5%
20%
% International Students
5%
20%
% Students Boarding
95%
67%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score24*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size6 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
60%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$31,500$53,300
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$15,938$28,500
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
90%
54%
Director of AdmissionsIan Altman

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1014
SportsAlpine Skiing, Climbing, Cycling, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

    Colorado Timberline Academy offers a close-knit community with educational and outdoor-oriented excellence:
  • A strong academic program for grades 9-12 and post-graduate
  • A maximum enrollment of 50 students
  • An average class size of eight students
  • An outstanding record of college admissions
  • An excellent selection of electives: computers, art, drama and more
  • A structured day which builds good school habits and learning skillsA sports activity program which involves every student in outdoor activities: soccer, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, camping, rock climbing and more.
Colorado Timberline Academy best serves and is dedicated to helping:
  • Students who have not done well in a traditional high school program as a result of poor motivation.
  • Students whose academic progress has been interrupted and who need remedial work to get back on track.
  • Students who are capable and often highly creative but have struggled to have those strengths realized and recognized. They are seen as "marching to the beat of a different drummer" and may dress or express themselves in a non-traditional and non-conforming manner.
  • Non-achieving but capable students who seem to lack motivation to do well in school and who need daily structure to provide incentive for success.
  • Students who respond to an intimate, family atmosphere with small classes and a very favorable teacher to student ratio to help students grow academically and socially.
  • Students who enjoy the outdoor experiences built into our curriculum and found in our beautiful Colorado mountain setting.
  • Students whose behavior and attitude do not require the more restrictive environment of a therapeutic, emotional growth or rehab program but who do not qualify for a traditional boarding school for mainstream, high achieving students.
  • Students who do not fit the mainstream of a public school and whose lack of success, often the result of a learning difference or difficulty, may have led to disciplinary problems or minor drug and alcohol issues.
  • Students whose lack of academic progress and behavioral issues have likely led to high levels of parental and family conflict.
  • Students who have successfully completed a wilderness program or behavior modification program and who are at risk of returning to prior behavior by being placed in a previous school or home environment.
  • LD types supported: Yes
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