Colorado Timberline Academy

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
454 Academy Drive
Durango, CO 81301
  • Colorado Timberline Academy is a co-ed, secondary boarding/day school dedicated to changing the lives of students who are seeking deeper connection with their peers, teachers, and environment to improve or enhance their academic performance.
  • Our campus lies within the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado within a days reach of alpine and desert wilderness. Outdoor activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, and backpacking are central to our culture.
  • 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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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Colorado TimberlineBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19751907
Campus Size53 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment46 students310 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
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
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


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

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1115
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Ultimate Frisbee


Total Extracurricular Organizations424
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Yearbook Staff

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics, Film Photography

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Backcountry Skiing

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 45 students
  • An average class size of eight students
  • An outdoor pursuits program that involves every student in an outdoor activity of their choosing: skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, kayaking, fly-fishing, backpacking, rock climbing, and more.
  • Three school-wide wilderness trips a year
  • An outstanding record of college admissions
  • An excellent selection of electives: art, drama, and more
  • A structured day that builds good school habits and learning skills
  • Creative, highly capable, and non-conforming students who "march to the beat of a different drummer."
  • Students who thrive participating in outdoor experiences unique to our Colorado mountain setting which are built into our curriculum.
  • Students who respond to an intimate, family atmosphere with small classes and meaningful relationships with teachers and peers.
  • Students who could find greater motivation from a non-traditional program.
  • Families who need the flexibility of our block system and rolling admissions to make a change mid-stream through the year.
  • Students whose academic progress has been interrupted and need to get back on track.
  • Students looking for a supportive environment due to family and social difficulties but whose needs do not require a therapeutic program.
  • Students who would benefit from more individualized attention and daily structure.
  • Families whose careers have made it difficult for their children to have a "home-base."International students who would thrive in a smaller community in order to immerse themselves in American culture.
  • LD types supported: Yes
  • Colorado Timberline Academy accreditations: Cognia

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