Colorado Timberline Academy

5.00 5 1 (2 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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  • 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. . .

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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%
66%
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$52,850
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$15,938$28,400
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
90%
56%
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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