Pagosa Charter School

+1 (970) 317-2151

7 Parelli Way

Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Pagosa Peak Open School is an intentionally small and intimate K-8 public school, chartered through the Archuleta School District and governed by an independent, volunteer board of directors.

We opened our doors in September 2017 as a tuition-free K-4 school, open to all Archuleta County families. The school will operate year-round to better accommodate our focus on outdoor education and gardening/horticulture.

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The "Open School" Framework

Open education is motivated by a belief that children have a natural desire to learn, and that desire can be encouraged when given access to multiple avenues to obtain the knowledge that interests them. Click here to learn more about our school!

Year-round Schooling

In order to facilitate PPOS’s stress on environmental education and health, the school will operate on a year-round schedule, thus providing access to summertime activities — hikes, outdoor science experiments, and our "Edible Schoolyard”.

Enrollment Info

Enrollment policy & application

Our Staff

Meet our teachers!

School Calendar

2017-2018 Academic Calendar

The Open School Mobile App

Pagosa Peak Open School aims to inspire a passion and respect for learning, knowledge, character and skills, enabling children to pursue their dreams and lead meaningful lives. Children are nurtured and engaged through outdoor education, hands-on projects, and community involvement.

Pagosa Peak Open School is committed to providing a flexible, respectful and inclusive learning environment built upon individual competencies and interests, where education evolves as a creative process, fostering self-sufficient individuals with inquisitive minds. By exploring subjects through participation in natural environments, student achievement is amplified and a strong sense of place is solidified, inevitably supporting community vitality and a healthy planet.

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"ABCs of Gardening in Pagosa Springs" book release party!

On Thursday, March 22nd at 2:15 the PPOS 1st-3rd grade Pikas will host the first book release party at Pagosa Peak Open School.  We will…

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Spring Break Movie Night showing HOP!

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Family Math Night, THURSDAY March 1st @ 6:00

Join us for FAMILY MATH NIGHT on March 1st at 6:00PM! Families will be broken up into their child's math group, explore the current learning…

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Family Literacy Night, February 8th @ 5:30

  Join us for FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT on February 8th at 5:30! Families will be broken up into their child's literacy group, explore the current…

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Charter Schools are public schools
  • Charter schools are tuition-free
  • Charter schools operate separately from the school district and has its own board of directors
  • Charter schools are accredited
  • Charter schools accept students with IEP and 504 Plans
  • Charter schools ARE mandated to participate in state testing
  • Charter schools are not required to follow certain Colorado Laws, including hiring “certified teachers”

The “Open School” framework that we’ve chosen to adopt refers to the elimination of barriers in education that can prevent broader ideas of success and recognition. Open education is motivated by a belief that children have a natural desire to learn, and that desire can be encouraged when given access to multiple avenues to obtain the knowledge that interests them. The means in which this type of learning is facilitated generally involves hands-on experiences, where children take responsibility for their educational decisions, and students are able to experience the emotional and physical side of education. Open education allows children to have a deeper understanding of how education and community is related. Teachers in turn become the learning assistant. Teachers are to observe, guide, and provide materials for the learners; they facilitate not dominate the learning process.

Open School Classrooms are:

  • Ungraded: Students write narrative self-evaluations in order to complete classes and teachers respond indicating whether a student has achieved an appropriate level of proficiency.
  • Non-graded: Students enroll in a multi-aged grouping such as Early Learning Center (typically grades 1-3)
  • With the exception of project work, there will be no regularly assigned homework.

Assessments will reflect the ongoing change and growth innate in this communitydriven system. Although the assessments legally required by the state of Colorado will be performed as required, the staff, students and parents/guardians will be involved in creating a much broader assessment system to track whether the individualized instruction is succeeding to meet its stated goals.

The in-school assessment system will include both formative and summative assessments, which will be created collaboratively based on input from all participants.

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