About Pagosa Peak Open School

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 are located in Pagosa Springs, Colorado — nestled below the rugged San Juan Mountains at an altitude of 7000 feet and surrounded by 3 million acres of San Juan National Forest, rivers, lakes, mineral hot springs, and abundant wildlife — amenities that help create an outdoor recreational paradise. Area attractions include Wolf Creek Ski Area, known for the “Most Snow in Colorado”, and a 27-hole championship golf course. Pagosa Springs serves as the county seat for Archuleta County, with a county-wide population of about 12,500 people.

We plan to open our doors in Fall 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.

Our Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes are currently fully enrolled; students can be added to the Waiting List for those grades. 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grades are still accepting enrollment applications. You can download the enrollment packet here as a PDF, or contact Kierstan Renner, Vice President, 970-946-6362 for further information.

April 9 Board Meeting May Include Executive Session

The public is invited to attend. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of the meeting…

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Pagosa Peak Announces School Director Finalist

Pagosa Peak Open School has announced its finalist for the School Director position: educator James Lewicki…

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Pagosa Peak Board Attends League of Charter Schools’ 2017 Conference

After an intense three days at the Conference, we were ready to head home, loaded with all of our wares, knowledge and budding friendships…

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Round-table Informational Workshop for Educators on March 13

Those interested in learning more about Pagosa Peak’s educational model — and what it may look like to become a Pagosa Peak advisor (teacher) or staff member — are invited and encouraged to join us at a round-table presentation and discussion…

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Archuleta School District Approves Pagosa Peak Charter Contract

At a special meeting on February 17, 2017, the Archuleta School District (ASD) Board of Education unanimously approved a contract with Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) to create the first charter school in Archuleta County….

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The founding board spent two years visiting 17 innovative schools in Colorado and New Mexico, and we have chosen to model our educational program and school culture on our favorite three schools: Jefferson County Open School, Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences, and Crestone Charter School.

Click here to read more about those research visits.

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