Pagosa Peak Open School is an intentionally small and intimate tuition-free 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 12,800 people.
We opened our doors in September 2017 as a tuition-free K-4 school, located in the Parelli Building in the Aspen Village “live-work-play” community. Our plan is to add an additional grade level each year, to become a K-8 school. We are enrolling grades K-7 for the 2020-2021 school year. The school is open to all Archuleta County families and operates year-round to better accommodate our focus on outdoor education and gardening/horticulture.
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.
You can learn more about our school here:
Our Philosophy & Culture
School News (Blog)