The Telluride Public
School System (K-12) is remarkable for such a small community. The
curriculum includes wonderful special programs you would expect to
find only in private schools.
Public Schools set higher goals in 2007 than in previous years, and
the students did a good job meeting the expectations, and in fact
improved more in 2007 than in the past five years. The students
showing the most growth were our ESL students and our Special Ed
students. These students have the most catching up to do and it's a
triumph that they are moving in the right direction. Overall, we are
pleased with our recent
scores and celebrate our successes while keeping an eye on our weakest
Telluride School District grades
are well above the state averages. To view the Telluride Public
Schools Annual Report for overall school performance,
The school district takes pride in the integration
of educational technology and information literacy into teaching and
into learning as a means to raise student achievement.
In March, 2005, the 30,000 square foot Palm Theatre opened as a state of the art, multi-use performing arts facility located on the Telluride Middle-High School Campus. New opportunities in the performing arts included a drama/theater elective at the high school, a middle school
variety show, as well as numerous classroom productions, including the fifth grade Shakespeare play and seventh
grade Greek plays.
An international study program provides trips and study abroad. For extracurricular activities, the school provides an extensive ski program, mountain climbing expeditions, and a wide range of sports programs for both boys and girls.
Mountain School (K-12) -
In 1998, in addition to the public school system, Telluride Mountain
School was Founded as a private, non-profit, independent K-12 school.
Telluride Mountain School offers a preschool through high school
education, serving approximately 100 students from throughout the
Telluride region. Preschool and lower school children follow a
Montessori curriculum, which transitions into a traditional college
The school is organized into four divisions:
Mountain School: Preschool & Kindergarten
Telluride Mountain School,
challenging values-based curriculum, experiential learning program and
service learning trips,
critical thinking, aesthetic expression and ethical behavior.
The town has made a strong commitment to providing recreational opportunities for its residents, and the result is a combination of facilities that is truly amazing for such a small community. The beautiful centrally-located park has playing fields for team sports, a swimming pool, tennis and volleyball courts, a children’s playground, a kids’ fishing pond, a basketball court, a skateboard ramp, and an ice skating rink. A new covered ice rink and pavilion opened in 2004.
The Town Park has an extensive camping area for nightly stays. In addition, the stage used for the summer festivals and performances is located here. The stage is renowned as a first-class facility by the musicians, actors, technicians, producers and directors who come here to present their performances and productions.
With the park and its facilities, with
trailheads right in town leading to the extensive trail system, and with the wonderful
3-mile paved bike trail running out to Society Turn, Telluride
provides great in-town recreation to complement the excellent
recreation available in the nearby mountains.
gorgeous Wilkinson Public Library
opened its doors in August 2000. The new building provides the
community with a state-of-the-art facility for the 21st century.
It not only provides space for a book collection triple the size
of the existing one, but features enlarged computer services,
a great number of documentary videos, and space for community
meetings. The hugely expanded children's area has separate sections
for different age groups and even a "parent's corner" apart from
yet close to their youngsters. Architecturally beautiful with
its copper tower, light and airy inside, and handsomely decorated,
the new library makes it clear that the life of the intellect
is of the highest value to our community.
commuting to work each day on a gondola! Transportation specialists
come from all over the world to study Telluride's unique- and
free! - gondola transportation system. Skiers, tourists
and locals alike take advantage of the gondola to travel quickly
and effortlessly between Telluride and Mountain Village –
and, as a bonus, they enjoy one of the most beautiful rides in
By the terms of an agreement between Telluride, Mountain
Village, and San Miguel County, the gondola will remain free until
at least the year 2020, guaranteeing its continued success as
a link uniting the two communities. It is also a tourist attraction
in itself, providing families with a fun ride to entertain their
children. The gondola gives them a great view of the Telluride
area, and, if they're lucky, a close look at the elk, deer, and
marmots who go about their activities as the gondola passes silently
The Telluride Spirit
There is an amazingly strong community spirit
in Telluride. In 2002, the ski company's celebrated its 30th
anniversary in Telluride, giving locals an opportunity to do a
little reminiscing. In many ways, it's amazing just how little
this historic western outpost has changed.
To this day, Telluride has retained the charm for which it's famous. While a stop at the post office can take over an hour with all the socializing that happens there, skiers and snowboarders rarely wait in lift lines. Cowboys and artists still outnumber bankers and lawyers, and adventurers and entrepreneurs still make up the bulk of the town's population. Despite its diversity, the community comes together whenever a resident needs help, in the true small-town tradition of old.
Most Telluriders recognize how fortunate they are to be living in one of the truly special places on the planet - and are determined to make every effort to keep it that way.
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