Creating options for our children and our community.


Thank you for your interest in our initiative. Our group submitted our application to Archuleta 50 JT School District on the 1st of August, 2016 and was APPROVED with conditions on the 12th of November, 2016. We are set to open the Pagosa Peak Open School as a K-8 public school option for our community in the Fall of 2017, beginning with grades K-4 and adding a grade each year until full built-out.

Enrollment for Fall 2017 is now open! All families must either attend an enrollment presentation, or schedule a private enrollment meeting with a PPOS school board member to learn about our unique model and family expectations. Please contact Ursala at 970-946-6204 or to schedule a meeting. You may download an enrollment application by clicking here. Enrollment applications are also available at the local Ruby Sisson Public Library.

We currently have 75 slots to fill (15 children per grade). If we get more applications than we have slots for, we will close enrollment by February 28th and hold an enrollment lottery on March 1st. Student names will be drawn at random, and siblings to chosen students will get enrollment priority.



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. The 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.

To read more about our educational philosophy and culture, click here!


Our group hosts a variety of public events to spread awareness of our endeavor, gain support, and offer opportunities to get involved. Click here to view our calendar of public meetings and gatherings.

If you would like to be notified of any upcoming presentations, public meetings, or future group updates, please join our mailing list by signing up using the form to the left. If you are interested in volunteering, either for events or on a committee, and/or would like to join our school board, please contact us directly. Thank you for your support!