Personal Skills

In addition to the three daily academic classes, students participate in a Personal Skill of their choice. Offerings vary from bloc to bloc according to the season, and are designed to provide each student with the opportunity to develop skills in outdoor education and fitness. We believe that students and faculty perform at a higher level of scholastic achievement when they are provided the opportunity to be active. The school’s proximity to the San Juan Mountains and the desert southwest affords virtually endless possibilities for variety of outdoor endeavors. Personal Skills offerings currently include:

  • rock climbing

  • mountain biking

  • kayaking

  • fly fishing

  • cross-country skiing

  • we also utilize the Durango Recreation Center where students can swim, play basketball & racquetball, lift weights and work on their cardio fitness.

Ski Bloc

Each of our students is afforded a season ski pass every year as a part of our outdoor pursuits program. During our fourth bloc, we shorten three class days in order to ski and snowboard at Purgatory Ski Resort.