The Telluride R-1 School District is consistently recognized by the state for its excellence and progressive learning environment and was recently noted for superior standardized test scores, far above the Colorado state average. The district, which serves more than 585 students and boasts a staff of more than 80 full- and part-time professionals, is comprised of an elementary school and a middle/high school. Both schools recently underwent sizeable renovations and additions.
Telluride Mountain School is an independent school for preschool through 12th grade. In 2006, the school was accredited by the Colorado Association of Independent Schools, and has approximately 100 students and 20 teachers and staff members.
Preschool and Daycare programs are numerous in the region, all with great reputations.
Outdoor Programs for kids are abundant. During the school year, programs like Ski P.E. are available, while in the summer, Telluride Academy is an adventure camp that offers everything from rock climbing and backpacking to theater and rocket building. It is the largest outdoor enrichment and adventure program in Western Colorado with over 100 camp programs offered. The Pinhead Institute, a Smithsonian Affiliate is a STEM education organization spreading the love of science and technology. Pinhead educates and inspires children and adults in the greater Telluride region through classes, camps, in-school and community programs and prized internships.