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Schools & Program Visits - Jun, 1996 Issue #40 

Colorado Timberline Academy
Durango, Colorado 
Nancy Hoffman, Admissions

Though not an emotional growth school, CTA seems like a school with a tighter structure than most traditional boarding schools, and thus might be a good transition school for a graduate of an emotional growth school.  The reasons are it is a small (45) coed boarding school with small classes, it emphasizes aspects of the inner life (self-appreciation), it sees itself as a community (most staff live on campus to better work and relate with the students), and structure and boundaries for the students is considered very important.

"Colorado Timberline Academy's primary objective is to provide an environment where a feeling of self-appreciation can be fostered.  When a student realizes that he or she can be successful, self-appreciation develops along with a sense of control over one's environment.  Consequently, the strong characteristics of a student must be recognized and reinforced so that he realizes that he is a success."

"We believe intimacy to be an essential ingredient in the promotion of community ideals and individual growth.:

"CTA offers involvement in a close knit community and the opportunity for active participation in one's learning environment with direction from a resident faculty."

"One of the primary qualifications for admission into CTA is a student's desire to be part of our community and to participate academically and socially.  When we perceive that a student is not working toward his potential academically, we try to deal with the student's problems individually.  Then it is imperative that the student begins to show improvement.  If we cannot help effect a change then it is best for us to admit so, and ask the student to leave."

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