Our mission is to humanize the educational experience, increase long-term
student wellbeing, and to send capable, compassionate leaders into the world
who understand how to thrive in our constantly changing environment.
We integrate well-being science with core academic content to create meaningful learning opportunities. We cultivate student wellbeing by educating students about their health, environment, social-civic, happiness, skills, academic engagement, safety and security. We foster a supportive environment where we learn from our mistakes and successes in order to develop confidence in our authentic selves. We encourage students, staff, and parents to learn together in a symbiotic relationship while sharing the responsibility of leadership.
Compassion, Inclusion, Tolerance, and Love
Self Reflection and Growth Mindset
Creative Exploration and Confident, Considered Risk-taking
Diversity in all its forms – ideas, perspectives, backgrounds, cultures
Thinking Globally and Acting Locally
Transparency and Open Communication
We brought our vision of a bright future for education to this beautiful
valley in western Colorado; we connected with families who supported us, and PELA was founded. We are a small private secondary school serving students in seventh through twelfth grade. We are changing education into an experience of self-discovery supported by a caring community.
"Every day I wake up and, for the first time ever, my education finally feels like an
extension of my life. I honestly couldn't
imagine myself anywhere else."
- Current Student
"School must be a genuine form of active community life." - John Dewey
"PELA is for students who are self- motivated and disciplined. It is not as easy as you would think, but if you challenge yourself and choose to push your boundaries, you will benefit immensely and forever." - Current Student
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