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Our mission is to develop capable, compassionate leaders for a changing world through experiential education; we integrate rigorous academic content with wellbeing science to create relevant and individualized experiential learning opportunities.


We use wellbeing science to innovate education, and provide youth with meaningful experiential leadership and academic 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.

Experiential Learning

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“Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.” 
John HoltLearning All The Time

 Student Leadership


"School must be a genuine form of active community life." - John Dewey

Academic  Rigor


"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

Rise to the challenge.


"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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 Paonia, Colorado

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