TSD Superintendent

Michael Gass

Telluride High School US News and World Report Ranking Telluride High School was recently ranked number 10 in Colorado in the latest US News and World Report Best High Schools Ranking.  This ranking was accompanied by a Gold Medal distinction by the magazine based on College Readiness, as indicated by AP placement testing and student preparedness as determined by state testing such as CSAP.  The number 10 ranking in the State of Colorado equates to a number 334 ranking in the entire United States.  This is a great honor for Telluride High School as one example of the national recognition that our school has achieved. This is the first time THS received Gold Medal Distinction.  We continue to look at opportunities for growth while we take this time to celebrate the work of our students and faculty.  Click here to see the US News and World Report ranking.

Telluride Schools are known for exemplary K-12 programs and high student achievement. The Telluride test scores on the Colorado State Test (TCAP) are consistently among the highest in the state. Outstanding programs and opportunities for students include advanced placement courses, specialized mentorships with community members, individual enrichment plans for students, extensive technology experiences and experiential learning opportunities. The district has a partnership with the Telluride Ski and Golf Company to provide students with an outstanding ski/snowboard physical education program (Ski PE) each winter. There is also a comprehensive co-curricular program that includes a wide range of academics and athletic activities for Telluride's students.

This year, Telluride School District welcomed over 70 new students to our schools.  We have gone from 730 students to over 755 students in just one year.  We continue to strive for excellence while seeking a balance between the academic, social/emotional, co-curricular, and family life of our students.  We are proud of our teachers, staff, students AND parents, for what they bring to the table each and every day.  Telluride is a growing and evolving town, not unlike the rest of the world.  Our unique box canyon location provides the perfect location for an incredibly rich educational experience in and out of the classroom. 

This year we are thrilled to be working with Pinhead Institute, Telluride Institute, Eco-Action Partners, TMC (through the Pep Grant), Colorado Audobon, Sheep Mountain Alliance and the Colorado Extension Office to develop a pilot hands-on science seminar for our THS students. Stay tuned for more information on that topic.

Please feel free to contact my office or any of the building offices to learn more about Telluride School District and the growing opportunities that exist for her students.

Telluride School District Mission Statement

"Through quality education, our students will achieve personal success."

As a result of our efforts, students will...

  • Master rigorous academic standards required to meet the challenges of their future.
  • Direct and own their learning through the use of effective tools and processes.
  • Interact globally and contribute locally to improve the human condition and environment.
  • Be ethical and healthy individuals .

Michael Gass, Superintendent
Telluride School District R-1
725 West Colorado Avenue
Telluride, CO 81435

PHONE: 970-728-6617
FAX: 970-728-9490