About The School  

Whole Child Education

Striving for the Summit
Striving for the Summit

Whole Child Education

Pagosa Springs Middle School takes great pride in offering a dynamic, well-rounded educational experience for all our students.  This whole child educational approach ensures that our students grow and develop academically, physically, and socially/emotionally.  Our mission is to empower students to navigate the future through learning and problem solving

The graphic below visually displays the five competencies we nurture, grow and monitor throughout the middle school experience – academic, professional, entrepreneurial, personal and civic.  Our highly trained and caring staff engages students in relevant and dynamic ways to meet and exceed the Colorado Academic Standards.  We embrace our community values and spectacular location in our academic pursuits and often venture outside the classroom to learn and explore.  We use adventure learning opportunities like our Bandelier National Monument Trip (7th grade) and our Arches National Monument Trip (8th grade) to capitalize in our unique location. 

Student health and wellness is a top priority at Pagosa Springs Middle School.  As a two time Healthy School Champion, we have been recognized for our well-developed, systemic approach to embedding best practices at all grade levels.  Our students all have the opportunity to participate in a daily health and physical fitness class and have many opportunities to learn life-long fitness activities.  For example, all students 5th-8th grade have the opportunity to participate in the Wolf Creek Ski Program.  For three days following Christmas break students can learn to ski or snowboard.   

Additionally, our middle school develops a strong positive school culture through a daily advisory program.  Through this program, staff and student build a strong rapport and purposefully make those human connections that provide the foundation for our educational program.   Students engage in team building, fun activities and develop socially while have an advisory teacher to guide them through the middle school years. 

Whole Child Icon


School Configuration

5th – 8th Grade


~ 450 Students & 41 Staff Members


8 Period Day – Departmentalized Structure

Socioeconomic Status

~50% Free / Reduced Lunch


~20% Hispanic

~80% Anglo

~1% Native American

~1% African American


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Link to the letter regarding curriculum

Link to Curriculum Overview