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Crested Butte students are provided exceptional educational opportunities through the Gunnison Watershed School District, a network of eight K-12 facilities with an enrollment of approximately 1,750 students. The district is distinguished by a rigorous traditional curriculum, outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) courses, a successful athletic program and a dedication to helping others such as its work to establish a sister school in northern Afghanistan.

Students in the Crested Butte area attend the Crested Butte Community School, which has been the recipient of the John Irwin School of Excellence Award—a recognition given to Colorado public schools ranked in the top 8 percent for overall academic performance. The school also boasts above-average student performance on the ACT exam and enrolls several Boettcher Scholars.

Adding to the educational offerings of the area are exceptional early childhood education centers, such as the Little Red Schoolhouse, Paradise Place and Stepping Stones.

Western State College of Colorado is a great choice for exceptional higher education close to home. Western ranked No. 30 on Forbes’ list of Top 100 Public Colleges and Universities and 215 overall out of 600 schools on the magazine’s America’s Best Colleges list. Established in 1901, Western is known as the first Colorado college placing a focus on liberal arts curriculum. Approximately 2,400 students a year take advantage of a wide range of academic programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In addition to the academic offerings, Western offers more than 50 active clubs and organizations, a fine athletics program and the only nationally certified college Mountain Rescue Team. The four-year public institution sits upon 140 acres in nearby Gunnison.

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