Let Learning Begin

WELCOME TO DPCA

DISCOVER AN AUTHENTIC LOVE OF LEARNING & A LIFE OF OPPORTUNITY

We are a PreK-8th, Christ-centered Expeditionary Learning school located in Buena Vista, Colorado.

INTENTIONALLY 

SMALL

By limiting our enrollment to 100 K-8th students, we are able to provide personalized care and instruction to meet the needs of each of our students and provide a safe, family centered environment.

RIGOR + JOY

Our rigorous academics are hands on, active, and engaging for all learning types. We work hard together, play hard together, and celebrate each other's growth and achievements with great joy.

ADVENTURE

Outdoor Expeditions such as climbing, backpacking, and xc skiing allow students to take their learning beyond the classroom and develop confidence, communication, and teamwork skills.

CHARACTER + FAITH

We care about who students are becoming, not just what they know. We emphasize character development and spiritual growth alongside academic knowledge in order to empower students to become agents of good in their local communities and our world.

"Home and family are two great words to describe DPCA. I feel such a

deep sense of safety every time I drop my boys off at school - it is a bright,

cheerful place where they are loved on every day!" -Stacy, parent

Learning that lasts.

Unforgettable academic adventures that connect learning to real life.

Agents of good.

Our school's namesake, Darren Patterson, is an inspiration to kids everywhere that they can make a difference in the world.

Four day school week.

Our schedule reclaims time for family during a time in life that flies by way too quickly. 

Our team of passionate, adventurous educators is dedicated to building

relationships with each and every student so that true education can

take place in the context of positive, meaningful relationships where

kids feel empowered to learn and grow. 

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NEW TO TOWN? WE'D LOVE TO MEET YOU!

stop by DPCA to say hi and let us know if we can help in your transition

Connect

Stop by, give us a call, or send us an email so we can get to know you! 

Visit

Schedule a meeting with our Head of School, tour our facilities, and have your student shadow to see what learning looks like!

Enroll

Complete and return our registration packet so that we can reserve your spot!

You can help students experience the highest quality education at the lowest possible price by contributing to our tuition assistance fund. We keep our tuition at less than a third of the cost of the average private school in Colorado because we want every child to have an opportunity to experience a life of opportunity through quality education.

Actually affordable.