High School Educators

High School Educators

Telluride Association has suspended its summer programs in 2021. Please refer to the links below for general information, and check back here for updated information on future offerings!

Here, you can find answers to questions we commonly encounter. This page will be updated periodically during the application cycle.

If you have any questions not answered here, please contact us.

How do I nominate students?

We welcome your nominations of promising students in their sophomore and junior year of high school who would thrive in an academic community. Nominations are submitted online. If you have trouble with the online form, please contact us.

The nomination cycle for the 2020 summer programs has now closed. Nominated students should receive information and application materials shortly.

If you missed the nomination window, don’t worry! We encourage you to direct your students to our website, where they can find digital copies of the information brochures and application form. All our materials are available online, so students should not be prevented from applying just because they did not receive printed materials from us. Whether a student was nominated or not has no bearing on their chances in the review process, so please do encourage your most promising students to apply.

For more information, please contact us.

Do I need to receive a nomination form to be eligible to nominate students? Can I be added to the list of nominators?

Anyone may nominate students for TASS or TASP. We send annual letters and nomination forms to teachers and counselors who have nominated students in the past or who have requested to be on our nomination mailing list. Please email telluride@tellurideassociation.org if you would like to be added to this list.

Can I nominate students who are not in my classes?


What do I do if I missed the nomination deadline?

If you missed the current year’s nomination deadline, you may still send nominations to the Telluride office, but we cannot guarantee that your students will be included in our nominee mailings. Students do not need to be nominated to apply, and we encourage you to direct them to the TASS or TASP sections of our site for electronic copies of our brochure and application.

What kinds of help can I give students with their essays?

As a guideline, most forms of help you would give a student on an ordinary writing assignment are appropriate for the TASS or TASP application. In particular, you may discuss with them their ideas and essay structure or help them with conventions for referencing other works. All writing and editing, however, should be the student’s own.

Do I need to write a letter of recommendation when I nominate students?

We do not require a letter of recommendation for students until they are selected for an interview. Fewer than one in five applicants receive an interview, so we do not suggest that you write letters for your students unless they request them from you after having reached that stage of our application process. It is not required that students receive letters from the same person who nominated them. Students will receive specific instructions to give to letter writers when they are notified of their interview status.

What are the eligibility rules for TASS and TASP?

To apply to TASS you must be a current high school sophomore (or equivalent) and to apply to TASP you must be a current high school junior (or equivalent). There are no other requirements, and there are no exceptions. If your student is in a program that does not follow the typical U.S. high school grade system and calendar and you are unsure of her or his eligibility, please contact tasp-queries@tellurideassociation.org or tass-queries@tellurideassociation.org. As a guideline, TASS applicants generally have at least two full years of secondary school remaining before entering University at the time of the application deadline, and TASP applicants generally have at least one full year remaining.