Welcome to www.unboces.org, the web site representing the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (UnBOCES) in the Uncompahgre Valley of Western Colorado. School districts statewide depend on BOCES to meet their educational and financial goals. The BOCES model provides accountability, municipal sharing, efficiency and equity.

With UnBOCES as a catalyst, school districts develop shared programs that serve children from all districts regardless of enrollment, income or size of tax base. By focusing on collaboration and cost containment, UnBOCES helps to relieve some of the financial burdens increasingly placed on local taxpayers.


The Uncompahgre Board of Cooperative Educational Services

BOCES, or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, are public organizations that were created by the Colorado Legislature in 1965 to provide shared educational programs and services to school districts. The Uncompahgre Board of Cooperative Educational Services (UnBOCES) was established in 1994.

The UnBOCES is a regional educational service unit designed to provide Special Education services and supporting instructional, administrative, staff, and other services determined by participating member districts. The UnBOCES is located in Ridgway, Colorado and serves five diverse districts in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. These districts include Ouray and Ridgway in Ouray County, Telluride and Norwood in San Miguel County, and Naturita, Nucla, and Paradox Valley Charter School in the West End District of Montrose County. Student populations range in size from 220-780 students, depending on the district.

Operating Principles

  • Child-centered

  • Professional Excellence

  • Open Communication

  • Team Work

The UnBOCES invites you to visit our facilities and meet our staff, or to contact us with any questions you have. You may also view our web site using the links at the top of this page to learn more about UnBOCES and its many services.

Thank you for visiting our website.


The UnBOCES Staff


Financial Transparency


Procedural safeguards

guidance documents

PUBLic notice: Record destruction

Any person who received special education or related services from Norwood, Ouray, Ridgway, Telluride or the West End school districts, is informed that records for services ending in 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 will be destroyed as of March 1, 2019. You can receive a copy of the records by calling or emailing the UnBOCES at 970-626-2977, unboces@ridgway.k12.co.us no later than February 28, 2019.

West Central Alternative Teacher Licensure Program (ATL)

This program licenses qualified candidates as teachers through a site-based two-year program of training and supervision. Candidates' transcripts are evaluated by the Colorado Dept. of Education (CDE). Candidates must pass a content exam and then seek full-time employment. While participating in the program, each candidate has a professional support team to provide instruction, supervision and performance evaluations while they document 225 clock hours of planned instruction and activities. Upon successful completion of the Alternative Teacher Licensure Training Program, the candidate is eligible for an Initial Teacher License.

Employment with the UNBOCES

Please take a moment to review JOB OPPORTUNITIES on our EMPLOYMENT tab at the top of this page. Thank you for your interest in employment with the UnBOCES.

The UnBOCES does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, Veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

The UnBOCES is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.