Before you apply for a course with the Tatoosh School, you must read this page;

 

Admission Procedure
Application is via an online form, linked at the bottom of this page. To complete your application process pay your $50 application fee by clicking on the Donate button in the top-right corner of tatooshschool.org.
 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Please apply early!  We will be in touch with you about the status of your application no more than two weeks after we receive it. 
 
Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Packet will be sent to you containing an equipment list, travel information, payment schedule, Health Form, Student Agreement and other materials to help you prepare for your course. A $500. non-refundable deposit is due 14 days after the receipt of your packet. The remaining tuition and all forms are due 30 days after the receipt of your packet. An additional tuition or filing fee may be due to the college or university awarding you credit (learn more about earning college credit).
 
Student Conduct & Fitness
The Tatoosh School seeks students who are are motivated to learn and develop outdoor skills and leadership, and are in good health, physically and emotionally, and are socially responsible.  A qualified student is one who meets the school’s Fitness Criteria.
 
The Tatoosh School may expel any student who exhibits behavior that, in our sole discretion, is unsafe or disrupts or distracts from the educational mission of their course.  Harassment, use of drugs and alcohol, theft or misuse of property, and disregarding instructions are examples of behavior that may lead to expulsion.  If a student is expelled there will be no refund, and the student will be responsible for any added transportation costs.
 
Equal Opportunity
The Tatoosh School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability in the administration of its admission or employment policies.
 
Cancellation Policy
In the event of a cancellation, the school is not responsible for any airfare or other travel arrangements.  Further,
  • Between 30 and 60 days from the course start date, the school will retain 25% of the course tuition and $75-150 flight cancellation fee.
  • Between 15 and 29 days from the course start date, the school will retain 50% of the course tuition and $75-150 flight cancellation fee.
  • Less than 15 days before the course start date and once the course has begun, the school cannot provide any refunds.
Risk Management
At the Tatoosh School we embrace the challenges of travel and school in the natural environment. Courses are not easy, and they involve activities in rugged terrain in which there are real dangers.  Risk management, both physical and emotional, is an important component of a course.  In the context of a wilderness expedition, risk management is the ability to make a decision when the outcome is uncertain and relies on our ability to identify the risks we face.  The Tatoosh School is committed to practicing outstanding risk management on our courses.
 
Travel and day-to-day living on a field course involves hazards:  unpredictable weather and ocean conditions, steep and uneven terrain, and others. Students transport gear, sleep outdoors, possibly in co-ed tent groups; prepare their own meals, and are responsible for their own well-being.  Good physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential.  Courses travel through remote areas that can create complex situations should an emergency arise.  It is not uncommon to be days from medical help, but our instructors are trained in wilderness first aid and backed by comprehensive emergency response systems.  Instructors also carry satellite phones, radios, and other communication devices on course. This does not guarantee communication from the field.
 
It is important you understand that there are risks. The risk of injury, even serious injury or death, is always present in the outdoor environment.  Some of the value of a field course lies in learning how to identify hazards and to strive to travel safely through remote and wild lands.
 

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