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 (PayPal portal) in the top-right corner of
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 emailed to the address you provide in your application. It will include 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. Our student health review process helps us support students’ health and safety and determine whether a current condition is appropriate on your course. It is important that students submit accurate and honest health information so that we can learn of conditions that our faculty need to know about. Our admissions staff may need to further discuss health issues with the student or their health care provider. Tatoosh School reserves the right to deny admission to anyone that Tatoosh School, in its sole discretion, believes is unable to meet the physical, psychological, cognitive, social, or safety demands of our courses. If you have questions about whether a course is a good fit for you, email or call our office at (907) 406-9075.
The Tatoosh School may expel any student who exhibits behavior that, in its 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 transportation costs from the location of their expulsion.
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 $125 flight cancellation fee.
  • Between 15 and 29 days from the course start date, the school will retain 50% of the course tuition and $125 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.
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 faculty and instructors are trained in wilderness first aid and backed by local and regional emergency response systems.  Faculty and instructors 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 areas of Alaska.

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