Colorado Rocky Mountain School
We provide endless opportunities to experience a broad range of mountain sports and develop life-long passions.
From Farm to Table, Artisan, Conservation to the Trades, you will positively contribute to the CRMS community through service.
At CRMS, we focus on inclusion and access. All students have the opportunity to try a new sport or take their passion to the next level. Whether you are a beginner or ready to join our state championship climbing or mountain biking teams - there is a place for everyone!
Whether discovering your creative side for the first time or wanting to pursue an art career in college and beyond, CRMS enjoys a robust and unique range of offerings.
- CRMS is an independent boarding and day school that challenges students to excel in an academic curriculum balanced within a program of the arts, athletics, physical work, service to the community, and enriching wilderness experience.
- A college-preparatory curriculum taught by a committed residential faculty prepares students to enter the wide range of selective colleges and universities.
- The 320-acre campus, located on a historic ranch outside of Carbondale, Colorado, makes this the ideal place for wilderness and experiential learning opportunities as well as a variety of mountain and river sports..
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- Colorado College CRMS provides unique experiences throughout all disciplines offered, however what the average Joe might not suspect is that, aside from college-preparatory-level academics, CRMS also provides life experience and alleys to express your artistic self, inner. . .
- Lewis & Clark College It would be easier to discuss two aspects of my school that are not unique, because everything about CRMS sets it apart from other schools. One of my favorite programs that CRMS offers that you. . .
- Emerson College Work program at CRMS assures you the concept of community. By working on various projects around the campus, you grow the affection and respect towards the community you live in as well as giving something. . .
- University of Texas The school encourage its students to think outside the box. Classes are not big, so teacher/student interaction is great. The natural location of its campus offers students a variety of extracurricular activities and science project. . .
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2017 School Data
|Colorado Rocky||Boarding School Avg.|
|School Focus||College Prep||College Preparatory|
|Campus Size||320 acres||105 acres|
|Enrollment||165 students||300 students|
|% Students of Color|
|% International Students|
|% Students Boarding|
|Average SAT Score||1752||* National Avg. »View|
|SAT range (25th-75th percentile)||1590 - 1940||-|
|Average ACT score||25||*National Avg. » View|
|Offers Post-Grad Year||No||No|
Academics and Faculty
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual||Casual|
|Average Class Size||12 students||12|
*National School Avg. » 20
|Teacher : Student Ratio||1:5||1:7|
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||5||17|
|ESL Courses Offered||Yes||Yes|
|% Faculty with Advanced Degree|
|Summer Program Offered||No||Yes|
|Endowment Size||$17 million||$18 million|
(Financial aid is available on the basis of need.)
(Financial aid is available on the basis of need. )
(5 Day Boarding)
|% Students on Financial Aid|
|Avg. Financial Aid Grant||$29,600|
(Financial aid is awarded on the basis of need. )
|Merit Scholarships Offered||No||No|
|Application Deadline||Feb. 1 / Mar. 21 / rolling||Jan. 15|
|Accepts Standardized Application||Yes||No|
|Average Percentile SSAT||63%||-|
|Director of Admissions||Molly Dorais|
|Associate Director of Admissions||Susan Graves|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
AP / Advanced Courses
|# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered||5||17|
|Courses||AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP US History|
|# Interscholastic Sports Offered||17||15|
|Sports||Alpine Skiing, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Equestrian, Freestyle Skiing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Riding, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis|
|Total Extracurricular Organizations||12||24|
Club or Organization:
Community Service Club, Diversity Club, International Club, Peer Tutoring, Recycling, Student Government
Arts and Music Programs:
Blacksmithing, Glassblowing, Theater, Yearbook
Recreational Athletic Programs:
|Year: 2009 - 2013||10 Most Popular College Choices (# Enrolled)|
|Univerity of Colorado at Boulder||23|
|Lewis and Clark College||6|
|University of Puget Sound||6|
|Santa Clara University||3|
|University of Denver||3|
|University of Oregon||3|
|University of Vermont||3|
|Link to Matriculation Data|
- Our Mission: Colorado Rocky Mountain School cultivates a learning environment in which students discover their potential to excel as individuals, contribute to their communities, and participate thoughtfully in the world we share.
- Academic Curriculum: Our academic curriculum features rigorous college-prep academic and visual and performing arts classes, with an emphasis on classroom discussions, hands-on work, and research and study. Our unique active curriculum embraces our afternoon work crews and sports, as well as backcountry trips.
- Arts Curriculum: Visual and performing arts are an integral part of life at CRMS. Together classes and experience in the arts enhance our students' abilities to enjoy and excel in all parts of our program. Students can try their hands at hand at blacksmithing, silversmithing, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, music, drama, and much more.
- Residential Curriculum: Boarding students live in age-specific, single-sex residences where they are cared for by dedicated residential faculty. Our six dorms are small for an independent school, with some housing as few as 11 students. Students here quickly feel part of a caring and supportive environment. We encourage our students to develop lasting friendships with each other, and to get to know their teachers as mentors and role models.
- Outdoor Program: We believe that the classroom must open out onto the world, that a scholar's life should encompass action as well as quiet study. In a tradition as old as the school, our students and faculty spend 21 days in the backcountry each year.
- College Counseling: We offer a comprehensive college-counseling program to guide you and your parents through the complex process of applying for college. Through our college planning handbook and regular meetings with our college counseling staff, we'll work with you on a year-by-year plan. Some of our recent graduates have been accepted to Amherst, Dartmouth, Smith, Bates, Bowdoin, Swarthmore, Middlebury, Wellesley, Reed, Rhode Island School of Design, NYU Tisch School of Film, Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and Colorado College.
- School accreditations: ACIS, AEE, TABS, NAIS, WBSA, SBSA
- Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
- Oliver Platt '78 - attended CRMS for three years. After graduating, he majored in drama at Tufts University where he made his professional debut on stage. His credits include: “Flatliners” (1990) as Randal Steckle; “Indecent Proposal” (1993) with Robert Redford/
- Conrad Anker ’82 - is a leading figure in climbing. He is a professional mountaineer who has made breakthrough first ascents throughout the world, from the Himalayans to Antarctica, and Patagonia. He co-authored the book “Lost Explorer.”
- Susan Meiselas ’66 - is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist. She has been published in Time, the New York Times, Life, and Paris Match. She earned a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. in visual education from Harvard University.
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