Colorado Rocky Mountain School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
500 Holden Way
Carbondale, CO 81623
Tel: 970-963-2562
  • "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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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Colorado Rocky Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1953 1910
Campus Size 320 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 176 students 298 students
% Students of Color
9%
20%
% International Students
15%
20%
% Students Boarding
59%
68%
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

Saturday Classes No No
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 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
64%
70%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $17 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,000 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$34,000 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
41%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $29,600 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 63% -
Acceptance Rate
70%
57%
Director of AdmissionsMolly Dorais
Associate Director of AdmissionsTracy Wilson

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 5 16
CoursesAP American History, AP American Literature, AP Calculus, AP Environmental Science

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 15 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Equestrian, Freestyle Skiing, Indoor Soccer, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 13 23
ExtracurricularsBlacksmithing, Community Service Club, Diversity Club, Frisbee Golf, Gardening Club, Glassblowing, International Club, Jazz Club, Peer Tutoring, Recycling, Student Government, Theater, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Univerity of Colorado at Boulder 23
Colorado College 6
Lewis and Clark College 6
University of Puget Sound 6
Whitman College 5
Bowdoin College 3
Santa Clara University 3
University of Denver 3
University of Oregon 3
University of Vermont 3
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • 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
  • 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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