Ekklesia Mountain High

518 S. San Juan Ave., Box 1243
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Tel: 719 395 6046
  • EMH happens at Darren Patterson Christian Academy, a college preparatory school established in 1982.
  • EMH encourages 9th through 12th grade students to experience education in a new way by coupling challenging academics with unforgettable outdoor adventure and incredible spiritual growth.
  • Be part of an encouraging school community set in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.
  • Learn about Christ’s vision for community, leadership, and faithful living.
  • Prepare for college, form lifelong friendships, and shape an eternal perspective as you master your academics while learning to enjoy and care for the incredible Rocky Mountains.
  • Cap it all off your junior or senior year as you participate in four 10-day wilderness courses, a 20-day overseas mission adventure, and much, much more.
  • Take your education outside: outside the traditional classroom, outside your comfort zone, outside the common experience.

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Ekklesia Mountain Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 11-12 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) Pre-K-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denom. / Christian Non-denominational
Year Founded 1982 1910
Campus Size 121 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 135 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1850 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 28 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 7 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 12 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $1 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(23,000 for unique junior year)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $5,000 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of AdmissionsErik Ritschard

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 2 14
SportsBasketball, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 8 23
ExtracurricularsBackpacking Club, Drama Club, National Beta Club, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Skiing/Snowboarding, Winter Travel, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Gives students the opportunity to live in and practice authentic community
  • Live at a Silver Cliff Ranch, which has a hot springs swimming pool, game room, gym, quaint cabins, dining room, ropes course, frisbee golf course, and more
  • Offers real-life leadership experiences both inside and outside of the traditional classroom
  • Enhances academic learning through adventure and outdoor experiences
  • Provides a place to deepen your faith and grow spiritually
  • Located in a small community in the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado
  • Teaches skills in rock climbing, back country travel, Leave No Trace ethics, telemark skiing, winter travel, desert travel, and more
  • DPCA participates in the Front Range Athletic Association, which is a competitive, Christian league that emphasizes discipleship while playing sports.
  • Learn more about the unique junior or senior year at www.emhweb.org
  • The high school program focuses on all of the above as a means to train students to go out into their world with the love of Christ and to share the hope they find in Him. Students will have ample opportunities to go on a variety of short-term mission trips ranging from trips to local cities to all over the world.
  • Students during their junior or senior year will have the opportunity to spend at least 20 days doing ministry overseas.
  • School accreditations: Member of ACSI
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