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 
2017 School Data
Ekklesia MountainBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)11-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded19821910
Campus Size121 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment135 students300 students
% Students of Color
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1850* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score28*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size7 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1216
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$1 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(23,000 for unique junior year)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$5,000$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsErik Ritschard

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered214
SportsBasketball, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations823
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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