Steamboat Mountain School

42605 RCR 36
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Steamboat Mountain School Photo #1 - We believe in the value of selfless service, both locally and globally. All students participate in weekly service work in the Steamboat Springs area.
Steamboat Mountain School Photo #1 - We believe in the value of selfless service, both locally and globally. All students participate in weekly service work in the Steamboat Springs area.
Steamboat Mountain School Photo #2 - The snow falls on Steamboat Mountain School's campus.
Steamboat Mountain School Photo #3 - Cultivating a strong work ethic and resilient mindset that will last a lifetime. Graduates report that the rigor of the school's academic program prepared them well for the challenges of college coursework and life.
Steamboat Mountain School Photo #4 - Students learn physical reliance and build skills 3 afternoons/week. Examples include mountain biking, rock climbing, alpine, skiing, nordic skiing, hiking, and team sports
Steamboat Mountain School Photo #5 - Students travel to southeastern Utah to develop their skills on a more extended and extensive trip. Students backpack, kayak, canyoneer, rock climb, canoe, and mountain bike as they learn about the geology, leadership, and survival skills.
Steamboat Mountain School Photo #6 - We build global understanding in ways no other school can match through our one-of-a-kind Global Immersion Studies program, which includes: Cultural immersion, homestays, adventure, community building, and self-discovery. Four weeks each year in a developing-world country.
Steamboat Mountain School Photo #7 - Students can participate in the competitive ski and snowboard programs in partnership with the acclaimed Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) This program is reserved for athletes dedicated to their sport. Students in the Ski/Ride program truly demonstrate an ability to work independently, and to achieve at the highest level, both athletically and intellectually.
Steamboat Mountain School Photo #8 - Each student participates in a three-night orientation backpacking trip during which they summit a 14,000 foot peak in CO and learn Leave-No-Trace wilderness ethics.
Steamboat Mountain School is a coeducational K-12 school boarding and day options for high school students.
SMS blends academics and adventure, combining an outstanding college-preparatory curriculum with extraordinary programs out of the classroom and around the globe to build students` knowledge, develop their confidence and independence, and prepare them for meaningful and fascinating lives.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 160 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $62,900
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $38,700
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Steamboat Mountain School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
Grades Offered (Day)
K-12, PG
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
147 acres
130 acres

Student Body

160 students
314 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Average Class Size
12 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Director of Admissions
Pearson Alspach, 9-12



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Robotics Club, Tech Team

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Backcountry Skills, Mountain Biking, Trail Running

College Matriculation

10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • Steamboat Mountain School stretches students intellectually, encourages deep exploration of areas of passion, and cultivates a meaningful connection with the school community. Every mountain top, every country, and every moment offers an opportunity to prepare our students for a world in which they will collaborate, grow, and challenge themselves. We are more than a college preparatory school-we offer students the opportunity to push themselves academically, physically, and mentally everyday. Whether they are solving a challenging academic problem, learning to navigate using a topographic map, or engaging in conversation with their homestay family in Morocco, our students learn about themselves, the value of their engagement with others, and the importance of moving beyond their comfort zone. Students gain the ability to be independent thinkers, to ask questions that move the conversation beyond a typical discussion, and to flourish as students of life. We prepare our students for college life and life beyond.
  • Steamboat Mountain School accreditations: ACIS, TABS
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Steamboat Mountain School cost?
Steamboat Mountain School's tuition is approximately $62,900 for boarding students and $38,700 for day students.
What sports does Steamboat Mountain School offer?
Steamboat Mountain School offers 9 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Climbing, Freestyle Skiing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping and Snowboarding.
When is the application deadline for Steamboat Mountain School?
The application deadline for Steamboat Mountain School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 1986
University of Colorado
Steamboat Mountain School has two amazing programs International and competitive skiing. All students go through great outdoor experiences together to develop independence and build a strong bond between the students. Class sizes are under ten. . .

Class of 2004
Portland State University
(NOTE: I attended SMS my Junior and Senior year of high school) Not many teenagers can say they've traveled to Peru, Namibia, South Africa and Botswana before the age of 16 and not many high school. . .

Class of 2016
University of Chicago
The faculty's drive to push your limits physically and mentally is fantastic preparation for college and life. The small student body lets each faculty member get to know you personally, facilitating the overall learning experience. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 160 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $62,900
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $38,700
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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