Steamboat Mountain School

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
Tel: 970-879-1350
42605 RCR 36
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
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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.
Students learn physical reliance and build skills 3 afternoons/week. Examples include mountain biking, rock climbing, alpine, skiing, nordic skiing, hiking, and team sports
We believe in the value of selfless service, both locally and globally. All students participate in weekly service work in the Steamboat Springs area.
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.
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.
Students can participate in the competitive ski and snowboard programs in partnership with the acclaimed Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) www.sswsc.org. 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.
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 boarding and day high school that 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.

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  • 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. . .
  • University of Puget Sound
    It might be a bit surprising to most people when I tell them that my graduating class consisted of nine or that my whole school's student body was around 40. Although many people may be. . .
  • Bowdoin College
    I can describe one of the most important and unique aspects about SMS in three letters: GIS. The Global Immersions Studies program is one of the most incredible things I have encountered. As of 2013. . .

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2017 School Data
Steamboat MountainBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19571910

Student Body

Enrollment57 students300 students
% International Students
10%
20%
% Students Boarding
60%
66%
Average SAT Score1738* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1660 - 1760-
Average ACT score26*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size8 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered416
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$45,500
(Addtl $: Global Travel + Competitive Ski/Ride)
$52,698
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$25,000
(Addtl $: Global Travel + Competitive Ski/Ride)
$28,270
% Students on Financial Aid
41%
36%
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsPearson Alspach
Gina Wither

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered914
SportsAlpine Skiing, Climbing, Freestyle Skiing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding

School Notes

  • WHO WE ARE:
  • Our Mission: Steamboat Mountain School challenges the intellects and imaginations of its students to help them lead productive, creative, and responsible lives in a dynamic, global society. Accredited by The Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) and  a member of both, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).  
  • Our CommunitySteamboat: Mountain School resides on a 140-acre campus, bordered by 2,000,000 acres of wilderness.  Roughly half of our boarding students hail from Colorado, but we also draw students from Alabama, California, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington,  Connecticut and Wyoming. We have international students from Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam and Australia. 
  • OUR PROGRAMS:Experiential ProgramAt Steamboat Mountain School the experiences that students have in the outdoors and on Global Immersion Studies trips promote self-reliance, grit, cooperation, and collaboration. As students learn to push their physical and mental limits, they gain confidence in their strength and efficacy as human beings.  
  • Outdoor Program: Each student participates in a three-night orientation camp trip, backpacking in our local wilderness areas and learning Leave-no-trace wilderness ethics every Fall. During Desert Week, 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.  
  • Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAP):Since its founding, Steamboat Mountain School has been committed to educating students about the environment and empowering students as stewards of our natural resources. SAP acts as an avenue for students to connect with their environment through the food system. Working with the school`s chef as well as area farmers, students devote two afternoons/week to building a greenhouse and implementing a composting system.    
  • Competitive Ski/Ride Program: Students participate in the competitive ski and snowboard programs in partnership with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) http://www.sswsc.org/. During the fall, they participate in dryland training. In winter, because of the travel schedule inherent in high-level competition, these athletes drop two classes. Then, in April, while the Global Immersion Studies students are traveling, competitive athletes enter a month of intensive two-hour courses to make up the credits. Students who excel in both academics and at their sports truly demonstrate an ability to work independently, and to achieve at the highest level, both athletically and intellectually. 30 students of LWS have been members of the US Ski Team, US Snowboarding Team, or X Game Teams. 16 have competed in the Olympics. 
  • Global Immersion Studies (GIS): We build global understanding in ways no other school can match. Our one-of-a-kind Global Immersion Studies program combines cultural immersion, adventure, community building, and self-discovery as students spend four weeks each year in a developing-world country. By the time they graduate, students will have spent four months in four different countries on four continents. In 2014, the freshman GIS students will travel to Peru to link their work in world history with the archeological sites of Pre-Columbian civilizations, and sophomore GIS students will travel to Ecuador to enhance their study of geography, observing how different cultures and peoples interact with diverse environments and ecosystems, ranging from the rainforest to the high Andes. The junior GIS students will travel to Vietnam and Cambodia to enhance their study of the effects of US foreign policy in the region and to study the economics of development on the ground. The senior GIS students will travel to Tanzania to work with an organization that focuses on sustainable agriculture and environmental impact. Starting in December students meet in weekly seminars discussing issues in the countries to which they will travel. These seminars are led by teachers or outside speakers and sometimes involve Skype conversations with people in the countries that the group will visit.  In April, the students travel to their destinations for four weeks. All of the trips have community service, adventure, and homestay opportunities. 
  • Community Service:Steamboat Mountain School believes in the value of selfless service, both locally and globally. All students participate in weekly service work in the Steamboat Springs area, and Global Immersion Studies travel incorporates meaningful service projects in the communities to which students travel.
  • LD types supported: Executive Functioning
  • School accreditations: ACIS, TABS
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