When families consider private high school, finding the right fit is as important as choosing where to go to college. The high school years are a critical time of learning, self-discovery, and growth, and at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, dedication to a students' individual development underpins every class, program, and activity.
With a purposefully sized population of around 175 boarding and day students, Colorado Rocky Mountain School cultivates a rich and meaningful learning environment for every student. The school emphasizes rigorous college-prep classes, the development of core values, a service ethic, and exposure to diverse and unique active and arts programs. Class sizes are small to ensure every student has a voice and is known, whether they're taking an AP science class, studying multivariable calculus, building a working robot, or holding a Socratic seminar in English. Outside of the traditional classroom, students have the opportunity to explore unique programming that ranges from mountain sports like skiing, kayaking and climbing to arts classes like glassblowing and silversmithing to hands-on authentic service experiences such as our Farm-to-Table working garden program or our on-campus bike shop. The service program teaches valuable lessons in work ethic while contributing to the CRMS community.
Many of CRMS's facilities, including dorms, the library, and a fitness center are new or recently remodeled on this 321-acre campus, but CRMS is merely a base camp for a much broader palette of learning and adventure. Situated at the base of the region's iconic 12,953-foot Mount Sopris and just a half hour from the cultural epicenter of Aspen, Colorado, CRMS provides the best of both worlds: exposure to a vibrant intellectual and cultural milieu paired with access to some of the most beautiful wilderness in the country. Students may study riparian habitat on a local river one day, hear an award-winning immigrant author on another, and then head out into the backcountry on the weekend. Twice a year, CRMS serves as a springboard for week-long excursions into the nearby mountains, deserts and rivers of the Southwest, where students continue to develop essential life skills and relationships with peers and adult mentors. Annually, the school offers an Interim week to allow students to pursue out-of-the-box learning topics such as ski building or song writing, and senior year is capped off with a three-week independent project in the spring.
Woven throughout all these individual opportunities for growth is the importance of community. All students build close relationships with teachers, staff mentors, and their peers while developing the critical thinking, ethically-conscious and self-determination skills needed to succeed in the broader world. Students seeking a school with a genuine sense of community, a dedicated and caring staff, a rigorous curriculum, and access to diverse cultural and outdoor adventures will thrive at CRMS.