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Why Your Child Should Attend Boarding School

By Molly Dorais, Director of Admission and Financial Aid 05/18/2017
The benefits of attending a boarding school are often untold. A recent Forbes.com article shares how this incredible experience can impact a child's education, and life. At Colorado Rocky Mountain School, we embrace the values stated here, and the data supports that notion that boarding school students are more motivated and better prepared than their public and private day school peers.
Topics: admission

The Braj

By Amiee White Beazley 05/04/2017
Senior Morgan Young stepped up to the microphone at the end of CRMS’ All School Meeting holding a heavy, oversized chain. From it hung a copper letter “B,” jagged and raw. Morgan began to read from a black and white notebook. “This person has taught me how to be a better listener, a kayaker, a geologist, and hopefully someday a teli-er,” she said. “This person is special. He’s special because he moves you with not only his words, but his actions.” When she finished, Morgan lifted the mammoth chain and handed it -- the Braj Award -- to its latest recipient...
Topics: community

Top 10 Reading Suggestions for Parents

By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 04/24/2017
Ever wonder what the Head of School at CRMS reads and listens to?  Everything from sports training to character building to how to food quality impacts students on college campuses. Check out Jeff's list of books and podcasts that he's read and listened to this spring.
Topics: parents

Dream Project Scholarship Recipients

By Aimee Yllanes 04/11/2017
5Point Film is a non-profit organization on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film.

This year, three CRMS students won a 5Point Dream Project Scholarship
Topics:

Top 10 Gardening Tips

By Heather McDermott, Director of Garden Program 04/06/2017
Colorado’s climate with its intense sun, day/ night temperature fluctuations, dry and windy weather can be a challenge to grow in. Here are some tips to get you started.
Topics: garden

College Counseling the Oyster Way

By Bob Ward 03/09/2017
The ranks of independent college counselors in the United States continue to grow, from an estimated 1,400 in 2005 to some 8,000 in 2015, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those numbers tell a story of perceived need, of families anxious for help to get their high-school graduate into the best possible college or university.

Especially for the high achievers eyeing tough, selective schools, the college admissions process can be fraught with pressure. More students are applying to colleges and the perceived value of a college degree has never been higher. So the process gets more competitive — and therefore stressful — by the year.

But here’s the good news for CRMS families. There’s a dedicated college counselor on campus, and she spends 100 percent of her time guiding students through the admissions process. Moreover, the college counseling program is woven into the CRMS curriculum, so students are pondering, researching and preparing to apply months before the actual documents are due.
Topics: college, faculty, academics, parents

Visiting Scholar Program

By Mark Clark, History Faculty 03/02/2017
This year, we are very excited to welcome Craig Childs' to CRMS. His visit will bring the opportunity to highlight and focus on our diverse, powerful, and important Active Curricula.
Topics: speaker, active, art, garden

Nordic Skiing 2017 State Competition

By Rachel Bachman 02/28/2017
The grand finale! The Oysters headed to Steamboat Springs last weekend to compete in the CHSAA State Championships.
Topics: active, nordic

Climbing League Regional Championships

By Dave Meyer 02/23/2017
With a long climbing season winding down, the Oysters of Colorado Rocky Mountain School continued their winning ways this past weekend.
Topics: active

Interim: A Week of Inspired and Experiential Learning

By Aimee Yllanes 02/10/2017
Every February, students get a break from their daily class schedule to pursue a special intellectual interest for an entire week. Since the early 1970s Interim has been one of the most popular aspects of academic life at CRMS, as every member of the community is able to focus their energies on a single elective.
Topics: interim

CRMS - A Lifestyle not a Job

By Bob Ward 02/02/2017
Virtually anyone associated with Colorado Rocky Mountain School will tell you it’s a unique place, where the learning environment extends from the classroom to the garden to the dormitory to the surrounding mountains and rivers. To help articulate CRMS’s unusual synthesis of classroom learning, village living, wilderness adventure, and what happens when work and life unite, we asked four faculty veterans — Amanda Leahy, Jim Gaw, Mark Clark, and Kayo Ogilby — to describe their experiences teaching, living, playing, and raising families on campus.
Topics: faculty, academics, active

The Art of Blacksmithing - An Ancient Art Flourishing at CRMS

By Teige Muhlfeld 01/19/2017
The floors and walls of the timbered room are cloaked in black soot that rises in little puffs as you walk around. A metallic clang of hammered iron resounds. Scroll work, decorative iron work, hammers, and jigs hang on the walls. The scene could be straight out of Dante’s Inferno, but in fact it is the forge at Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
Topics: blacksmithing, arts

Horsemanship Program at CRMS

By Amanda Leahy, Horse Program Manager 01/12/2017
The CRMS Horse Program just completed its third year after a historical hiatus of more than 20 years. The program serves approximately sixteen students of varying abilities both 1st and 2nd quarter, and offers instruction in a variety of equine disciplines, including both Western and English equitation, jumping, veterinary care, horse training ethics, and all-around horse care and education.
Topics: active, sports, horsemanship

Winter Sports Program in Full Swing

By 01/05/2017
The third quarter Active Program at CRMS is typified by the snow-sport offerings.
Topics: sports, active, winter

Advancing Solar in the Roaring Fork Valley

By Catherine Lutz, on behalf of the Aspen Skiing Company 12/29/2016
When a 147-kilowatt solar array was installed on the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) campus in Carbondale in 2008, it was the largest solar array on Colorado’s western slope.
Topics: solar, environment

An Alumnus' Insight

By Dave Powers '72, Glassblowing Artist-in-Residence 12/15/2016
Attending CRMS in the late sixties/early seventies was a transformative experience for me. I became really excited about learning, was immersed in a community of fascinating people, and felt meaning/purpose in many of the activities that filled our time there. Since graduating, I have spent many years here teaching and as a parent, doing what I could to make sure that students continued to have opportunities for powerful educational experiences.
Topics: alumni, sports, academics, values, garden

College Counseling - Everybody Isn't Doing It

By Betsy Bingham-Johns 12/08/2016
Parents know (and remember!) what peer pressure looks like for kids. They want to fit in. They want to be accepted. They don't want to be singled out. "Everybody's doing it" can be a persuasive teen argument even when it's not true.

Peer pressure also exists for parents, especially around college admissions. And if you're the parent of a high school student, you've likely seen, heard, or experienced it.
Topics: college, parents

Faculty Profile: George Weber

By 11/30/2016
This week, we feature a member of the Arts faculty, George Weber, Director of the Music Program.
Topics: faculty, music

Tech Talk

By Allison Johnson 11/17/2016
Tech classes may not seem like a natural fit for a school that's renowned for its outdoor education, but CRMS' nascent and cutting-edge computer sciences department not only appeals to a broad swath of students but also taps into some of the most deep-rooted values of the school.
Topics: computers, science, mathematics

Family Weekend

By Aimee Yllanes 11/03/2016
Family Weekend took place October 28 - 31. Parents came from all corners of the country and world to visit their children.
Topics: music, family, fundraiser

Choosing an Independent School

By Molly Dorais, CRMS Director of Admission and Financial Aid 10/27/2016
Choosing a school for your child is a big decision. It’s where they will spend the majority of their waking day, where they will make their friends, and where they will develop the foundations for life long learning. Ask anyone about how to approach this decision and they will tell you to “do what is best for your child.” That too can be a difficult question to answer.
Topics: admission

In the Garden That Grows

By Amiee White Beazley 10/20/2016
Fall means harvest season for the CRMS Organic Learning Garden. Here hundreds varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs which have been nurtured since spring are being moved from the earth to the plates of the CRMS community.
Topics: harvest, garden, work, food

Wilderness

By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 09/02/2016
Colorado Rocky Mountain School begins each school year by having its new students participate in a wilderness orientation, and we have done so for over 40 years.
Topics: wilderness, outdoor

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Why Your Child Should Attend Boarding School

By Molly Dorais, Director of Admission and Financial Aid 05/18/2017
The benefits of attending a boarding school are often untold. A recent Forbes.com article shares how this incredible experience can impact a child's education, and life. At Colorado Rocky Mountain School, we embrace the values stated here, and the data supports that notion that boarding school students are more motivated and better prepared than their public and private day school peers.
Topics: admission

The Braj

By Amiee White Beazley 05/04/2017
Senior Morgan Young stepped up to the microphone at the end of CRMS’ All School Meeting holding a heavy, oversized chain. From it hung a copper letter “B,” jagged and raw. Morgan began to read from a black and white notebook. “This person has taught me how to be a better listener, a kayaker, a geologist, and hopefully someday a teli-er,” she said. “This person is special. He’s special because he moves you with not only his words, but his actions.” When she finished, Morgan lifted the mammoth chain and handed it -- the Braj Award -- to its latest recipient...
Topics: community

Top 10 Reading Suggestions for Parents

By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 04/24/2017
Ever wonder what the Head of School at CRMS reads and listens to?  Everything from sports training to character building to how to food quality impacts students on college campuses. Check out Jeff's list of books and podcasts that he's read and listened to this spring.
Topics: parents

Dream Project Scholarship Recipients

By Aimee Yllanes 04/11/2017
5Point Film is a non-profit organization on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film.

This year, three CRMS students won a 5Point Dream Project Scholarship
Topics:

Top 10 Gardening Tips

By Heather McDermott, Director of Garden Program 04/06/2017
Colorado’s climate with its intense sun, day/ night temperature fluctuations, dry and windy weather can be a challenge to grow in. Here are some tips to get you started.
Topics: garden

College Counseling the Oyster Way

By Bob Ward 03/09/2017
The ranks of independent college counselors in the United States continue to grow, from an estimated 1,400 in 2005 to some 8,000 in 2015, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those numbers tell a story of perceived need, of families anxious for help to get their high-school graduate into the best possible college or university.

Especially for the high achievers eyeing tough, selective schools, the college admissions process can be fraught with pressure. More students are applying to colleges and the perceived value of a college degree has never been higher. So the process gets more competitive — and therefore stressful — by the year.

But here’s the good news for CRMS families. There’s a dedicated college counselor on campus, and she spends 100 percent of her time guiding students through the admissions process. Moreover, the college counseling program is woven into the CRMS curriculum, so students are pondering, researching and preparing to apply months before the actual documents are due.
Topics: college, faculty, academics, parents

Visiting Scholar Program

By Mark Clark, History Faculty 03/02/2017
This year, we are very excited to welcome Craig Childs' to CRMS. His visit will bring the opportunity to highlight and focus on our diverse, powerful, and important Active Curricula.
Topics: speaker, active, art, garden

Nordic Skiing 2017 State Competition

By Rachel Bachman 02/28/2017
The grand finale! The Oysters headed to Steamboat Springs last weekend to compete in the CHSAA State Championships.
Topics: active, nordic

Climbing League Regional Championships

By Dave Meyer 02/23/2017
With a long climbing season winding down, the Oysters of Colorado Rocky Mountain School continued their winning ways this past weekend.
Topics: active

Interim: A Week of Inspired and Experiential Learning

By Aimee Yllanes 02/10/2017
Every February, students get a break from their daily class schedule to pursue a special intellectual interest for an entire week. Since the early 1970s Interim has been one of the most popular aspects of academic life at CRMS, as every member of the community is able to focus their energies on a single elective.
Topics: interim

CRMS - A Lifestyle not a Job

By Bob Ward 02/02/2017
Virtually anyone associated with Colorado Rocky Mountain School will tell you it’s a unique place, where the learning environment extends from the classroom to the garden to the dormitory to the surrounding mountains and rivers. To help articulate CRMS’s unusual synthesis of classroom learning, village living, wilderness adventure, and what happens when work and life unite, we asked four faculty veterans — Amanda Leahy, Jim Gaw, Mark Clark, and Kayo Ogilby — to describe their experiences teaching, living, playing, and raising families on campus.
Topics: faculty, academics, active

The Art of Blacksmithing - An Ancient Art Flourishing at CRMS

By Teige Muhlfeld 01/19/2017
The floors and walls of the timbered room are cloaked in black soot that rises in little puffs as you walk around. A metallic clang of hammered iron resounds. Scroll work, decorative iron work, hammers, and jigs hang on the walls. The scene could be straight out of Dante’s Inferno, but in fact it is the forge at Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
Topics: blacksmithing, arts

Horsemanship Program at CRMS

By Amanda Leahy, Horse Program Manager 01/12/2017
The CRMS Horse Program just completed its third year after a historical hiatus of more than 20 years. The program serves approximately sixteen students of varying abilities both 1st and 2nd quarter, and offers instruction in a variety of equine disciplines, including both Western and English equitation, jumping, veterinary care, horse training ethics, and all-around horse care and education.
Topics: active, sports, horsemanship

Winter Sports Program in Full Swing

By 01/05/2017
The third quarter Active Program at CRMS is typified by the snow-sport offerings.
Topics: sports, active, winter

Advancing Solar in the Roaring Fork Valley

By Catherine Lutz, on behalf of the Aspen Skiing Company 12/29/2016
When a 147-kilowatt solar array was installed on the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) campus in Carbondale in 2008, it was the largest solar array on Colorado’s western slope.
Topics: solar, environment

An Alumnus' Insight

By Dave Powers '72, Glassblowing Artist-in-Residence 12/15/2016
Attending CRMS in the late sixties/early seventies was a transformative experience for me. I became really excited about learning, was immersed in a community of fascinating people, and felt meaning/purpose in many of the activities that filled our time there. Since graduating, I have spent many years here teaching and as a parent, doing what I could to make sure that students continued to have opportunities for powerful educational experiences.
Topics: alumni, sports, academics, values, garden

College Counseling - Everybody Isn't Doing It

By Betsy Bingham-Johns 12/08/2016
Parents know (and remember!) what peer pressure looks like for kids. They want to fit in. They want to be accepted. They don't want to be singled out. "Everybody's doing it" can be a persuasive teen argument even when it's not true.

Peer pressure also exists for parents, especially around college admissions. And if you're the parent of a high school student, you've likely seen, heard, or experienced it.
Topics: college, parents

Faculty Profile: George Weber

By 11/30/2016
This week, we feature a member of the Arts faculty, George Weber, Director of the Music Program.
Topics: faculty, music

Tech Talk

By Allison Johnson 11/17/2016
Tech classes may not seem like a natural fit for a school that's renowned for its outdoor education, but CRMS' nascent and cutting-edge computer sciences department not only appeals to a broad swath of students but also taps into some of the most deep-rooted values of the school.
Topics: computers, science, mathematics

Family Weekend

By Aimee Yllanes 11/03/2016
Family Weekend took place October 28 - 31. Parents came from all corners of the country and world to visit their children.
Topics: music, family, fundraiser

Choosing an Independent School

By Molly Dorais, CRMS Director of Admission and Financial Aid 10/27/2016
Choosing a school for your child is a big decision. It’s where they will spend the majority of their waking day, where they will make their friends, and where they will develop the foundations for life long learning. Ask anyone about how to approach this decision and they will tell you to “do what is best for your child.” That too can be a difficult question to answer.
Topics: admission

In the Garden That Grows

By Amiee White Beazley 10/20/2016
Fall means harvest season for the CRMS Organic Learning Garden. Here hundreds varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs which have been nurtured since spring are being moved from the earth to the plates of the CRMS community.
Topics: harvest, garden, work, food

Wilderness

By Jeff Leahy, Head of School 09/02/2016
Colorado Rocky Mountain School begins each school year by having its new students participate in a wilderness orientation, and we have done so for over 40 years.
Topics: wilderness, outdoor
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