Colorado Rocky Mountain School

 
1493 County Road 106 - Carbondale, CO 81623 USA (970) 963-2562 http://www.crms.org
Boarding School | Day School | Small Boarding School

Spectacular mountain setting

History

In 1953, John and Anne Holden, teachers at the Putney School in Vermont, bought a green International Harvester truck. They searched the American West in that truck for an ideal place to start an independent, coed boarding school, in the model of Putney, "for college-bound boys and girls who are sound of body and mind, and full of a spirit of adventure." After surveying numerous locales, the Holdens came upon the Western Colorado town of Carbondale, a rugged ranching town in the shadow of 13,000-foot Mt. Sopris. In Carbondale, they knew they had found the place for Colorado Rocky Mountain School, a new school that would be “an antidote to modern, easy living.”

Now in its 56th year, CRMS boasts a student body of 150, with an energy-efficient $3.2 million classroom building, a half-acre solar array, and programs in state-of-the-art disciplines such as sustainability and environmental stewardship. The Roaring Fork Valley, in which it sits (just 30 miles from Aspen), has evolved as well from a predominantly ranching community into a sophisticated, rapidly growing locale with upscale amenities; CRMS has gone from being a boarding-only school to offering a premier, competitive day-student option. But amid change within and beyond the Roaring Fork Valley, CRMS holds firm to the educational values of the Holdens. We still have the green truck.

Overview

Region
Denver CO Area
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
Day School
Small Boarding School
All Grades 9-12
Boarding Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Casual
School Setting Small Town
Campus Size (Acres) 350
Head of School Jeff Leahy
Endowment $17 million

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.crms.org
Director of Admission Molly Dorais
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $50 domestic, $150 international
Application Deadline(s) February 15 (for first round)
Financial Aid Deadline(s) February 15
Financial Aid Awarded $1.7M
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 46%
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (PSAT or SAT)
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $29,500.00
Boarding Student Tuition $49,500.00
International Student Tuition $49,500.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 165
Boys 102
Girls 63
% Boys/Girls 62/38
Boarding Students 104
Day Students 61
International
China
Germany
Mexico
Other (Vietnam)
Rwanda
Spain
Venezuela
United States
Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Florida
Illinois
Indiana
Massachusetts
Michigan
Montana
New Mexico
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
Washington
Majority of students come from Mountain Region
% of Students of Color 8
% of International Students 17

Academics

Full Time Faculty 31
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 53
% of Faculty with Doctorate 5%
% of Faculty with Masters 53
Student/Faculty ratio 5:1
Average Class Size 12
Special Academic Support Programs
ESL
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Art
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Community Service
Computer Programming
Creative Writing
Drama
Ecology
English as a Second Language
Environmental Science
Ethics
Field Ecology
Geography
Geology
Health
International Relations
Music
Music Composition
Music Theory
Outdoor Education
Philosophy
Photography
Physics
Pre-calculus
Religion
Spanish
Statistics
Studio Art
Study Skills
World History
World Literature
Writing
A.P. Courses Offered
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
English Literature
Environmental Science
US History

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 564
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 594
Average SAT I Scores (Writing) 594
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Bard College Bates College Bennington College Bentley College Berklee College of Music Boston College Boston University Bowdoin College Brandeis University University of California at Los Angeles Chapman University University of Chicago University of Colorado at Boulder Colorado College Connecticut College Dartmouth College University of Denver Duke University Earlham College Emerson College The George Washington College Hampshire College Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College
Northeastern University University of Notre Dame University of Oregon Parsons School of Design University of Pennsylvania Pitzer College University of Puget Sound Reed College Rhode Island School of Design University of Rochester Santa Clara University Sarah Lawrence College School of the Art Institute of Chicago Skidmore College St. John’s College St. Lawrence University Syracuse University The University of Texas, Austin, Tulane University Union College University of Vermont Wake Forest University Warren Wilson College University of Washington Western Washington University Whitman College Willamette University University of Wisconsin, Madison Yale University
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
alpine skiing
cross-country
cross-country skiing
cycling
other (rock climbing)
skiing (downhill)
snowboarding
soccer
tennis
Recreational Sports
camping
cross-country running
hiking
kayaking
mountain biking
outdoor club/skills
rock climbing
skiing
swimming
tennis
ultimate frisbee
yoga
Extra-Curricular Activities
Asian Club
Community Service Program
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
Food Council
Habitat for Humanity
Honor Council
Horticulture Club
International Club
National Honor Society
Other (Operation Smile)
Peer Tutoring
Photography Club
Recycling Club
Spirit Club
Student Government
Tour Guides
Yearbook

Notes

At Colorado Rocky Mountain School, we pursue students whose values, energy, spirit, and passion for ideas mirror our own. Our academics emphasize a firm college-preparatory foundation with a focus on critical thinking and a personal connection to the subject matter. And with mountains, valleys, and deserts providing a classroom as well as a backdrop, we infuse our students with the skills and the mindset to succeed not only in college but in life.

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  • Financial Aid Deadline(s): February 15
  • Financial Aid Awarded: $1.7M
  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 46%

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