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Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Call: 970-963-2562
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At a glance

Location Carbondale, CO Tuition $49,800
Grades 9-12 Students Receiving Aid 46%
Student Body Coed Total Aid Awarded $1,800,000
Student/Faculty Ratio 5:1 Endowment $17,000,000
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Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate 75%

Total Enrollment

Total Enrollment 164

Average Class Size

Average Class Size 13

Sports & Extracurriculars

Sports & Extracurriculars 39*
Average SAT Score (Math) 548
Average SAT Score (Verbal) 572
Learning Support Program?
Number of AP Programs 5
ESL Offered?
IB Program Offered?

Overview

Region Denver CO Area
Program Emphasis Boarding School
College Prep
Day School
Small Boarding School
All Grades 9-12
Boarding Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Established 1953
Dress Code Casual
School Setting Small Town
Campus Size (Acres) 320
Head of School Jeffrey Leahy
Endowment $17,000,000

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.

Academics

Full Time Faculty 34
Part Time Faculty 1
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 53%
Faculty with doctorate 2
Faculty with masters 17
Student/Faculty ratio 5:1
Average Class Size 13
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

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 164
% Boys/Girls 59/41
Boarding Students 95
Day Students 69
International
Brazil
China
Germany
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Other (Vietnam)
Rwanda
Serbia
Spain
Venezuela
United States
Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Florida
Illinois
Montana
New Mexico
North Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Majority of students come from Mountain Region
% of Students of Color 8%
% of International Students 20%

Admission

E-mail admission@crms.org
Web Address www.crms.org
Director of Admission Molly Dorais
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount 75
Application Deadline(s) Feb
Financial Aid Deadline(s) February 15
Financial Aid Awarded $1,800,000
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 46%
Acceptance Rate 75%
Total Applicants 200
Admissions Selectivity Selective
Admissions Yield 65%
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (PSAT or SAT)
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $31,000
Boarding Student Tuition $49,800

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 548
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 572
Average SAT I Scores (Writing) 578
Average ACT Score 24
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
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% 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

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Contact Info

Phone 970-963-2562
Address 500 Holden Way - Carbondale, CO 81623
Website www.crms.org 
Email admission@crms.org 
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