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Steamboat Mountain School

Private Boarding School – Steamboat Springs , Colorado

Like many independent schools, the Steamboat Mountain School prides itself on its academic excellence. Based in small class sizes, close relationships between faculty and students, and their shared intellectual curiosity, the academic program fosters critical academic skills and the passion to pursue subjects in higher education.

Building uniquely around the classroom, the Steamboat experience is completed by the life shaping experiential opportunities that alumni speak of decades after they conclude their Steamboat career. The opportunities reach beyond the accumulation of knowledge, into the lessons of self-discovery. Students follow different paths at Steamboat; some lead them to Senegal, Mongolia, and other far-flung destinations for the Foreign Travel program, a month long immersion promoting individual growth and providing unencumbered intercultural experiences. Others balance competition against the best and brightest skiers and snowboarders in the country with the demands of an in-depth secondary education, gone for a week to race Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, returning to catch up on English papers and chemistry labs. All students spend part of their journey in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains and the natural landscapes from Utah to Idaho as part of the outdoor program. And whether by horse, climbing harness, foot, bike, or kayak, as they explore the natural world they find they have learned more about themselves. Students find these challenges and more at Steamboat Mountain, and that, after all, is what creates their most lasting memories.

Academic and Sport Facilities
Classes and classrooms are small. Most classes are housed in Charley Williams Lodge, the main academic building. Multiple classrooms have digital projectors for classroom instruction. In addition, there are two lab classrooms for the sciences including biology, physics, chemistry, and anatomy & physiology. Also on campus we have two computer labs in addition to the library computers. The upstairs lab functions as a classroom for computer classes as well as an open lab for study halls. The downstairs lab, Zavik Center, is a language lab for the Spanish and French departments. There is also the Art Room and the Krautkramer Theater. Trampoline (particularly popular with freestyle skiers and snowboarders), half-pipe skate ramp, ski hill with boxes and rails, gymnasium with free weights, weight machines, stationary bicycles, basketball court, and rock climbing wall.

Dormitories and Student Residences
Living arrangements consist of three houses: Elizabeth Hall for the girls, Bunkhouse for younger boys, and Kakela Hall for older boys. All houses have a common lounge with cable TV and a house phone as well. The three houses also have laundry washers and dryers and small house kitchens. The entire campus, including all residential houses, has access to wireless internet.

Located three hours northwest of Denver in the heart of nature. Nearby mountains provide great recreation year round with hiking, skiing and more. 

Area population: 9,815
City website: City of Steamboat Springs

Estimated Start Date: Mid August
Estimated End Date: Late May

Note on AP Courses

All Advance Placement classes are open enrollment except for AP English, which requires an 88% average in high school English classes or permission from the teacher.

Steamboat Mountain School does not have a competitive sports program. Instead, they take as much advantage as possible of our incredible surrounding and participate in a range outdoors activities year-round such as mountain biking, rock climbing, equestrian and kayaking. During the winter activities such as Alpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Snowboarding and Nordic Skiing are offered. 

Additional Services Offered by Steamboat Mountain School

  • Academic and Social Progress Reports
  • Airport Transfer
  • Assistance in acquiring books and material 
  • Help with holiday travel
  • Orientation
  • Help with holiday accommodation

School Facts

Student Population


Number of Students

50 (16% international)



Teacher Student Ratio


Average Class Size


ESL Programs


IB Programs


Offer Diploma


School Uniform


Campus Size

140 Acres

Religious Affiliation


Foreign Languages

  • Chinese
  • Spanish


  • Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Film
  • Graphics
  • Yearbook

AP Courses

  • Calculus
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Spanish Language

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Art
  • Camping
  • Conditioning
  • Cooking
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Exercise
  • Figure Skating
  • Fishing
  • Fleet
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ski
  • Student Council
  • Student Government
  • Trips
  • Earth

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

Adrian College, American University, Arizona State University, Bard College, Bates College, Beloit College, Boston University, Bucknell University, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Carleton College, Carnegie Melon University, Carroll College (Montana), Chapman University, Clark University, Colby College, College of Charleston, Colgate University, Colorado College, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Cornell College, Cuesta College, DePauw University, Evergreen State College, Fordham University, Fort Lewis College, Furman University, Georgetown University, Golden West College, Grand Valley State University, Hampshire College, Harvard College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Humboldt State University, Kennesaw State University, Lakeland College, Lawrence University, Lehigh University, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, McGill University, Michigan State University, Middlebury College, Montana State University, Bozeman, Northeastern University, Northern Arizona University, Northern Michigan University, Occidental College, Pepperdine University, Portland State University, Quest University, Reed College, Regis University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers University, San Diego State University, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Clara University, Sierra Nevada College, Skidmore College, Southern Methodist University, St. Michael’s College, St. Lawrence University, Texas A & M University, Texas Christian University, The College of Idaho, United States Air Force Academy, University of British Columbia, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Central Florida, University of Chicago, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Denver, University of Idaho, University of Miami, University of Montana, Missoula, University of New Hampshire, University of New Mexico, University of Northern Colorado, University of Oregon, University of Portland, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of San Diego, University of Southern California, University of Texas, Austin, University of Utah, University of Vermont, University of Washington, University of Wyoming, Warren Wilson College, Wellesley College, Western State College of Colorado, Western Washington University, Westminster College, Whitman College, Whitworth University, Willamette University, Williams College

Closest International and Local Airports: Denver International Airport (3 hours), Yampa Valley Regional Airport (40 min.)
For Details Visit Website: Steamboat Mountain School

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