Colorado Rocky Mountain School

1493 County Rd 106, Carbondale, CO 81623

Inspired by the precept and example of Eastern coeducational schools and by a desire to integrate intellectual, manual, musical, athletic and artistic skills, Ann and John Holden established this school for college-bound students. The curriculum is college preparatory, stressing the development of basic intellectual skills, including writing, logical reasoning and research, within the context of individual courses. The program emphasizes environmental studies, energy and resources, and organic gardening. Instruction in the performing and visual arts is offered in photography, ceramics, jewelry making, studio art, silversmithing, sculpture, acting and music. A weeklong interim in March allows undergraduates and faculty to undertake group projects. These have included filmmaking, poetry writing and the study of desert ecology on a Navajo reservation, as well as a home-stay language trip to Mexico. Seniors instead engage in a three-week project in which they apprentice in a field of professional or avocational interest. At the end of the apprenticeship, each student makes a project presentation to the school community. Located on a 300-acre ranch, CRMS requires all students to participate in ranch, household and construction projects. Utilizing the area surrounding the campus, the school emphasizes mountain and river sports, in addition to snowboarding, tennis and soccer. Alpine and Nordic skiing, both competitive and recreational, are offered as winter sports. The wilderness session, offered to all new students prior to the start of the academic year, is an intensive 10 days of conditioning, map reading, climbing, camping and team building. Outdoor education, offered throughout the school year, includes fall and spring excursions.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1493 County Rd 106, Carbondale, CO 81623
Year Established1953
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorJeffrey Leahy
Applications DueFebruary
Total Enrollment163
Boarding Students104
Day Students59
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