Crested Butte Academy

Tel: (970)349-1805
Grades: 8-12 | 61 students
Crested Butte Academy is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school serving students in grades 8-12.
We occasionally provide a special program for seventh grade and/or post-graduate students.CBA is fully accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS).

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Institute for Independent Education
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 8-12
Year Founded 1992

Student Body

Total Students 61 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Crested Butte Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 6 students
Number of AP Courses 4 courses

Finances and Admission

Tuition Notes Students attend as full year boarding; full year day; or winter tutorial. Tuition depends on enrollment in a particular program
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Cristie Frey


Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Climbing, Cross Country, Freestyle Skiing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Track and Field, Winter TrackAlpine SkiingClimbing,
Cross CountryFreestyle Skiing,
KayakingMountain Biking,
Nordic SkiingRock Climbing,
SnowboardingTrack and Field,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Creative Writing, Film, Health and Human Performance, Publishing, Studio Art Film, Publishing, Studio Art, Creative Writing,
Health and Human Performance,

School Notes

  • Crested Butte Academy is committed to educating the whole person in a safe and caring environment. Standards are high and classes are small, emphasizing individual attention. Our flexible schedule allows students to excel in academics as well as train for and compete in the highest levels of snowboarding, alpine racing, freeride, nordic skiing and distance running. Our community ensures that every Crested Butte Academy child is known and loved. The faculty to student ratio is 1:6. Of our sixty-five students, twenty are day students, residing in the Gunnison Valley. Boarding students travel from as far as Holland and the Czech Republic. The CBA student body represents twenty states, including California, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico and Illinois. The day and boarding students enjoy a very close relationship. It is common for day and boarding students to work on a project in the evening on our campus. The academic program offers a college preparatory core curriculum with an emphasis on literacy, critical thinking, writing, humanities, laboratory sciences, mathematics and foreign language. The Crested Butte Academy faculty is devoted to developing intellectual excellence, independent thinking, free inquiry and an appreciation for learning. We nuture creativity through programs in music, creative writing, film and art. The goal is learning for life. Our athletic programs share in the core philosophy of our school. Through athletics, each student-athlete develops team loyalty, dedication to improvement, and commitment to achievement. Citizenship is important at Crested Butte Academy. Students are given clear messages about the importance of character and individuality. The residential experience fosters good personal and study habits. There is a warm supportive community within each dormitory. CBA students are colorful and confident young people. Faculty, staff and students are stimluated by each other, their school, their sports and their town. Graduates go on to some of the nation's finest colleges and lead lives bettered by learning and achievement.

Profile last updated: 03/25/2016

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5.0 Stars   10/01/16
I went thru the winter tutorial and it helped me advance my public school credits when I went back to my school I skipped the entire grade of math.
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