High Mountain Institute

  • HMI is both an academic school and a wilderness programs provider.
  • As a fully-accredited independent school, HMI brings high school juniors and seniors from all over the world to our campus in Leadville, Colorado for a single semester of place-based academics and wilderness expeditions.
  • In this environment, students can connect with their best self and become more engaged learners, community members, and citizens.
  • As a summer programs provider, HMI offers courses for middle and high school students with an emphasis on backpacking in the Colorado Rockies, intellectual inquiry, and experiential education-all to spark a desire for exploration and growth, and to set students on a path of self-discovery.Finally, as a gap year provider, HMI leads high school graduates on three-month traveling courses through Patagonia and the American West where students pursue outdoor adventure while gaining experience in the field of environmental conservation.
  • By taking this time for exploration, students are set up to make the most of college and beyond.
  • Finally, as a gap year provider, HMI leads high school graduates on three-month traveling courses through Patagonia and the American West where students pursue outdoor adventure while gaining experience in the field of environmental conservation.
  • By taking this time for exploration, students are set up to make the most of college and beyond.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 11-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Year Founded1995
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students48 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
19%
State avg.: 23%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size10 students
Number of AP Courses2 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAB Calculus, AP U.S. History, BC Calculus, Literature of the Natural World, Natural Science, Practices and Principles: Ethics of the Natural World, Precalculus, Spanish, U.S. History
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 15
% on Financial Aid
30%
Admissions DirectorRay McGaughey

School Notes

HMI offeres programing for students ages 12-22 as well as wilderness medicine and avalanche safety courses for adults. HMI offeres the following programs:
  • The HMI Semester is an academic and wilderness semester school for motivated college-bound juniors.
  • The HMI Summer Term is a five-week interdisciplinary program that combines academic enrichment and wilderness expeditions in the Colorado Rockies.
  • The Apprentice Program is a professional residency for recent college graduates in traditional and outdoor education.
  • The HMI Gap is a rock climbing and conservation semester for 18-22 year olds that travels throughout the American West and Patagonia.
  • The High Peaks Adventure is an introduction to the outdoors and outdoor adventure for middle school students.
  • Wilderness medicine and avalanche safety courses for adults
  • Custom leadership training programs, campus rentals, and guided fourteener climbs in the Collegiate Peaks areas, outside of Buena Vista, CO, are also available.

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