Steamboat Mountain School
- Steamboat Mountain School is a coeducational boarding and day high school that blends academics and adventure, combining an outstanding college-preparatory curriculum with extraordinary programs out of the classroom and around the globe to build students’ knowledge, develop their confidence and independence, and prepare them for meaningful and fascinating lives.
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades 9-12|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||Mild Learning Differences|
|Total Students||41 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 23%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||15 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||3:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|Average Class Size||8 students|
|Number of AP Courses||5 courses|
|Classroom Dress Code||Formal|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$42,075|
|Tuition Notes||Depending on the program a student is involved in--Winter Sports or Foreign Travel, there are additional costs.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Admissions Director||Pearson Alspach|
|Admissions Associate||Gina Wither|
|Total Sports Offered||7 sports|
|Sports||Alpine Skiing, Climbing, Freestyle Skiing, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Ski Jumping, SnowboardingAlpine Skiing, Climbing,|
Freestyle Skiing, Mountain Biking,
Nordic Skiing, Ski Jumping,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||5 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Climbing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding Climbing, Kayaking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Mountain Biking,|
- OUR PROGRAMS
- Experiential Program: At Steamboat Mountain School the experiences that students have in the outdoors and on Global Immersion Studies trips promote self-reliance, grit, cooperation, and collaboration. As students learn to push their physical and mental limits, they gain confidence in their strength and efficacy as human beings.
- Outdoor Program: Each student participates in a three-night orientation camp trip, backpacking in our local wilderness areas and learning Leave-no-trace wilderness ethics every Fall. During Desert Week, students travel to southeastern Utah to develop their skills on a more extended and extensive trip. Students backpack, kayak, canyoneer, rock climb, canoe, and mountain bike.
- Competitive Ski/Ride: ProgramStudents participate in the competitive ski and snowboard programs in partnership with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) http://www.sswsc.org/. During the fall, they participate in dryland training. In winter, because of the travel schedule inherent in high-level competition, these athletes drop two classes. Then, in April, while the Global Immersion Studies students are traveling, competitive athletes enter a month of intensive two-hour courses to make up the credits. Students who excel in both academics and at their sports truly demonstrate an ability to work independently, and to achieve at the highest level, both athletically and intellectually. 30 students of LWS have been members of the US Ski Team, US Snowboarding Team, or X Game Teams. 16 have competed in the Olympics.
- Global Immersion Studies (GIS): We build global understanding in ways no other school can match. Our one-of-a-kind Global Immersion Studies program combines cultural immersion, adventure, community building, and self-discovery as students spend four weeks each year in a developing-world country. By the time they graduate, students will have spent four months in four different countries on four continents. In 2014, the freshman GIS students will travel to Peru to link their work in world history with the archeological sites of Pre-Columbian civilizations, and sophomore GIS students will travel to Ecuador to enhance their study of geography, observing how different cultures and peoples interact with diverse environments and ecosystems, ranging from the rainforest to the high Andes. The junior GIS students will travel to Vietnam and Cambodia to enhance their study of the effects of US foreign policy in the region and to study the economics of development on the ground. The senior GIS students will travel to Tanzania to work with an organization that focuses on sustainable agriculture and environmental impact. Starting in December students meet in weekly seminars discussing issues in the countries to which they will travel. These seminars are led by teachers or outside speakers and sometimes involve Skype conversations with people in the countries that the group will visit. In April, the students travel to their destinations for four weeks. All of the trips have community service, adventure, and homestay opportunities.
- Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAP): Since its founding, Steamboat Mountain School has been committed to educating students about the environment and empowering students as stewards of our natural resources. SAP acts as an avenue for students to connect with their environment through the food system. Working with the school’s chef as well as area farmers, students devote two afternoons/week to building a greenhouse and implementing a composting system.
- Community Service: Steamboat Mountain School believes in the value of selfless service, both locally and globally. All students participate in weekly service work in the Steamboat Springs area, and Global Immersion Studies travel incorporates meaningful service projects in the communities to which students travel.
The Lowell Whiteman School in gorgeous Steamboat Springs, Colorado, provides its students with both a college preparatory education and an adventuresome global experiential program. The largest classes never exceed 14 students, and many classes have fewer than ten. The faculty is amazing, teaching classes, contributing to dorm life, leading trips around the world, camping and biking, and skiing like pros. The student body is curious, hardworking, kind, active, and fun-loving. The school is a 9th-12th boarding and day school that has challenging and rewarding college-prep academics at its heart. Along with the academics come opportunities to ski competitively and recreationally, to climb 14-ers, practice Leave No Trace ethics, teach monks English in Sikkim, build sustainable greenhouses in a Chilean village, climb Machu Pichu, visit a war memorial in Viet Nam, and walk the Great Wall of China. The relationships among students and faculty and staff are real: everyone learns, grows, works (and plays) together in a community with strong values of integrity, perseverance, responsibility, and collaboration. The Lowell Whiteman School is one-of-a-kind. It doesn't get any better.
- Posted by Teacher - doc
We''ve had two daughters graduate from the Lowell Whiteman School in the past 5 years. Their experience there was both stunning and outstanding. Our girls loved every aspect of the school, saw the world as a result of the Global Immersion Program (i.e., Peru, Bolivia, Tanzania, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, and Tibet), and skied in the finest powder the Rockies have to offer. College preparedness: we would say so. Our eldest is soon to be a second semester college senior with a 3.9 cumulative GPA at the University of Montana and our younger daughter received a Presidential Scholarship at Montana State University in Bozeman. The LWS offers small class size, an incredibly beautiful setting, and a wonder and caring faculty and staff. A shame my wife and I have only four thumbs up between us to give it. Seriously though, check it out. You''ll be amazed.
- Posted by Parent - mlt.2
LWS harbors an incredible environment for 9-12th graders. They incorporate a global immersion program into their college prep academic curriculum for a majority of their students. They also cater to competitive winter athletics for those alpine skiing or snowboarding, nordic skiing, freestyle moguls, and jumping. With an emphasis on experiential education within academia, they produce global thinkers enthused to take on the next step
- Posted by Administrator - smith
The Lowell Whiteman School provides opportunities for students to stretch themselves academically, athletically, and personally. Therefore, graduates of the school have a deeply ingrained sense of their ability to take on the challenges that life presents to them. Their confidence in their academic skills and their life skills gives them the flexibility to excel in college, find interesting careers, and contribute to their communities. The faculty engage the students through their passion for their subject matter and their blend of traditional methods and new pedagogy. In addition, the faculty take the students camping in the wilderness, ski and snowboard with them at the Steamboat resort, travel with the students in the Global Immersion Studies program, and work with the students in the dormitories. The close relationships that the students form with faculty members provide the students with strong role models.
- Posted by Teacher - morse
Whiteman is the most fantastic experience. My time at Whiteman made me a far superior student, than most of my peers in College and gave me the self confidence to excel in many area's of my life. I am indebted to the Whiteman staff for creating, an amazing experience; when I think about all my International and Colorado adventures, affiliated with the school - I can't help but smile even 30 years later. Jeff E ( 82' )
- Posted by Student/Alumni - jeff_