Steamboat Springs Schools
Nestled in the northwest corner of Colorado and home to approximately 12,000 permanent residents, the Steamboat Springs school system more than exceeds expectations for a town of our size. Understanding that a strong educational system is important in attaining the full development of our children, we wanted to outline the available options for education in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Beginning with elementary school, children are separated into two separate school districts. Helping to maintain small class sizes and promote interactivity with teachers, this allows for strong foundations of education to be fostered at a young age. Based on the location of your home, you will either be part of the Strawberry Park or Soda Creek Mountain school district. Both include excellent schools, equal in their ability to nurture and teach young children.
Mountain Village Montessori Charter School (K-5) is a tuition free public charter school for kindergarten through 5th grade also offering a coveted preschool program. Their mission is to inspire each child to learn and grow as a responsible global citizen in a collaborative, peaceful, and safe environment through the proven methods of Montessori education. As a school of choice, Mountain Village Montessori School is a place for students, families and teachers to grow together as a community. MVMCS aims to develop responsible, self-directed and resilient children who become life-long learners and creative problem solvers.
Conveniently located downtown, the Emerald Mountain School (K-8, private) offers a curriculum designed to inspire and promote intellectual curiosity, creativity, and individual growth through the integration of academics, the arts, hands-on learning, field trips, and a variety of enrichment activities. They attract families and children of diverse backgrounds who value and support excellence in education and who want to play a role in that education.
The Steamboat Springs Middle School has been recognized as a John Irwin School of Excellence, receiving an A+ rating and ranking 7th out of 491 middle schools in the state of Colorado based on its students' performance on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program. "With high expectations from staff, students excel academically, socially and emotionally." SSMS is located in Strawberry Park and currently has 600 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.
With three different high schools, students and their parents are afforded the opportunity to pick the school that best matches the desires and learning styles of the student.
Steamboat Springs High School is home to approximately 755 students, and is dedicated to academic achievement and community involvement. The school's goal with each student is to "Inspire; share a passion for exploring meaningful ideas; promote intellectual agility and life-long learning; maximize individual talents; foster confidence; respect diversity in all forms; provide a safe and trusting environment; and develop emotional intelligence, social engagement and community involvement."
Yampa Valley High School is an accredited public school in the Steamboat Springs School District. The Yampa Valley Highschool serves students who are seeking an alternative learning environment that can better meet their personal and educational goals. Small student-staff ratio 7:1.
Steamboat Mountain School (9-12, private) is a co-ed boarding school, well known for their intense college-preparatory classes and helping prepare students for education at a higher level. Integrating into their academic curriculum with a heavy emphasis on winter sports and an annual foreign travel trip. Whiteman students find success in the classroom while enjoying many activities outside of it. With notable graduates such as Johnny Spillane and Pep Fujas, future Olympic athletes and X-Games competitors grace the halls and dorms on a regular basis. With a mission statement as follows, it is easy to see how this school has been instrumental in changing the lives of its students.
“Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, challenging wilderness experiences, a premier winter sports program, and unique foreign travel opportunities, the Steamboat Mountain School fosters the personal growth of its students, preparing them to succeed in advanced study, to serve as passionate stewards of our human and natural worlds, and to pursue responsible, creative lives.”
*Building For the Future*
Learn how the Steamboat Springs School District is preparing to serve its students in facilities and spaces that enhance learning.