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What is a semester school?
Semester schools are schools that students attend for one semester at a time. Most semester schools have a special focus. For example, what makes HMI especially unique among semester schools is our signature combination of academics, wilderness, and community. Students attend semester schools to enhance their high school career. In many cases, semester schools offer the opportunity to try something different and change the usual high school routine, without entirely changing schools or leaving home. You can read more about semester schools and their benefits by visiting the Semester Schools Network.
Are you a four year school?
HMI is not a traditional four year school. HMI is a Semester School. As such, students attend for one semester at a time. Most students attend the HMI Semester during their junior year of high school, as our curriculum corresponds best with this level of study. Occasionally a high school senior attends the HMI Semester. In addition, HMI offers the HMI Gap semester during the fall and spring and a number of short and summer programs for a broader range of age groups.
Is HMI accredited?
Yes. HMI is accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools, an approved accrediting body of the National Association of Independent Schools. In addition, HMI is accredited by the Association of Experiential Education.
HMI is currently in the process of becoming accredited through the American Gap Association.
What ages are eligible?
- The HMI Semester: graduates of grades 10 and 11
- The HMI Summer Term: graduates of grades 9 through 11
- The Apprentice Program: recent college graduates
- The High Peaks Adventure: graduates of grades 7 and 8
- Wilderness medicine and avalanche safety courses: adults. Students aged 16 and 17 can attend these courses with parent permission. Click here for more information.
- The HMI Gap: for high school graduates ages 18-22
- Custom leadership and outdoor education programs, campus rentals, and guided fourteener climbs in the Collegiate Peaks areas, outside of Buena Vista, CO, are also available.
Do you accept international students?
Yes, HMI accepts international students, and has had a number of student attend from overseas in the past. For specific questions about applying as an international student, please contact the admissions office.
Do you offer gap year programs?
Yes, HMI offers traveling gap semesters for 18-22 year olds looking to take their learning outside of a traditional classroom setting. The fall semester in the American West and Patagonia focuses on rock climbing, wilderness adventure, and conservation. The spring semester in Patagonia emphasizes outdoor adventure and sustainable development. College credit is available. Click here for more information.
Does HMI offer financial aid?
Yes, HMI offers need-based financial aid for the Semester, Summer Term, HMI Gap, High Peaks Adventure, and the Apprentice Program. Applications are due by February 15 to qualify. After that date, financial aid may not be available.
What is the cost?
Tuition, Room & Board for the 2017-2018 programs are as follows:
- HMI Semester: $29,263
- Fall student account (refunded if unused): $1,200
- Spring student account (refunded if unused): $1,600
- HMI Summer Term: $8,650.
- Student account (refunded if unused): $500
- HMI Gap: $14,300
- Student account (refunded if unused): $500
- HMI Apprentice Program: $4,625
- High Peaks Adventure: $3,575
- Student account (refunded if unused): $150
What is the food like at HMI? What if I am a vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions?
HMI serves homecooked meals that are nutritious and delicious. We can easily accomodate vegetarian and other mild dietary restrictions and food allergies. If you have a severe food allergy or dietary restriction, please contact us before applying.
For breakfast we often serve toasted bagels, scrambled eggs, pancakes, muffins, or egg frittata. Cold cereal is always an option. Lunch (oftencooked by students) may be pesto pasta, pita pizzas, chili and cornbread, or more. Salad is always available. Dinner (almost always cooked by students) is an opportunity for students to design a meal for the entire community. This may be a full Thanksgiving meal, a Panamanian feast (complete with fried plantains), a family enchilada recipe, fried chicken and waffles, pad thai, or anything else you can imagine!
While HMI programs are in the field, students cook in 3-4 person tent groups. They are provided a ration of bulk food items and spices, along with recipes for how to cook delicious and nutritious meals on a single-burner stove.
When will I hear if I have been accepted?
Semester and Summer Term Admissions Timeline
HMI Summer Term has an early action application deadline of January 15. If you submit your application by this date, you will hear from us by February 1.
The regular deadline for HMI Summer Term and the Semester is January 15. If you submit your application on time you will hear from HMI by mid-March. We will send your decision both through the USPS mail and through e-mail directly to the student applying.
If you are applying for financial aid you will receive your financial aid information at the same time as your admission decision.
If you submit your application late please be in touch with the Admissions Office. You can contact us at 719-486-8200 x1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HMI Gap and High Peaks Adventure Admissions Timeline
Applications for HMI Gap and the High Peaks Adventure are accepted on a rolling basis. Once you’ve submitted all of your materials, you should hear about your acceptance within a week.
What does it mean if I am on the waitlist?
If you receive notice that you are on our waitlist this means that you are a strong applicant and we can see you being successful at HMI, however we do not always have enough space for all our applicants. If a space opens before the program begins we may be in touch with you to see if you would like to attend.
Being on the waitlist requires flexibility in some cases. If you applied for the spring semester, but a fall spot opens we may call you to see if you would like that spot (or vice versa).
Please be in touch with the admissions office to maintain your interest in HMI if you are on the waitlist. You can reach us at 719-486-8200 x1 or email@example.com
We also encourage you to roll your application to the HMI Summer Term or consider applying again for your senior year of high school.