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HMI was recently featured in The Colorado College Bulletin. Co-Heads of School Christopher (CC class of '89) and Molly Barnes talk about how HMI has grown into what it is today. The article also highlights some of the connections which exist between the two schools, such as the fact that nearly 15% of all HMI alumni attend Colorado College. To read the article, please click here.
Simple in Means, Rich in Ends: The Story of the High Mountain Institute captures the creation and history of HMI and provides insight into the vision and leadership of Christopher and Molly Barnes, the school’s founders.
We invite all of our alumni, alumni families, and friends to join us for this special event, as we honor the great work of our founders Christopher and Molly Barnes and wish them well on their next journey. The weekend will include optional short trips and day hikes to reconnect with the beautiful Leadville landscape; a bonfire to welcome everyone back to campus; a barbeque and music on Saturday night; and many opportunities to share stories with old friends and meet fellow alumni. For more information click here.
In the next two weeks HMI will host evening events in Irvington, NY and Leadville, CO to present information on our Semester and Summer Term. All prospective students, alums and their families are encouraged to attend! For more information on these presentations, please click here.
The HMI fall newsletter is now available online. Read about mentoring and apprenticing, the virtues of humor in education, Spanish speaking in Leadville, and much more---including updates from alumni and former faculty and apprentices. Plus, we hope you will enjoy the new look that the newsletter has taken on! You can read the newsletter HERE.
HMI will be in Louisville November 27th and Boston November 29th to visit area schools and give evening presentations about the Semester and Summer Term. For more details about these events, please visit our Admissions Presentations page. We hope you will be able to join us!
Caroline Kanner and Will Flemer, two Summer Term students, recently had their work featured on Orion Magazine's website. Their sense of place essays were composed in response to an assignment this summer and appear in "The Place Where You Live" section of Orion's website. To read about where Caroline and Will call home and the profound meaning that these places carry for them please click on this link. Congratulations to these two! Well done!
Congratulations to Ben Dougherty, Assistant Head of School, and Laura Dougherty, Director of Admissions and Advancement, on the birth of their daughter Mia Grace! Mia was born on May 21st and and we are thrilled to welcome her to the HMI community.
We are now accepting applications to fill a limited number of spots for Summer Term 2012 on a rolling admissions basis. For more information, please visit our Apply Now page or contact the admissions office at either email@example.com or 719-486-8200 ext.1. We hope you will consider joining us for a summer in the Rockies!
The High Mountain Institute will be hosting alumni reunions at Colorado College on Tuesday, April 10th at Colorado College and in Boston on Friday, April 13th! We hope you can join us!
For more information about the Boston reunion please click here.
For more information about the Colorado College reunion please click here.
Applications for the Fall 2012 Semester, Spring 2013 Semester, and Summer Term 2012 are due (postmarked by) February 15th. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your application!
The High Mountain Institute is currently hiring a Mathematics Teacher & Wilderness Leader, English Teacher & Wilderness Leader, Residential Life Faculty & Wilderness Leader, and an Alumni Associate. You can find more information about either of these positions on our employment page.
In the next few weeks HMI will host evening presentations in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Wilton, New Haven, and Denver. Prospective students, parents, and alumni families are invited to join us and share information about the HMI Semester and Summer Term. For details about these presentations, and others, please click HERE.
The High Mountain Institute Apprentice Program and The Colorado College Master of Arts in Teaching Program are excited to announce a new pilot partnership for the 2012-13 Academic Year. HMI Fellows would take courses at Colorado College in the summer and fall 2012 and join the HMI community in the spring to fulfill the internship component of the degree. Fellows would return to Colorado College after HMI for a second summer of course work and graduation.
The 2012-2013 HMI Viewbook is now available online! Find detailed information about the HMI Semester, Summer Term, and High Peaks adventure including course descriptions, faculty and alumni profiles, and dates and tuition.
On June 17th, the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) unanimously approved the accreditation of HMI.
The Mill Fudge Factory (a family business in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire) is bringing you the opportunity to send gifts of fresh fudge anywhere in the country with 25% of your purchase coming back to HMI
HMI, in collaboration with five other semester schools, is pleased to announce the formation of the Semester Schools Network, and the launch of its website at www.semesterschools.net. After several years of discussion about how semester schools could better work together to educate families and schools about semester-away options for high school students, the heads of six semester schools convened in New York in June 2010 to formalize an effort to do just that.
In 2011, HMI will offer a six-week summer program with our signature blend of academics and wilderness for students who have completed 10th or 11th grade. In an evolution of the Leading Edge program, Summer Term students will take two academic classes, participate in our extensive leadership development curriculum, go on two extended wilderness expeditions, and be a part of a small residential community.
Applications to the HMI Summer Term are due on February 15, 2011. Learn more about this exciting new program.
Click here to download our 2010 Annual Report. This year, the report includes our first Environmental Impact Update. Read about our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and more. Thank you to all of the alumni, parents, Trustees, employees and friends who gave to HMI last year. Your gifts make our programs possible! For information about giving to HMI, or any of our programs, please email us.
On June 13, 2010, approximately 30 of Matthew Stuen's family and friends, along with HMI staff, alumni and trustees, attended the dedication of Stuen Hall. Matthew was an alumnus of RMS VIII; he died tragically during his freshman year in college. Matthew's family created the Matthew Stuen Memorial Fund in his memory, and their generous donation--along with those of many others--helped make the construction of Stuen Hall possible.
The plaque that now hangs in Stuen Hall reads as follows:
HMI has awarded $311,000 in financial aid to approximately 25% of the incoming semester and summer programs students. This total represents 16% of HMI's revenue. Generous donations to our Annual Fund helped make this number of scholarships possible.
Financial assistance helps HMI meet its goal of extending the reach of the school's mission to diverse socio-economic, geographic, and ethnic communities. Students plan to matriculate to the semester from all regions of the country next year, and over 35 different schools are represented among the 84 students who will attend.
We are currently hiring an Admissions & Development Office Manager, a 75% to full-time (TBD) year-round position. Responsibilities include: supporting the admissions, marketing and fundraising efforts of the school; supporting admissions and development staff members; responding to student and parent inquiries; organizing and completing mailings; maintaining the school's website; and other administrative and office duties. Apply by July 23.
Learn more in our Employment section
The entire High Mountain Institute community joins her family in mourning the loss of Casey Beaupre, an alumna of RMS 17. Casey passed away after a difficult fight with leukemia on March 10. Molly Barnes spoke at Casey's service on March 15. Read Molly's remarks here. An RMS classmate of Casey's, Emily Cohen, also spoke at Casey's service. Read Emily's remarks here.
The High Mountain Institute needs and appreciates your financial support, this year and every year. Give online, either using our website or our Facebook Cause page, where you can make a recurring monthly donation.
The High Mountain Institute Annual Fund provides critical support for our scholarship program, faculty & staff support, and small capital projects around campus. Thank you for thinking of the High Mountain Institute!
Congratulations to our accepted students for 2010-2011! You are part of a wonderful class of students, and we want to remind you that enrollment agreeements are due on May 1. Visit our Accepted Students page for more information.
This year’s Alumni Hut Trip is fast approaching! As you begin to make your plans for winter break and the holidays, remember to put HMI on the schedule!
Thanks to many of you, the High Mountain Institute has successfully exceeded our capital campaign goal of raising $1.7 million!
The completion of this campaign means that we have begun to insure the future of the school through the completion of our campus and the establishment of an endowment. It is an important milestone, and we are very grateful to all who helped us reach it.
This year, if you buy home-made fudge from The Mill Fudge Factory (owned by an RMS alumnus), 30% of your purchase will be donated to HMI!
The grant is contingent on HMI raising $815,000 for capital projects as a part of Our Campaign for Sustainability by September, 2009.
With this challenge gift, the High Mountain Institute has secured over 1.4 million dollars in pledges, gifts, and challenges toward Our Campaign for Sustainability. The campaign includes funding for both capital projects
and endowment. To date, HMI has reached 84% of our 1.7 million dollar goal.
Construction on the new Student and Faculty Community Center and Stuen Hall is underway at HMI.
The two buildings will complete the build out of the HMI campus as envisioned in the school's original master plan. The two buildings will be located on the west end of campus, near the student cabins.
The Student and Faculty Community Center, a three-story structure, will house a faculty apartment, living space for apprentices, a sick room, laundry facilities, and bathrooms and storage space for students.
HMI's Apprentice Program offers college graduates an opportunity to explore teaching in and beyond the four walls of our classrooms. Apply today.
Teach an academic subject. Gain experience educating in the backcountry, instructing in the kitchen, mentoring in the cabins, and coaching on the playing fields. Meet to discuss theories of education that can be directly applied to your experience. Join a community that values knowledge, personal growth, and challenge.
Visit our For Accepted Students page for more information for students and families. We cannot wait to welcome you to Rocky Mountain Semester XXI (Fall 2008) or XXII (Spring 2009)! We look forward to receiving your enrollment paperwork no later than May 1st; in the meantime, please feel free to contact us at anytime with questions. Danny O'Brien, Director of Admissions, can be reached at 719-486-8200 x109 or email@example.com.
The water buildup in a Leadville mine tunnel does not pose a threat to our campus, according to a water expert.
A message from Executive Director Christopher Barnes
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - Update
Today, we launch Our Campaign for Sustainability, an audacious endeavor that will keep HMI on the leading edge of educational innovation. In ten years, over 600 students have been transformed-in large ways and small-by spending time here and engaging with the land and with our faculty. HMI has a national reputation for providing best-of-class wilderness education alongside traditional academics.