The HMI Semester: a single-semester accredited school for high school juniors and seniors, in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. HMI is akin to a college study abroad program, but for high school students. Our students spend a full academic semester with us and return to their home schools invigorated about education, experienced in leadership, and more aware of the world around them. 100% of the 48 students in each semester cohort board at HMI in order to fully participate in the experience.

Students who attend the HMI Semester complete a full course-load of honors and AP-level classes in order to reintegrate smoothly into their home academic environments. They live on campus surrounded by curious and ambitious peers in sustainable, off-the-grid cabins. Unique to HMI, students spend a full third of their semester backpacking and skiing through the mountains of Colorado and the canyons of Utah with their teachers and classmates. In their remaining years of high school and beyond, our alumni continue to consider their semester away at HMI one of the most important and formative periods of their lives.

The HMI Semester is selective; we accept high-achieving, academically-oriented students looking to make the most of their high school experience. The defining characteristic of HMI students is their desire to be here; they come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and from public and private schools across the United States and abroad.

No previous outdoor experience is required to participate in HMI–only an interest in spending extended periods of time (10-18 days at a time) outdoors in wilderness settings. While some of our students already consider themselves active outdoorspeople, others have never camped, hiked, or skied before. We teach our students everything they need to know to fully participate in our outdoor activities. Approximately 30% of our student receive financial aid, and our aid packages can include free or reduced-price outdoor gear rental. Our top financial aid awards include free plane tickets to and from Colorado.

You can learn more about the HMI Semester through our website, viewbook, and by reading the student-written weekly updates on our blog. To apply, please visit our admissions and financial aid page.

HMI is a member of the Semester Schools Network, a network of twelve semester schools offering semester-away programs for high school student across the world.

Visit our vimeo page to watch a recording of our most recent online information session!