The High Mountain Institute offers a rigorous academic curriculum that prepares students for success in the remainder of their high school career and beyond. We design our courses to closely align with the honors and AP-level courses at our sending schools in order to facilitate smooth transitions home for our graduates. Students who enroll in our fall semester can expect to return home ready to begin the second half of most year-long courses at their sending schools. During our spring semester, classes pick up roughly at the midpoint and complete course work so that students are prepared for classes in their senior years. HMI is accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools, an affiliate of the National Association of Independent Schools. Our transcripts and credit are therefore accepted by public and private schools across the country.

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Students at HMI thrive in small-class settings with a 4:1 student to teacher ratio

At HMI, all students are exposed to a completely new academic environment where they are challenged by the diversity of perspectives brought by teachers and peers. Small class sizes (an average of ten students) and a focus on student-led discussion create an inclusive environment where every student participates. Our place-based curriculum connects students with the history, culture, and geography of the American West, while covering key topics necessary for junior and senior year academic progressions. Student-teacher relationships develop beyond the classroom through wilderness expeditions and residential life.

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An HMI Semester history discussion taking place on backpacking expedition in the Sawatch Range of the Colorado Rockies.

Students take 5-6 courses at HMI and can earn an ungraded ½ credit for physical education. Many students also participate in community service, particularly during the Fall Semester. If HMI does not offer a course that is necessary for a students academic trajectory at their sending school, students have the option to participate in an independent study.

HMI Semester Courses

Explore the courses listed below for a brief synopsis of coursework and content, or view our complete Curriculum Guide.