Are you ready for an adventurous summer in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado?

The HMI Summer Term unites wilderness expeditions, intentional community, and writing workshops for five unforgettable weeks in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Open to students who have completed 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, the Summer Term is an opportunity for high school students to improve their writing skills, build and deepen their connection to nature, and meet new friends from across the country.

On two 9-day backpacking expeditions, students learn how to travel and thrive in the rugged wilderness of Colorado. Leadership and communication theory are central to the mission of HMI; in addition to wilderness skills, students will hone their leadership and teamwork practices with the goal of transferring what they learn in the mountains to their lives back home.

On campus students dive into the art of the personal essay, receiving coaching and practice from seasoned writing professionals. Each student will have the chance to turn their wilderness experiences into a reflective personal essay that can be used as a Common Application® college essay.

And all this will be done with a group of diverse peers and instructors which quickly becomes a unique community of supportive friends.


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Visit our vimeo page to watch a recording of our most recent online information session and view our program brochure for an overview of the Summer Term.

You can learn more about the student experience at HMI  by reading the student-written weekly updates on our blog.

View our 2012 Summer Term video (note that the program is now five weeks, not six, and the academics have become more writing and leadership focused. But the ethos remains the same!)