Latest News – April 4

Reunion Time for High Mountain Institute Students

It was Family Weekend at High Mountain Institute (HMI) in Leadville and beautiful early spring weather set the stage as Semester 36 students reunited with parents and siblings after two months apart. It was hugs and smiles all around, with lots of stories to share.

Students arrive at Head of School, Danny O'Brien's, house on April 2 to greet their parents for the first time in two months! Photo: High Mountain Institute.

Students arrive at Head of School, Danny O’Brien’s, house on April 2 to greet their parents for the first time in two months! Photo: High Mountain Institute.

The High Mountain Institute was founded by Leadville’s Christopher and Molly Barnes in the spirit of combining wilderness and intellectual pursuits. The school’s programs combine academic learning with wilderness skills, travel, and connecting to the natural world. On the trail, the students study the human connection to the natural world, and learn new leadership skills. In addition, Students takes college-preparatory academic classes in English, science, history, math, and foreign language at HMI. 

HMI is one of several semester schools that is  often recognized alternative to the typical path of four years of secondary schooling, and HMI’s mission and vision remain unique in the realm of 21st century education.

High Mountain Institute Apprentice Mary Gianotti teaches class in the field. Photo: HMI

High Mountain Institute Apprentice Mary Gianotti teaches class in the field. Photo: HMI

After leaving HMI, alumni repeatedly report increased confidence, improved academic performance, affinity for positive communities, and passion for exercising their new leadership skills toward building community and solving substantive challenges.  

Today, HMI has over 1,000 alumni from across the country from its Semester School and summer programs and is recognized nationally as a leader in progressive education. The educational institution is a non-profit organization. For more information, visit their website: LINK.

High Mountain Institute math instructor Dylan Kane teaches "quigloo" techniques. Photo: HMI

High Mountain Institute math instructor Dylan Kane teaches “quigloo” techniques. Photo: HMI

Spac_50School’s Back in Session for Leadville Students

Leadville schools are back in session after a (hopefully) wonderful Spring Break session for students, faculty and staff!

The Lake County High School (LCHS) Chamber Choir, vocal music director Scott Carroll (tuxedo) and chaperons pose for a picture at Times Square during their recent trip to New York City. You can see the students perform in Leadville at their upcoming Spring Band Concert on Thursday April 14 from 7 - 9 p.m. in the LCHS auditorium. Photo: Lake County School District Facebook Page.

The Lake County High School (LCHS) Chamber Choir, vocal music director Scott Carroll (tuxedo) and chaperons pose for a picture at Times Square during their recent trip to New York City. You can see the students perform in Leadville at their upcoming Spring Band Concert on Thursday April 14 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the LCHS auditorium. Photo: Lake County School District Facebook Page.

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