You can learn a lot about life at Steamboat Mountain School by dropping in on one of their many all-school conversations.
Whether it is a Campfire Talk, All-School Meeting, The Penguin Huddle, or one of their unique speaker series learning through their community is unforgettable.
During Penguin Huddle, students, faculty, and staff gather from their most recent class, morning chores, office, or dorm around the open, three-story wood interior of the Main Building. A building constructed by students and teachers. Community members offer announcements, updates, news of things on the horizon: the service trip that afternoon, the study session for the AP test, the meeting for film class, skiers results from competitions over the weekend and more.
You will see a similar scene in our theater for our Campfire Talks and Speaker Series. As the stories and conversations of backcountry campfires go, our school wide Campfire Talks are a time when a student, faculty or staff, will stand before the community and tell a story of triumph, failure, passion, or life lessons. Alternatively, during our speakers series guests from around the Steamboat Springs community provide lessons, stories or guidance for our young adult population by sharing their own experiences of navigating this important time of development, the responsibly of independence, and the choices they made that lead to the careers and the people they are today.
Here’s what you take away: Steamboat Mountain School is relaxed and informal. There’s no pretense here—people are comfortable being themselves. Students are serious about what they’re here to do, but not against having fun doing it. People speak up and say what’s on their mind.
The school schedules weekly meeting times during which advisors and advisees meet to discuss relevant issues or topics in the community. Whether the school’s core values or the choices teens face during this important developmental time these topics are an important and intentional piece of the student’s growth as a young adult. The advisor also serves as the main contact for families, communicating with parents and families several times each year about the student’s progress, struggles, and successes.
Everyone knows everyone else: the community is close knit and involved, and there’s no shortage of things to be involved in. More than anything
else, it feels comfortable. Whether you’re a day student or a boarder, this becomes your home away from home.