High Mountain Institute

About High Mountain Institute

Students come to the High Mountain Institute to connect with nature, develop as leaders and critical thinkers, and discover education at its best.

HMI is entering its third decade as a preeminent leader in inspiring confidence, teaching leadership, and supporting the academic growth of adolescents and young adults. We prepare ambitious, motivated students to take risks, collaborate with peers, communicate with people who hold diverse perspectives, and build trusting, affirming relationships. We strive to be one of the most important, defining educational choices our students will make during their lifetimes.

From our campus high in the Rocky Mountains to the wilds of Patagonia, HMI takes students into the wilderness and fosters communities of shared responsibility, thereby creating the foundation for rigorous intellectual experiences. When nature and minds meet, extraordinary academic and personal achievement often follows.

Students come to HMI for life-changing experiences during our high-school semester, gap program for high school graduates, or middle and high school summer programs. We also work with educators and adults from around the county for professional development courses and our teaching fellowship program.

HMI is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that welcomes students of diverse racial, ethnic, social-economic, and geographic backgrounds. Between 20% and 40% of HMI students receive financial aid including many who receive full scholarships thanks to our generous community of philanthropic supporters.

Our Mission
The High Mountain Institute engages students with the natural world. Our school boldly unites rigorous intellectual inquiry, experiential learning, wilderness expeditions, and shared responsibility in a strong community. Our students realize their potential—as leaders, independent thinkers, and thoughtful citizens.


Wilderness and Residential Life Intern

June 2018 - August 2018 Leadville, CO
“The environment, location, and intentional fostering of a safe and welcoming community. ”
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