Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat’s schools

Steamboat Springs School District

The Steamboat Springs School District offers curriculum and academic programs designed to give students the skills they need to compete in college or the workplace. Its mission is to make sure that all students are learning in a safe environment, are prepared to succeed in an ever-changing world and can apply essential academic skills and knowledge in various content areas.

There are two public elementary schools (K-5) handling approximately 1,150 students: Soda Creek Elementary, located in town, and Strawberry Park Elementary, located at the middle school campus.

For the past eight years, Steamboat Springs Middle School (6-8) has been recognized as a school of distinction by the State of Colorado, earning the John Irwin Award.

The Steamboat Springs High School (9-12) has approximately 650 students. The high school has a rotating block schedule in which students attend each class for 95 minutes every other day. With a teaching staff of 57, class size varies from 8 to 33 students.

In addition to the school district being Accredited with Distinction, Steamboat Springs Middle School, Steamboat Springs High School and Strawberry Park Elementary School earned the John Irwin Award in 2015, the last year the award was available. 

Steamboat Springs Middle School and Strawberry Park Elementary School also earned the Governors Distinguished Improvement Award. On the school performance framework used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools exceedexpectations on the academic achievement indicator and meet or exceedexpectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps. The Governors Distinguished Improvement awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth.”


Fast Facts

For the eighth year in a row, Steamboat Springs School District has earned the accredited with distinctionaward from the Colorado Department of Education.

Rated the No. 2 public school district in the state, Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 operates two elementary schools (grades K-5), one middle school (grades 6-8), one charter school (grades K-8), one high school (grades 9-12) and one alternative high school (grades 9-12).  

Student to teacher ratio goal: 1:20 (elementary) and 1:25 (secondary)

The Education Fund Board administers proceeds of a half-cent city sales tax.

Average budgeted cost-per-student spending for the 2015-16 academic year: $9,966

Total K-12 enrollment for the 2016-17 school year: 2,550 students

High school students have the option to enroll concurrently at CMC.

Steamboat Springs students, shown from left to right;  Bella Eckburg, Amanda Walker, Daisy Thundstrum and Olicia Hobson belt out a tune in the Steamboat Springs High School's presentation of Legally Blonde.

Steamboat Springs students, shown from left to right; Bella Eckburg, Amanda Walker, Daisy Thundstrum and Olicia Hobson belt out a tune in the Steamboat Springs High School’s presentation of Legally Blonde.

Private School Options

Emerald Mountain School

The Emerald Mountain School ( K-8, private), located in the heart of Steamboat Springs, offers a creative environment that includes multi-age and socio-economically diverse classrooms, low student-teacher ratios and active parent participation. The school inspires confidence and a passion for learning through a curriculum that stresses academics, personal accountability, experiential and outdoor education and responsible local and global citizenship. Info:

Steamboat Mountain School

The Steamboat Mountain School (9-12, private) is a co-ed boarding school, known for its college-preparatory classes. The curriculum challenges students to think critically and creatively while preparing them for success in college and in life. The Global Immersion Studies program gives students the opportunity to become a citizen of the world.While traveling, the students interact with the people in local communities and learn about the region’s history and the culture,” says Director of Admissions Marta Miskolczy. “And through our Sustainable Agriculture Program, students connect with their environment through our food system by building and maintaining a greenhouse for composting and growing.” 


Yampa Valley High School

The Yampa Valley High School offers an alternative learning environment where students can meet their personal and educational goals. The school provides a healthy, respectful and supportive learning environment promoting cooperation and personal interaction to facilitate individual growth and academic achievement. Critical thinking, collaboration and self-direction are the foundations of its academic system and provide its students with the skills and abilities that will promote a successful and happy life.


Steamboat Christian School

The Steamboat Christian School (K-12, private) is a new school with mixed-age classrooms focusing on academic excellence, moral and character development, personalized education, cooperative learning, quality relationships and community involvement. Students are spread across three classrooms one kindergarten class, one first- through fifth-grade class and one sixth- through 12th-grade classmaking it a great option for parents seeking an affordable, high-quality Christian education. Info:

Mountain Village Montessori Charter School

The mission of the new Mountain Village Montessori Charter School, housed in the same building as the Steamboat Christian School, is to inspire children to learn and grow as responsible global citizens in a collaborative, peaceful and safe environment through the proven methods of Montessori education. MVMCS aims to develop responsible, self-directed and resilient children who become life-long learners and creative problem solvers. Info:

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