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Emerald Mountain School


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We have merged with Steamboat Mountain School to offer an exceptional, continuous K-12 independent education. United in our commitment to academic excellence, small class sizes and experience-based learning, our school prepares students for the big world. We foster a culture of passionate learners who dream big, think critically, and push the boundaries of what is possible. Everyday our world-class faculty inspires our students to demonstrate curiosity and initiative, connect meaningfully with others and develop their own voices because we believe that students who are curious, confident, and imaginative will go on to change the world.

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Education at Emerald Mountain School follows a developmental approach that strives to educate the whole student in a positive and constructive environment. The academic program is designed to promote intellectual growth, creativity, confidence, and leadership through an understanding of cultural differences throughout the world and responsibility within the school community.

  • We inspire confidence and a passion for learning through a curriculum that stresses academics, personal accountability, experiential and outdoor education, and responsible local and global citizenship.
  • Our vision is to be the school that best prepares students for future challenges and opportunities.


Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking, and promote a lifelong love of learning.



Independent school instructors usually teach in their areas of expertise. They strive to develop a full understanding of each student’s learning style, interests, and motivation.


In addition to academics, independent schools also nurture students’ personal and social growth and civic conscience.


Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals.


Ernest Richardson Returns to EMS

Ernest Richardson Returns to EMS

On Thursday last week, EMS was delighted to host Ernest Richardson, Music Director of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, who assisted in the final tinkering before our Spring Strings Showcase. The occasion marked the first time that cohorts were able to meet together,...

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At One With the Universe

At One With the Universe

A kindergartner is a true artist. As they move through time and space, they are forever interested in knowing the truth of whatever they encounter. Likewise purposeful in their manipulation and representation, they arrange their subject matter with honest intent,...

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The Art of Flip Teaching

The Art of Flip Teaching

Like many neologisms and methodologies in contemporary education, 'Flip Teaching' is tricky to accomplish and is best understood by example. Doug’s 7-8 science class offers a good case study. In premise, the method is rooted in the notion that students learn needed...

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