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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.


Heroic Pinpens Alter Dragon Tropes

Heroic Pinpens Alter Dragon Tropes

Preemptive note of clarification: while the first and second grades are individually known as the Aspens and Pinions, respectively, on occasion they are grouped into the same cohort wherein they are collectively called the “Pinpens.” Lately, the Pinpens have embarked...

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Events, Droids, and Algorithms: Samantha Teaches Dig Lit

Events, Droids, and Algorithms: Samantha Teaches Dig Lit

A quick stroll around campus will remind you that Samantha, as fitting the larger EMS staff, exhibits a broad array of skill. While steering the ship and coordinating the various ins, outs, and what-have-you required of the Head of School, she may be found greeting...

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The Gift of Letters

The Gift of Letters

Few things are more enjoyable than receiving a hand-written letter from someone you care about. The 'school sibling' program at EMS is a time-honored tradition, and one of the features that gives the campus its warm, familial vibe. Usually, the program is perhaps most...

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