Steamboat Springs, Colorado Schools

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2021 Exciting Changes Coming to Steamboat Schools

The new year will bring exciting changes to many schools in the Steamboat community. New school buildings will open, new school district boundaries will go into effect for the 2021-2022 school year, and two long-standing independent schools will merge. Below you will find out what this means for the Steamboat community as a whole.

Sleeping Giant School

As part of a bond measure passed in 2019, the school district is in the process of building its first new school building since 1981. The Sleeping Giant School, a PK - 8 school, is located just west of downtown Steamboat and construction is on track to open for the 2021-2022 school year. SGS will expand the district’s capacity and provide additional space for programming and community use. The community excitement about the addition of Sleeping Giant School is palpable as it will ease the pressure on overcrowded classrooms in the existing elementary and middle schools. 

New School District Boundaries

In order to accommodate the addition of Sleeping Giant School, the school board unanimously adopted new district boundaries based largely upon where a student lives, but also considering factors such as projected growth and equitable access for all families. For the 2021-2022 school year, rising 5th and 7th grade students can submit a request to complete their final year at their current elementary or middle school which will automatically be granted. Here is a map of the new district boundaries.  

Independent School Merger

Steamboat’s two independent schools announced a plan to merge beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. The unification of Emerald Mountain School (K - 8 day school) and Steamboat Mountain School (9 - 12 boarding & day school) will create one K - 12 independent school with nearly 100 years of history between them. Informal discussions about merging the two schools have occurred off and on since the early 1990s when Emerald Mountain School opened. The union became official this past summer after a unanimous approval by both school boards. Phase 2 will introduce the 2 schools under the same name: Steamboat Mountain School. United in purpose and mission, the two schools will continue their commitment to academic excellence, socioeconomic diversity, and community. Here are the application deadlines for the 2021-2022 school year: Emerald Mountain School and Steamboat Mountain School.

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