The Lowell Whiteman School

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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The Lowell Whiteman School, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, serves boarding and day students in Grades 9 through 12. Balancing a challenging traditional liberal arts curriculum with opportunities beyond the classroom, the school fosters students’ personal and academic growth. With an average class size of eight students, personal relationships between students and faculty are the foundation of the college preparatory education. Of the 55 person student body, 60% participate in a 4-week foreign travel curriculum at one of four unique destinations. The 2013 destinations are Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Vietnam/Cambodia. 40% of the student body skis or rides competitively in partnership with the award-winning Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Lowell Whiteman has graduated 16 Olympians. All students participate in an experiential outdoor program with offerings in kayaking, rock and ice climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, canoeing, camping, and skiing and riding. For the adventurous and motivated young person, The Lowell Whiteman School offers the ideal balance between intellectual and physical fulfillment.

42605 County Road 36, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA 80487

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Director of Admission: Marta Miskolczy
Admissions Phone:970-879-1350 ext.15Fax:970-879-0506
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $100
  • International Application Fee: $200
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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  • Founded: 1957
  • Campus Size: 192 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-12th
  • Accredited by: ACIS
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     8 10 18
Boys     23 10 33
Total     31 20 51

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $38,250
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $20,400
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 36.00%
  • Average Awarded: $23,000
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 12.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $4,000
  • Current Endowment: $1,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $14,492

Summary: LWS's college preparatory academic program features small class sizes, a rigorous curriculum, and dynamic teachers. Reading and writing occurs across the curriculum, and there is a special emphasis on global studies.

Department Director: Meg Morse

Average Class Size: 8

Full Time Teachers: 18

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 45.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

Number of AP Courses Offered: 6

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • European History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Enivornmental Geography
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus II
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Science
  • Web Design
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Silkscreen
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Global Studies Program
    Intersession for Winter Athletes

AP Courses Available:
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language
  • Spanish Language

Summary: LWS has three residence halls, staffed by faculty. The boarding program offers appropriate structure and boundaries.

Department Director: Randy Judycki

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 3

Average Students Per Dorm: 20

No. of Girls Dorms: 1

No. of Boys Dorms: 2

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life


  • Technology Center
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Trampoline

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Environmental Club
  • Horseback Riding
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Photography
  • Skateboarding Clubs
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Arts Department Director: Eric Einstein

  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Rock Band
  • Choir
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Students may compete on local high school's teams.
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Climbing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Martial Arts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: At the Lowell Whiteman School, we view the college process as an opportunity for each student to understand his or her strengths as a student, athlete, and person and to match those strengths with a college that will foster further development in those areas.

Department Director: Sarah Hoffman

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 99.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Bates College 2 graduates
Univ. of British Columbia 2 graduates
Colby College 1 graduates
Univ. of Colorado 9 graduates
Colorado College 6 graduates
Colorado State Univ. 5 graduates
University of Denver 8 graduates
Fort Lewis College 4 graduates
Lewis and Clark College 1 graduates
McGill University 2 graduates
Middlebury College 1 graduates
Pomona College 1 graduates
University of Puget Sound 3 graduates
Santa Clara University 1 graduates
St. John's College (NM) 1 graduates
St. Lawrence University 1 graduates
Tulane University 1 graduates
US Air Force Academy 1 graduates
University of Vermont 1 graduates
Whitman College 2 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 480 610
Mathematics 490 650
Writing 490 610

Notable Alumni

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Summary: Now accepting applications for The Steamboat Summer Academy, a five-week, one-credit summer program allowing 8-11th graders the chance to live, learn, and play in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Students will take the equivalent of a full year in a course of her or his choice, including ESL; courses may be taken for promotion or remediation. Beyond the major and minor course (study skills, SAT prep, technology) each student enrolls in, students will also participate in a range of outdoor activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, or kayaking, all Colorado specialties. Competitive winter athletes will train with the Steamboat Sports Winter Sports Club to prepare for the competitive ski season. The SSA runs from June 24 through July 28, and is held on the campus of The Lowell Whiteman School. Information is available at, and applications are now being accepted. Make your summer count at The Steamboat Summer Academy!

Department Director: Brian Smith

The Steamboat Summer Academy

June 24, 2012 to July 28, 2012

Live, learn, and play at the Steamboat Summer Academy. Earn a full year's credit in a high school class. Participate in epic outdoor Colorado adventure, or train with a world-class ski club. Make your summer count at SSA!

Registration Deadline: May 10, 2012
Tuition: $4,500
Financial Aid Available:  No
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