At CRMS, we understand that the decision to attend a boarding school is not one to be taken lightly. Since the 1950s, families have entrusted the wellbeing of their students into our care at a pivotal time in a teen's development. CRMS takes this responsibility seriously. The boarding component of the school is designed with a carefully thought-out mix of developmentally-appropriate consistency, structure, safety, and relationship-building to ensure that all students are seen, known, and thrive in the CRMS community.
Part of what makes the CRMS boarding experience unique is the purposeful level of contact and attention that students receive from staff mentors throughout their day. CRMS is not a campus where students see their math teacher only in class. Faculty members genuinely enjoy engaging with students and building relationships with them. An English teacher may help run the grilled cheese cook-off in a dorm on a Saturday night. The climbing coach might also be a student's history teacher or run a weekend field trip to a regional youth poetry event. Students are constantly surrounded by caring adult mentors who check in with them beyond the classroom and get to know them as individuals. That sense of connection and adult support is a guarantee at CRMS. In an annual survey, students report that on average, they have closely connected with at least five adults on campus.
Boarding students at CRMS are separated into seven dorms (five of which are newly renovated) by grade and by gender. Each dorm has both a faculty member's housing attached and a common area where students can gather. Most dorms offer limited kitchen facilities. All students have roommates, ensuring exposure to diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities in every dorm. During weekdays, students are in class or active program until 5 p.m. daily. Students eat their meals at the Bar Fork, a rustic lodge-like central campus building that serves delicious, sustainable fare, nearly 40% of which is directly from our garden program. Weekday evenings are taken up with dorm meetings, house chores, and a two-hour supervised study block. In addition to the academic and active programming at the school, students can take advantage of a new fitness facility, indoor climbing wall, and a free campus bike program that gives students access to the town of Carbondale.
On the weekends, students choose from a full roster of activities, many of which take advantage of the school's ideal setting in the heart of the Elk Mountains. From climbing and skiing trips to visits to hot springs or Aspen's museums, CRMS students have plenty to keep them busy. Outdoor pursuits like mountain bike trails head out right from campus, and the region's bus transit system is also a short walk away. Weekend evenings wrap up with optional planned activities in every dorm that range from board games to bake-offs.
Families are welcome to visit campus as well when they're in town. CRMS hosts a parents weekend in the fall, and families may also sign up for the occasional formal dinners that are often paired with evening entertainment such as guest lectures or student music. With a meticulously-designed boarding program and access to countless regional offerings, CRMS boarding students have the ideal mix of structure, adult support, and graduated independence. They leave CRMS with both life-long connections and the independent living skills needed to flourish in the broader world.