Steamboat Mountain School

A nonprofit organization

Steamboat Mountain School is a K-12 independent school with a boarding option for high schoolers. SMS blends academics and adventure, out of the classroom and around the globe to build students' knowledge, develop their confidence and independence, and prepare them for meaningful & fascinating lives


"At practically the onset of their enrollment at SMS, and on countless occasions over the years, our children have said what every parent dreams about hearing: we love school, we love our teachers. Thanks to the stellar educators at SMS, our kids have blossomed intellectually and emotionally while making lifelong friends and embedding themselves in the community." -Parent, 2027


Steamboat Mountain School cultivates the intellect and imagination of young minds, so that students grow their curiosity, discover their potential, contribute meaningfully to their community, and engage in a dynamic, global society .

Approved by the Board of Trustees 01/2022

Background Statement

Steamboat Mountain School was founded in 1957 by adventurer, cowboy, and entrepreneur Lowell Whiteman, and it bears his Renaissance-man imprint today. The School's origins date back to the 1930s when Lowell sought to open a summer camp for boys as a complement to the Perry-Mansfield performing arts camp for girls a few miles down the road. In 1957, the ranch became co-ed and changed its name from the Lowell Whiteman Ranch for Boys to the Lowell Whiteman School. In 1993 Nancy Spillane founded the Lowell Whiteman Primary School as a K-8 school in town, though not legally tied to the upper school, Spillane sought to carry on Lowell's legacy as a local education pioneer. Both schools changed their names in the early 2000s to embrace the mountain town they reside in. In 2020, The primary school and upper school merged to offer a comprehensive K-12 independent school option in Steamboat.

Organization Data


Organization name

Steamboat Mountain School

other names

Steamboat Mountain School, Emerald Mountain School, Lowell Whiteman Primary School, The Whiteman School, The Lowell Whiteman School and Camps, Inc., Steamboat Springs

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)




Organization Size

Large Organization


42605 County Road 36
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Service areas

Routt County, CO, US

Steamboat Springs, CO, US, 80487




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