Our home base is our 80-acre HMI campus outside of Leadville, Colorado
On campus, students take academic classes, live in rustic cabins, and share meals with their peers and teachers. Our students serve as stewards of the campus, participating in daily chores and spending time in the kitchen helping to prepare meals.
Experience a day in the life of HMI Semester 45 (fall 2020). This video was made for the Semester 45 virtual Family Weekend.
Weekdays at HMI
Weekdays involve morning exercise, chores, classes, and study hall. Twice a week, students participate in “cook crew” where they help prepare meals for the entire community. Cook crew and chores allow students to share the responsibility of keeping our campus running.
7:25 AMX (morning exercise): A short run to the Beaver Ponds below Mt. Elbert
8:00 Breakfast: Pancakes (plain, blueberry, or chocolate chip), yogurt, granola, and orange juice
8:30 Morning chores: Shovel the snow that fell overnight off the campus walkways
9:00 Natural Science: Learn about animals in the Leadville ecosystem by tracking them about the HMI campus
10:30 Advanced Spanish: Travel to Leadville to meet with native Spanish speakers and hear their immigration stories
12:00 Lunch: Homemade chili (both vegetarian and chili with meat), cornbread, salad, and fruit
12:30 Announcements: News for the day
1:00 Pre-Calculus: Take turns working through exponential function problems
2:30 Afternoon activities: Ultimate Frisbee, photography lesson, or cook crew
4:00 AP US History: Participate in a mock trial of a famous historian for the misrepresentation of American history
5:30 Free time: A little free time to relax
6:00 Dinner: A quick poetry reading kicks off the meal of lasagna, garlic bread, and salad
7:00 Study Hall: Revise critical review for U.S. History and read a few chapters of Into the Wild for English class
9:15 Free time: Hang out, brush teeth, make phone calls
9:45 Cabin check-in: Head back to your cabin and stoke the fire one last time before bed
Weekends at HMI
Weekends include free time for a chance to relax, visit town, finish homework, and spend time with friends. Organized activities offer students a chance to connect with one another and our beautiful setting in Colorado.
- Skiing at Ski Cooper 20 minutes down the road
- Taking a trip to the Great Sands National Park
- Spending an evening at the natural hot springs south of town
- Performing in a student-run talent show
- Learning to square dances with professional callers
- Beginning the college process with a visit to Colorado College
- Learning to chop wood–the fuel for our cabins’ wood burning stoves
- Spending a few hours alone on an afternoon “solo”
The HMI technology policy
The HMI student experience is strengthened by our technology policy that encourages face-to-face interaction and minimizes screen time. Each student turns in their cell phone upon arrival at HMI, and refrains from use their phone for the entirety of the semester. Students do have laptops which they use for completing coursework and communicating with friends and family back home. But technology use is limited to free periods and evening study hall. Meals, cabin time, and backpacking expeditions are completely tech-free.