about mountain house?

Explore these frequently asked questions. Don’t see your question?

Instead of lecturing and working to fill students with recitable knowledge, we’re encouraging a collaborative work environment with mixed-age and ability-based pods facilitated by educators to pose questions, encourage thought and the opportunity to master skills vs. Earning a Grade or teaching to a test. We believe children are exceptional and can succeed when given the space and the tools to learn in supportive and collaborative environments. All our students will be given individual learning paths, based on their abilities, talents and passions, while ensuring they don’t miss any basic foundations (specifically in reading and in math). 

We’ll work hard to give students the opportunity to learn through not only academic exploration, but also through adventure. We believe bringing children into nature, and giving them the opportunity to be children, is an essential part of childhood. So we’ve developed our year-round TREK Adventure program to get students outside connected to, and immersed in, nature.

At mountain house, we’ll be getting back to the basics of literacy and math in the mornings and allowing co-curriculars to shape our afternoons. 

Mountain House feels that external motivators and high-pressure test scores or grades are not a critical component of a quality, meaningful education. normed achievement tests might be offered to assure parents our model is successful, assess individual progress, or given to watch for patterns of progress over time, but it will not be given as a regular benchmark for progress.

In everyday life at Mountain House, we’ll develop real world skills and measure successes based on individual learning goals and collective learning expectations. Our students will have multiple opportunities and ways through which to demonstrate proficiency and competency.  we’ll regularly provide feedback and assessment on progress on each student to help build self-esteem, pride and motivation for our students. We aim to develop well-rounded and capable students, not just children who either test well, or have memorized information.

The colorado state development standards will be used as our guide to ensure all learners are where they should be academically. However, we bet your student will have the opportunity to not only meet those “standards”, but exceed them at MHA.

Our assessment system promotes a growth mindset, and encourages a culture of learning vs. earning (mastering a skill vs. earning a grade), as well as creating a safe place to take risks and learn from mistakes. We value education, and it is our promise your student will be mastering traditional school subjects with greater proficiency. 

We are a private ministry association founded on Traditional values and offers faith-based instruction at our academy, including all typical subjects that are normed “school” subjects.

  • Membership is voluntary and services are not open to the public (only to our private members)
  • Independent
  • Privately-funded
our entire program has been developed to meet, or more likely exceed, academic requirements for education. We emphasize foundational skills (like literacy + Math) as well as real-world tools (faithfulness, Free-thinking and discernment, problem-solving, balancing a budget, entrepreneurship, Self-sufficiency, Adventure and time in nature, individual talents/passions, leadership, and collaboration, to name a few) necessary for successfully launching into adulthood with well-rounded skills, knowledge and Free-thinking abilities.

At the current time, Mountain House is not accredited. We have been exploring the possibility of accreditation, and Many processes to receive accreditation require historical operational data, which we will be building following our first few years in operation. 

The current flexibility of not being accredited allows us to purposefully aid our individual students in being successful vs. having to meet pre-determined blanket standards or requirements for each of our Students. Some of those standards might not be relevant, or necessary, to lead a successful life for every student in our academy. WE believe education with more freedom in learning is better than conforming with curriculum requirements to be accredited, in some instances. 

Should your student need transcripts after completing MHA’s Academy or for a move, we will be able to provide those for any transition. 

Mountain House is a reimagined Christian Academy. We don’t follow one specific model of education or theory of education. We have pulled the best ideals and practices from many educational models to create a uniquely curated educational experience for families in Summit County. 

Models that have served as inspiration and building blocks for Mountain House are Acton schools, Montessori principles, Charolette mason, Waldorf principles, as well as home-school co-ops and pod learning environments. 

Our curriculum will be assembled from multiple chosen publishers that focus on educating on Core Foundations and from a traditional worldview. Additional Life Skills curriculum has been created from our Educators that have extensive experience in the given skill/trade or area of expertise. 

We are not currently trained or staffed to serve children with serious learning disabilities, special needs, or who needs specialized attention. If you feel MHA is a great fit for your family, please inquire and we will personally assess your unique situation.

Our intended model of education is to give an individualized experience. For that goal to be effective, we intentionally plan on keeping our pods small, no more than 15 students in each. we will be encouraging independent learning, partner learning and collaborative learning as a community group that will span multiple age ranges on a daily basis. Challenging those students that need an extra challenge, and supporting those students who need the support.

We offer year-round programming that covers academics and adventure-based learning. Each  dedicated Academic session begins in September, ending in June, while our TREK enrichment and youth development program (and adventure, science-based learning) happens year-round. 

Normal Operating Hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 am through 6 pm.

An early Release option is available at 3:45 pm.

Yes! TREK is our adventure-based youth development and enrichment program that operates year-round.

If you’ve got the academics covered, and you want your child to get out and explore, TREK Adventure Memberships are available. Participate in any of our year-round TREK programs from TAC Friday’s or our extension program. Students will be enriched with science and outdoor based education where all their senses will be ignited by being immersed in nature.   

ANNUAL Adventure Memberships are available for $125 for one student, $50 for each additional student per Family + the cost of each TREK program session. 

Yes! Here at Mountain House, we value flexible options and helping each of our members reach their child’s educational goals. 

We offer part time programming to support home-schooling families, as well as the opportunity to participate in our TREK Adventure youth-development program. Come in the morning for our Core Foundations, or have your student learn through hands-on experiences by participating in our afternoon sessions, or send them into nature through any of our year-round TREK programs.

Please inquire if you’re interested in any of our part-time program memberships.