Address: 1300 West Swallow Road, Fort Collins 80526
History and Culture
Rocky Mountain High School (RMHS) opened in 1973, is focused on excellence in academic and extracurricular endeavors. Rocky Mountain has developed a tradition of being on the cutting edge of educational reform by guiding and supporting the educational community to reach its maximum potential in a safe, caring environment.
Academics and Activities
Rocky Mountain High School’s school schedule consists of four 9-week terms per year and four 90-minute classes per day with one late start day each week. Fewer subjects with longer classes allow students increased depth of learning, more positive relationships among students and teachers, and greater opportunities for a variety of hands-on learning activities in a caring and friendly environment. RMHS features large, well-lit learning spaces, advanced learning technology systems, a variety of instructional spaces, a unique student commons area and courtyard, a state-of-the-art media center, a state-of-the-art world language lab, a modern fitness center and athletic facilities, and exceptional performing arts areas.
Special Program Highlights
Rocky Mountain offers many paths to increased learning, based on students learning strengths and preferences to include:
- Advanced Placement (AP) Program – a program of college-level courses and exams that provides high school students the opportunity to receive Advanced Placement and/or college credit. Curriculum and staff prepare students for 19 of the 29 available AP exams, compared to the national average of eight.
- PaCE (Professional and Community Experience) –a program for students who wish to extend their learning experiences outside of the classroom ACE (Alternative Cooperative Education) – a program which prepares students for careers by offering student credit when combined with related coursework, for paid employment, apprenticeships, shadowing, and volunteering.
- The Professional Development School (STEPP) – a partnership between Colorado State University and RMHS designed to improve the preparation of future teachers.
RMHS sponsors 23 interscholastic sports and associated activities for students in grades 9–12 with over 50 student organizations. Numerous programs have received national and state recognition as “programs of excellence.” Students participate as equal members in all decision making groups at Rocky.