• United States of America
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Education History Linguistics Marketing Mathematics Natural Sciences U.S. Studies Wildlife Sciences

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma


Starting Price
Price Details
Tuition per semester. Cost includes room & board, all class materials, and wilderness gear rental. AmeriCorps awards accepted and graduate credit offered.
Jan 24, 2020
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About Program

High Mountain Institute, true to its philosophy of education through fundamental experience, hopes to spread the word of a significant hands-on learning not only through its own institution, but through the apprentices it houses and trains to bring a new kind of educational experience to the upcoming student generations.

At HMI, apprentices are college graduates who immerse themselves in a semester-long apprenticeship with any other of the HMI semester programs while participating in a simultaneous seminar that trains them both in educational techniques and HMI's landmark outdoor education. To be more specific, apprentices are both students and teachers, enjoying the benefits of our high school semesters while receiving a formal education to become teachers.

Graduates enjoy a high employment potential in outdoor, experiential education or traditional schools, adventure recreation, and residential programs, or simply a greater advantage if they pursue a degree on education.

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Program Highlights

  • Wilderness: Apprentices participate in a one-week wilderness training expedition and help to facilitate the three HMI Semester wilderness expeditions.
  • Academics: Apprentices work closely with an academic faculty member to hone their teaching style and skills.
  • Residential Life: Outside of the classroom, apprentices play an active role in the residential life of the HMI Semester by cooking meals with the students, helping with daily chores, participating in weekend outings, facilitating daily activities, etc.


High Mountain Institute Award

If you’re looking at one of the four High Mountain Institute programs to Patagonia, consider applying for financial aid. Your application must include tax forms from the last two years and will be awarded based on SSS (school and student services calculator) used by National Association of Independent Schools, which HMI is apart of. In addition to tuition and other travel costs, High Mountain Institute also provides discounted gear rentals to financial aid recipients.

$1,000 - $15,000

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