The Lowell Whiteman School
42605 Routt County Road #36 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 Founded 1957 (970) 879 - 1350 Fax (970) 879 - 0506 www.lws.edu CEEB #061312 Chris Taylor, Head of School
School Proﬁle 2010 - 2011 School
The Lowell Whiteman School is a college-preparatory, co-educational boarding and day school. · 9 - 12 enrollment: 79 students; 43 boarders, 36 day · Teaching Faculty: 14; Average class size: 8; Largest class size: 14
Through a rigorous preparatory curriculum, challenging wilderness experiences, a premiere competitive winter sports program, and unique foreign travel opportunities, the Lowell Whiteman School fosters the personal growth of its students, preparing them to succeed in advanced study, to serve as passionate stewards of our human and natural worlds, and to pursue responsible, creative lives
Community The school resides on a 180-acre campus, bordered by 2,000,000 acres of wilderness. Roughly half of our boarding students hail from Colorado, but we also draw students from Alabama, California, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. We have international students from Czech Republic, Dubai, Germany, Mexico, and Sweden. Graduation The school requires a minimum of 18 course credits for graduation. Students must take a minimum of ﬁve courses per trimester except in special circumstances. · Distribution requirements (One credit is equal to a full year course.) English 4 credits Language 2 credits Math 3 credits Art 1 credit Social Studies 3 credits Computer 1 credit Science 2 credits Academic Rigor
Beyond our traditional college preparatory curriculum, our students gain unique and formative experiences as foreign travelers and competitive winter athletes. This fosters an adventurous and independent spirit that sets them apart both as students and citizens on college campuses. The typical workload is 5 classes, with 2-4 hours of homework per night. All A. P. classes are open enrollment except for A. P. English, which requires an 88% average in high school English classes or permission from the teacher. Students may work independently with a faculty mentor to prepare for A.P. exams in other courses.
~an education as large as the world since 1957~
An asterisk designates a required course. English Social Studies English I* World Geography* English II* World History* English III* U. S. History* English IV* Post World War II History A.P. English IV Honors Env. Geography
Art* (one course) Art I Advanced Art Film Drama Music
Math Algebra I* Geometry* Algebra II* Pre-Calculus I Advanced Pre-Calculus Honors Calculus I A.P. Calculus II
Computer* (one course) Computer I Computer II
Science Biology* Chemistry* Honors Physics A.P Env. Science Anatomy and Physiology A.P. Physics
Language (we require two years of the same language) French II – IV, A.P. French V Spanish I – IV, A.P. Spanish V
College Acceptances for the Classes of 2007 - 2010 (Colleges at which graduates matriculated are in bold)
American University Arizona State University Bard College Bates College Boston College Boston University Bowdoin College Bucknell University Cal. Polytechnic State University, SLO Carnegie Mellon University Carroll College (Montana) Chapman University Clark University Colby College Colorado Christian University Colorado College Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University DePauw University Fort Lewis College Golden West College Gonzaga University Harvard College Hobart & William Smith Colleges Lawrence University Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Lewis and Clark College Linﬁeld College McGill University Mesa State College Middlebury College Montana State University Northeastern University Northern Arizona University Northern Michigan University Occidental College Pepperdine University Pomona College Portland State University Prescott College Reed College Regis University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rutgers University Saint Michael’s College Santa Clara University Sierra Nevada College Skidmore College Southern Methodist University Southern New Hampshire University St. John’s College (NM) St. Lawrence University Texas Christian University The College of Idaho Tulane University United States Air Force Academy University of Alaska Fairbanks University of British Columbia University of Central Florida University of Chicago University of Colorado at Boulder University of Colorado at Colorado Springs University of Colorado at Denver
University of Denver University of Hawaii, Manoa University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Miami University of Montana, Missoula University of New Hampshire University of Northern Colorado University of Oregon University of Portland University of Puget Sound University of Redlands University of San Diego University of Southern Mississippi University of Texas, Austin University of Utah University of Vermont University of Wyoming Warren Wilson College Wellesley College Western State College of Colorado
Western Washington University Westminster College Westmont College Whitman College Willamette University Williams College
SAT and ACT Statistics for the Class of 2011
SAT Range 700 - 800 600 - 699 500 - 599 400 - 499 300 - 399 200 - 299 Middle 50%
Critical Reading 1 8 6 2 0 0 500-660
ACT Middle 50%
Sci. Reasoning 28-31
Math 1 6 6 4 0 0 490-640
Writing 1 5 6 5 0 0 480-610 Reading 25-30
Each fall, the Lowell Whiteman School foreign travel students choose from four trips—this year the trips are going to Bhutan, Chile, Tanzani, and Viet Nam/Cambodia. In December, the groups begin to meet on a weekly basis to plan the details of the trips. With consideration for budgetary restrictions, the students take an active role in this process, researching the culture of the country and trip logistics, making decisions about accommodations, means of travel, and areas of interest. In April, the students travel for four weeks. All of the trips have community service components, such as teaching in schools or helping with local building projects. Photographs from many years of international travel decorate the walls of the academic building and the dining hall. This travel experience encourages the students to learn an appreciation of another culture and of another natural setting, and to gain a greater sense of their place in the world. About ﬁfty students participate in our foreign travel program.
Competitive Ski and Snowboard Program
Students who participate in the competitive ski and snowboard programs train with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. During the fall, they participate in dryland training four to ﬁve days a week. For the second trimester, because of the travel schedule inherent in competition, these competitive athletes drop two classes. Then, while the foreign travelers are gone in April, in order to make up the work they missed, they enter a month of intensive daily two-hour classes for each class they dropped. The schedule that these athletes pursue demands superior time-management skills because throughout the winter they are responsible for all of the work that they miss in the three classes that they maintain. Sometimes, this kind of work entails faxing papers from foreign countries and keeping up with assignments through e-mail. Therefore, the students who excel at both academics and their sport truly demonstrate their ability to work independently and to achieve at the highest level both athletically and intellectually. About 40% of LWS’s students participate in our competitive ski and snowboard program.
During the month of October, the Lowell Whiteman School/SSWSC Austria Residency Program for alpine skiers allows students to have an extensive training block, close to the competitive season, to develop strong habits, fundementals in technique and tactics, and high ﬁtness levels. Student/athletes will train during the day on the glaciers near Patsch, Austria, and every day, they will have time to complete their school work through study halls and class time. Students have access to their classes through video conferencing and are responsible for all of the work in their academic classes.
Each school year begins with all-school camp trips during which students learn camping practices and etiquette. On the camping trip, students share the responsibilities of minimum-impact camping. camping. They cook, clean, learn orientation and leadership skills. They learn safety protocols and gain appreciation for natural beauty. While many of these trips focus on backpacking, others provide opportunities for students to learn and improve their skills in horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking.
In the beginning of October, the whole school heads to areas near the Four Corners to develop the students’ outdoor skills over a more extended period of time. Students backpack, ride horses, kayak, canoe, raft, rock climb, and mountain bike.
~an education as large as the world since 1957~
Distinctive Curriculum--Highlights of LWS’s Academic Program English: Classes are intensive courses in grammar, writing, vocabulary, and literature. Students are required to read between 25 and 35 pages per night and to write an expository paper once every week or two. The following are sample readings from each grade level: 9th grade: Mythology, Catcher in the Rye, A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 10th grade: Macbeth, The Odyssey, Interpreter of Maladies 11th grade: Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, Harper’s Single Volume American Literature 12th grade: Hamlet, The Stranger, Wuthering Heights Geography: Students explore the complex relationships existing between the physical environment and various human cultures. Lectures, readings, and class discussions address the questions of where people live and how the physical aspects of their environment inﬂuence their economies and cultures. Along with emphasis on speciﬁc regions, the course takes a global viewpoint, considering, for example, how land areas are interconnected and their peoples are interrelated. Honors Environmental Geography: This honors level class gives upperclassmen the opportunity to explore world issues in depth. The students are involved in identifying topics to study; they choose areas of interest from ﬁve categories: physical geographic phenomena, current world issues, speciﬁc issues in a particular country, foreign policy issues for the U.S., and speciﬁc National Geographic articles of interest to the students. The following are sample topics covered in recent years: Physical Geography -- glaciers, monsoons, global warming, hurricanes; World Issues -- water supply, water and air pollution, world population, agricultural revolution and concerns, bio-diversity, religion and war, terrorism, and refugees. These studies focus on causes of and current responses to issues and encourage students to devise creative and practical solutions. Post World War II History: This senior-level elective explores the religious, geographic, economic, and philosophic bases of world issues from 1945 to the present. The course focuses on the United States’ roles in and responsibilities to international relations. Computer II: Students in this course build on the skills they learned in Computer I; they study graphic design, layout, and desktop publishing skills through the use of Photoshop and Pagemaker. Students also expand their understanding of WEB publishing concepts and WEB editing software such as FrontPage and Dreamweaver. As part of their coursework, students help produce the annual LWS yearbook. Advanced Art: The course is project-oriented for advanced artists with strong foundations in, for example, drawing, color theory, negative space, and proportionality. Students work in several media, including metal sculpture, human ﬁgure sculpture, oil painting, and fabric. Throughout the year students produce a sketchbook composed of weekly sketches of increasing complexity. Film: This course introduces the basic principles of script writing and ﬁlm production. Students write, direct, act in, edit, and produce their own ﬁlms. The course blends technical skill with artistic creativity. Projects range from short ﬁlms to full-length feature ﬁlms. Students work with advanced craftsmanship and technology in the realms of ﬁlm production, editing, sound, and special effects.
~an education as large as the world since 1957~