Welcome to Community School

It’s a typical spring Tuesday at Community School. Upper School science students, clad in fishing waders, plod through Trail Creek taking water samples to determine the health of the river that winds through campus. Shouts of glee ring from the playground above the Elementary School and the sounds of a student practicing the violin drift through an open window. In classrooms, students linger after their Modern Politics and Islamic Fundamentalism elective to keep a debate going; animated conversations in French and Spanish take place in adjoining classrooms; and hands shoot up to ask a question in Geometry class. Everywhere you look, students work collaboratively on projects and take an active part in their learning.

All of this is right in line with the mission of Community School, a Pre-K through 12th grade independent college preparatory school, established in 1973. Since its inception, Community School has dedicated itself to providing students with a distinctive and exceptional educational experience defined by close student-faculty relationships, and experiential, project-centered learning.

Extensive academic and extracurricular programs set Community School apart. Enriched STREAM (science, technology, robotics, engineering, architecture and arts, and mathematics) programming keeps students nimble in a constantly changing world. All students study a World Language, experiment in science labs, choose from arts courses in music, visual arts, or drama, and, at the Upper School level, select from numerous electives in history, English, math, and science. A teaching greenhouse in the quad invites students to literally get their hands dirty while studying everything from environmental science to nutrition.

Outside the classroom, students pursue their passions, whether those lead them to the stage singing in a musical; to the soccer pitch competing at state championships; racing gates on the slopes of world famous Bald Mountain; or finding the right handhold on a rock face in the wilderness. At the Upper School level, students committed to the visual and performing arts or music focus on pre-professional training within a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum as members of the Creative Arts Academy. Members of the Sun Valley Ski Academy compete at the highest level in alpine racing, snowboarding, freestyle, and snowboarding. A flexible and supportive schedule and philosophy allows these student-athletes to excel both on and off the snow. For those who believe the outdoors is the best classroom of all, the Outdoor Leadership Academy, open to all Upper School students, teaches tangible outdoor skills in rock, water, and backcountry, as well as leadership skills that transfer to any setting.

Community School students are enthusiastic and talented in more traditional sports, too. At the Middle and Upper School levels, students compete in soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf, cross-country, and track. Our athletes not only win many matches, but also score numerous accolades for their sportsmanship and as high achieving student-athletes.

Sports are far from the only extracurricular activities Cutthroats participate in. Depending on the time of year, students dedicate themselves to programs and clubs including the school’s active Green Team, Model U.N, yearbook, community service, Student Council, robotics, and many more. Community School also offers a robust Summer Program with courses the include wilderness certifications, outdoor programming, and core courses in math, science, and language arts. Many students take advantage of summer courses to lighten their load during the busy traditional school year.

Our thriving boarding program, headquartered at the brand new Ketchum Campus, adds tremendously to the life of the entire school. The facility is a hub for the community, offering both day and boarding students places to gather, study, and to work out in a state-of-the-art training facility. Boarding students come to Community School from across the country and around the world.

The energy at Community School is palpable. From classrooms to tents pitched around high mountain lakes, students are engaged, curious, and excited about learning, doing, and leading.