Sun Valley Community School

1 Community School Drive
Sun Valley, ID 83353
Sun Valley Community School Photo #1 - Students from around the nation and world come to Sun Valley Community School in Sun Valley, Idaho, to fulfill their potential and pursue their passions.
Sun Valley Community School Photo #1 - Students from around the nation and world come to Sun Valley Community School in Sun Valley, Idaho, to fulfill their potential and pursue their passions.
Sun Valley Community School Photo #2 - Within the framework of a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, we encourage students to pursue their personal interests and passions with conviction.
Sun Valley Community School Photo #3 - Our location allows students to enjoy a wide range of mountain activities that span four seasons. Students participate in alpine, big mountain, cross-country, freeski, and backcountry skiing, hiking, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, figure skating, hockey, and more.
Sun Valley Community School Photo #4 - Outstanding academics, close teacher and student relationships, and a distinctive educational experience prepare our graduates to lead impactful, purposeful lives.
Sun Valley Community School Photo #5 - The Outdoor Leadership Academy develops authentic leadership skills applicable from the backcountry to the board room. Students earn outdoor certifications and master outdoor skills while fostering a love for wild places.
Sun Valley Community School Photo #6 - Alpine, big mountain, cross country, freeski, and mogul skiers, and snowboarders from around the world have joined the Sun Valley Ski Academy program. We provide an outstanding academic program that gives student-athletes a solid foundation for college with the flexibility to pursue intensive training and competition schedules.
Sun Valley Community School Photo #7 - Whether singing, acting, painting, drawing, or playing an instrument, our Creative Arts Academy allows students to realize their potential as artists and performers.
Sun Valley Community School Photo #8 - Our Upper School (grades 9-12) students participate in a variety of competitive athletics, including soccer, cross-country running, mountain biking, basketball, golf, tennis, track and field, and girls' volleyball.
Sun Valley Community School Photo #9 - Sun Valley Community School graduates attend some of the best colleges and universities in the nation. By the time students graduate, they know themselves both as students and as people.
Community School is an independent pre-K-12 boarding and day school located on three campuses totalling 40 acres in iconic Sun Valley, Idaho.
Community School combines an outstanding academic program with an extensive outdoor program, taking advantage of the five mountain ranges that make up our backyard.
Our highly personalized approach to college counseling ensures that students are accepted to the best colleges and universities; More importantly, graduates find the ideal fit for the next step of their journey.
Our Outdoor Leadership Academy, Creative Arts Academy, and Sun Valley Ski Academy provide the classroom support and flexibility for our students to be able to pursue their outdoor, winter sport, and artistic ambitions at the highest level.
Sun Valley is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and brimming with culture and the arts; Residents live for adventure and enjoy a balanced lifestyle in this small, supportive and exciting mountain town.
Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Sun Valley CommunityBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19731907
Campus Size40 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment435 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1280* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score26*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size15 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio8:17:1
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$1,050
(There are additional fees for summer term boarding.)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$8.23 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$13,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineFeb. 25 / Aug. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsAlessia Carega
Associate Director of AdmissionsChristy Giles

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1916
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • From our campus to the wilderness, we inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives. 
  • Upper School students spend 18 days per year on average in the field, all over the Western Region, with our renowned Outdoor Program.
  • LD types supported: Executive Function, Slow-Processing
  • Sun Valley Community School accreditations: TABS, NWAIS, NAIS
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