Community School (Sun Valley, Idaho)

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Community School
Community School Drive
Sun Valley, Idaho
Type Private
Motto From Here... Anywhere
Established 1973
Principal David Holmes
Faculty 37
Grades prek-twelve
Number of students 375
Color(s) Navy & White
Athletics IHSAA Class 1A Div. I
Athletics conference North Side
Mascot The cutthroat trout
Information (208) 622-3955
Elevation 5,880 ft (1,790 m) AMSL
CommunitySchool is located in USA West
Location of The Community School
in the western United States

Community School is a private school in the western United States, located in Sun Valley, Idaho. It was established in 1973 as a secondary school and moved to its present location in 1975. The school now provides pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade programs and its campus is located just south of the Sun Valley Resort alongside Trail Creek, at the northwest base of Dollar Mountain.[1]

The school's website states: "Nestled among five mountain ranges in the heart of the Wood River Valley, Community School is a small, independent pre-k through twelfth grade college preparatory school committed to engendering a sense of community within an intellectually challenging and supportive atmosphere." [2]


Community School athletic teams compete in IHSAA Class 1A Division I in the North Side Conference. The school colors are navy blue and white and its mascot is a cutthroat trout. The school fields teams in soccer, cross-country, basketball, golf, tennis, and volleyball (girls). The tennis and soccer teams compete in class 3A; the Cutthroats have won eight state championships in tennis through 2012.

Students wishing to participate in sports not provided, (football, baseball, swimming)[3] may compete at the public high school, Wood River in Hailey, a Class 4A school in the Great Basin (West) Conference.

State titles[edit]


  • Tennis (3): (3A) 2009, 2010, 2012 [4]


  • Tennis (5): (3A) 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 [4](combined team until 2008)

Sun Valley Ski Academy[edit]

The Sun Valley Ski Academy was introduced in 2011 to provide competitive skiers and snowboarders with world-class training and coaching from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation combined with an excellent college preparatory education at The Community School.[5] Former World Cup racer Jonna Mendes is the recruiting director[6] and renowned mountaineer Ed Viesturs, a local resident, is an advisor.[7] For its second academic year of 2012–13, the program's enrollment was 56, with the majority in alpine racing, but also included athletes in cross-country, freestyle, and snowboard.[8]


  1. ^ "History". The Community School. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
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  3. ^ "Athletics". The Community School. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Tennis champions". 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mendes Joins Sun Valley Ski Academy Staff". Ski October 11, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jonna Mendes named Ski Academy recruiting director". Idaho Mountain Express. October 14, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ O'Neil, Devon (October 26, 2011). "Sun Valley launches ski academy". ESPN. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sun Valley Ski Academy is off to early season successes". Idaho Mountain Express. February 1, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 43°41′21″N 114°21′12″W / 43.68917°N 114.35333°W / 43.68917; -114.35333