Jackson Hole Community School prepares students to succeed in college and life, through challenging academics and excellence in teaching, in a community founded on personal relationships, student initiative, and integrity.
Jackson Hole Community School delivers an exceptional educational experience that prepares students to be independent thinkers who demonstrate personal integrity and moral purpose. Our commitment to service and our curricular focus on the global human experience encourage every student to be a responsible and contributing member of society. We respect each community member as a unique individual, honor ideas and opinions that are different from our own, and value strong interpersonal relationships. Through outstanding teaching and experiential programming, we stimulate individual investment in learning, critical thinking, and a spirit of inquiry in our students. We believe quality education requires a collaborative effort from the school, the home, and the community.
Jackson Hole Community School is dually accreditated by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), as well as AdvancEd.
Planning for the Jackson Hole Community School (JHCS) began in the fall of 1999 when founders, Kathleen Crowley and Scott Hirschfield, met to discuss possibilities for a new high school in Jackson, Wyoming. Over the next few years, they created the mission, philosophy and curriculum, and worked tirelessly to build the support and funding needed to launch an independent high school.
The Community School launched in the fall of 2004 with 18 students in the ninth and tenth grades. The eleventh grade was added for the 2005-2006 school year and enrollment increased to 29 students. The first senior class graduated in 2007.
Over the past twelve years, enrollment has continued to tick upward as students and families learn of the top-quality education JHCS delivers. Students continue to revel in the school's community atmosphere, learning skills that help them become leaders in society all while participating in a college-prep curriculum focused on instilling a passion for lifelong learning.