Jackson Hole Community School

FAQs

1. What is the Jackson Hole Community School's mission? 

2. Where is the school located? What are the facilities like?

3. How many students attend JHCS? What grades are offered?

4. Describe the JHCS curriculum.‚Äč

5. What makes JHCS different?


6. What extra-curricular activities are offered?

7. What type of schedule is used?

8. How is the school accredited?


9. How have JHCS students fared in college admissions?

10. What is the tuition? Are financial grants available?

11. Do all JHCS faculty members have a teaching certificate?

 

 

 

 

 

 


1. What is the mission of the Jackson Hole Community School?


The 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.


2. Where is the school located? What are the facilities like?


JHCS occupies the southwest corner of the Flat Creek Business Center, located at 1715 High School Road. We are located across from Jackson Hole High School (JHHS) adjacent to the public playing fields that are east of Colter Elementary School. The facilities currently include teaching classrooms, two science labs, a common area, a student lounge, faculty offices, and wireless capabilities throughout our two buildings. 


3. How many students attend JHCS? What grades are offered?

This year JHCS has 84 students in grades 9–12. 


4. Describe the JHCS curriculum.

 

JHCS offers a rigorous academic curriculum and provides support to students to ensure their success. Students take courses in core subject areas: English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Foreign Language, and the Arts. As an independent school, JHCS is able to utilize talented community members and thereby offer a rich menu of electives, such as architecture, creative writing, and photography (See the JHCS Curriculum Guide). In addition to their core academics, all students participate in community service learning projects, and senior students undertake a project in an area of interest during their last semester at JHCS. Attention to and support for individual students is achieved through small class sizes, along with faculty/student advisory groups, tutoring, and a college counseling program. 


5. What makes JHCS distinct?

o Small class sizes (averaging 11 students)
o Individualized attention
o Faculty advisory groups
o School-wide "town hall" meetings
o Student/Faculty Honor Council
o Small group educational trips 

 


6. What extra-curricular activities are offered?

 

Each student must participate in one (1) extracurricular activity and one (1) athletic activity per school year. JHCS offers one athletic equivalent per season. Students can also meet the requirement through participation in activities and athletics at JHHS or through volunteering, theater, or an internship or job. Individualized athletic programs, such as dance, figure skating, or skiing, may fulfill part of the yearly requirement. JHCS also offers a variety of clubs, which are created and managed by students, and provides time during the school day for clubs to meet.


7. What type of schedule is used?

 

Students at JHCS take six academic classes per year. The daily schedule provides a modified block system. Three days each week, the day is split into six 50-minute periods with a 40-minute lunch and a 50-minute study hall. On the remaining two days, students have three (or four) academic classes that meet for 75 minutes each. In addition, on these two days all students have a meetings block during which they can receive one-on-one extra help or be a part of a club. Once a week, the entire community participates in Town Hall and Advisory meetings, and helps with school clean up.


8. How is the school accredited?

 

JHCS is fully accredited by AdvancEd, a national accreditation organization, and the Northwest Association of Independent Schools.


9. How have JHCS students fared in college admissions?

 

JHCS offers a challenging, comprehensive curriculum and as a result its students are well prepared for college. Our Director of College Counseling and faculty members are pro-active with college admissions offices on behalf of our students. Nine classes have graduated from JHCS, and all of our graduating seniors have been accepted to an impressive array of schools. See where our students have been accepted at this college acceptance link.


10. What is the tuition? Are scholarships and financial aid available?

 

This year the tuition for JHCS is $19,980. By design, tuition does not cover all expenses. JHCS covers the gap between tuition revenue and expenses. Building a diverse student body is central to the JHCS mission and philosophy. Financial grants are available, based on need. This year over 44% of the JHCS student body will receive financial aid. To learn more about financial aid, please visit the admissions page of our website.   

11. Do all JHCS faculty members have teaching certificates?

At JHCS, we believe that expertise in one's subject area and a passion for, and understanding of, educating young adults lead to excellent teaching. While many of our teachers are certified, we do not allow a lack of certification to be an obstacle for a talented teacher. That said, three-quarters of our faculty and staff (76%) have advanced degrees in their subject area(s).



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