FAQs

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

2. Where is the school located? Describe the facilities.

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 will the new school status affect 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? Describe the facilities


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 facility currently includes teaching classrooms, two science labs, two common areas, faculty offices, and wireless capabilities throughout the building. 


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

JHCS has 86 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 the 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 creative writing, photography, and interactive Web media (See the JHCS Curriculum Guide). In addition to their core academics, all students participate in community service learning, 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 the faculty/student advisory, tutoring, and college counseling programs. 


5. What makes JHCS distinct?

o Small class sizes (average is 12 students)
o Individualized attention
o Faculty advisory groups
o School-wide "town hall" meetings
o Student/Faculty Honor Council
o Educational trips in small groups

 


6. What extra-curricular activities are offered?

 

Each student must participate in one (1) extracurricular activity and one (1) sport or the equivalent per school year. JHCS offers one or more athletic equivalents per season, ranging from rock climbing to lacrosse. 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 provides advisors to a variety of clubs, which are run and managed by students. 


7. What type of schedule is used?

 

Students at JHCS take six academic classes per year. JHCS uses two different daily schedules throughout the week. 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 80 minutes each. In addition, on these two days all students have a meetings block in which they can receive one-on-one extra help or be part of a club. The entire community participates in weekly Town Hall and Advisory meetings.


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. JHCS has graduated eight classes, and our students have been accepted to an impressive array of schools. To see where our students have been accepted, please click on the college acceptance link.


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

 

The tuition for JHCS is $18,850. The cost to the school to educate each student is $21,000, therefore each student receives a stipend of approximately $2,000. Building a diverse student body is central to the JHCS mission and philosophy. Financial grants are available, based on need. Historically, over 45% of the JHCS student body has received financial grants. To learn more about financial grants, please visit the admissions page of our website.   

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

Despite the fact that JHCS does not require teachers to be certified, a number of our teachers do have certification. In addition, over half of our faculty and staff (76%) have advanced degrees in their subject area(s).



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