Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Jackson Hole Community School seeks to educate a socio-economically diverse student body. Our admissions process is need-blind, and we are committed to ensuring that every student who is accepted for admission is able to attend, regardless of financial circumstances. Historically, approximately 40% of JHCS students have received tuition assistance and/or scholarships.
Independent school education is a choice for families. Both JHCS and individual families make significant financial sacrifices to support this choice. To afford tuition, most families adjust their spending priorities, maximize both parents' earnings, and carefully manage assets. Even then, some families still need financial assistance. If, after reviewing your family finances, you believe you are not able to afford the tuition, you should consider applying for financial aid.
The Community School uses an online financial aid application process called “FAST” (Financial Aid for School Tuition) in order to allocate funds in as fair a manner as possible. Families interested in being considered for financial aid must go to the following website and complete the FAST application: FAST WEBSITE
The entire process should take between 45 minutes and an hour and requires a $45 application fee from the family. (This fee may be waived in certain circumstances.)
Financial grant applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted to FAST by or before January 31, 2020.
The Community School awards need-blind merit scholarships to deserving incoming students. All incoming students have an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in three academic areas - math, writing, and/or Spanish. A one-time scholarship will be awarded to the top performing student in each area. For students entering The Community School in the fall of 2020, these opportunities will be offered at The School on March 2nd (writing) and 3rd (math and Spanish), 2020.
The Jackson Hole Community School has six named scholarships, described below. These scholarships are awarded to returning students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, based on need and merit.
Willie Neal Scholarship: This scholarship, which commemorates the memory of William (Willie) Brannon Neal (’08), is granted to a student who embodies his impressive spirit. Willie believed everyone can make a difference in the world, and that people should lead thoughtful, intentional lives helping to make the world a better place. Willie was passionate about family, life, skiing, politics, and the planet.
Profe Scholarship: This scholarship honors Founding Head of School Scott Hirschfield. Before founding JHCS and while serving as Head for the school’s first decade, Scott taught high school Spanish. Honoring Scott’s tireless efforts to help JHCS thrive, his passion for Spanish and his dedication to creating a diverse school community, this scholarship is granted to a student who demonstrates consistent academic effort.
Craighead Scholarship: The Craighead Scholarship honors the incredible generosity that Sophie and Derek Craighead have shown to the Community School. This scholarship is granted to a student who embodies characteristics of Scotty Craighead (‘08) and Sage Craighead (‘09), both JHCS graduates and unique, creative thinkers who are compassionate and energetic supporters of the Community School.
Chris Hodges Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship honors the memory of Chris Hodges, the beloved son of longtime Director of Operations and Business Manager Karen Hodges. It is granted to a student who participates avidly in athletics and is community minded.
John A. O'Hara Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship honors the life of John A. O'Hara, who was the paternal grandfather of Seamas X. O’Hara, Class of 2021. The scholarship promotes diversity in the student body. John A. O’Hara biography:
Sawyer Gordon Scholarship: This scholarship honors the legacy of Sawyer Gordon ('13). Sawyer pursued outdoor activities with great passion, and was dedicated to preserving the natural environment for future generations. This need-based scholarship fully funds The Community School's flagship experiential learning programs, Fall Trips and Minimester, for one student each year. The application period for this scholarship opens at the start of each school year, and successful applicants demonstrate the importance of wild places and preserving the natural world, in keeping with Sawyer's interests and values.