We are a school characterized by:
Our mission is to engage
students of diverse talents in an intellectually challenging and supportive
school culture. We endeavor to foster in our students self-confidence,
integrity, responsibility to their community and environment, and a life-long
passion for learning.
• A strong academic college-preparatory program and a developmentally appropriate curriculum from preschool through twelfth grade.
• The expectation that all students will take advantage of opportunities to contribute to, and benefit from, an integrated program that includes Outdoor Education, Community Service, Fine and Performing Arts, and Athletics.
• A committed faculty and staff who develop close, caring relationships with students.
• An educational environment that embraces a variety of learning and teaching styles and respects individual differences.
• A school culture in which it is safe to take intellectual risks and which encourages independent thinking,creativity, ethical decision-making, and respect for others.
• An active school community comprised of students, their parents, faculty, staff, alumni and directors, all of whom are valued contributors to enriching and enhancing the life of the school.
Intern Education: A Holistic Approach
The internship program allows for an intensive, but rewarding, learning experience for the interns. Life in independent schools, where the “best people are asked to do the most,” is a fantastic setting to hone your teaching or administrative craft. Our holistic model for the internship program benefits interns in that they will experience education in a multitude of environments. Interns will be immersed in the lives of their students and the school. The relationships formed through that immersion are a hallmark of our educational philosophy at Community School, and they help create the unique learning environment that propels our students to great success in all of their endeavors.
Who Should Apply
The Community School internship program is for energetic, charismatic, and multi-talented individuals interested in working in the field of independent school education. Applicants also need to have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree program. We are seeking interns who are enthusiastic, hungry to learn, and able to collaborate in a variety of settings with a variety of constituents.
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There are several types of internship positions available. For Teaching Interns, there are positions available at each of the divisional levels: Elementary (ECC – Grade 5), Middle (Grades 6 – 8), and Upper School (Grades 9 – 12). There are also internships available as the Sun Valley Ski Academy Learning Specialist and as part of the Outdoor Leadership Academy respectively.
Each intern in the above listed positions will:
• Be assigned a mentor (or team).
• Assist or lead a homeroom or advisory group.
• Serve as an extracurricular coach, theater director, or after-school program teacher in a discipline that fits the intern’s skill-set at least one season per year.
• Participate in (or lead) aspects of the Outdoor Program.
• Serve as a Residential Advisor (RA).
• Attend monthly seminars on relevant topics taught by mentor and guest teachers from the College of Idaho.
• Have weekly meetings with their mentor teacher and monthly meetings with their internship cohort and the Teacher Training Academy staff.
There is also an Administrative Internship
position available, which is designed to expose the intern to development, marketing, communications, and admissions programs in the independent school world. While this internship is not a teaching internship, it does include work as an RA, weekly and monthly mentor meetings, and TTA cohort meetings.
Internship Timeline December 2012 –
• Open to applications, with all initial paperwork submitted by March 1
March 2013 –
• March 1 – application deadline
• Application review and follow-up contact by CS TTA administration
• Phone interviews with selected candidates scheduled
• Skype interviews with CS selected semi-finalist candidates
• CS internship offers extended to selected finalists
May 2013 –
• Selected finalists encouraged to visit campus (at intern’s expense).
August 2013 –
• Monday, August 12 - Teacher Training Academy Orientation, including residential, internship, business office, outdoor program, and academic program orientations
• Tuesday, August 20 - All-school back to school faculty meetings
• Monday, August 26 - First day of school
June 2014 –
• Sunday, June 1 - Community School Graduation
• Wednesday, June 4 - Community School Teacher Training Academy Internship concludes