Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in Community School.

Community School students are curious, engaged, and ready to explore—in the classroom, in the outdoors, on the stage, or wherever else their passions lead them. We seek students who are eager to learn, to connect with their community, and to grow into their best selves.

Application Process

Early Childhood Center (ECC)

Application Procedure

As part of the admissions process, Community School requires specific documents to assist in the selection of students. The school cannot make enrollment decisions until all documents have been received. Below is an admissions checklist.

We accept applications beginning September 15 for the following school year. Please be certain that all documents are completed and submitted to the Admissions Office by the application deadline.

Requirements

Applicants to the ECC must have reached two years of age by September 1 of the year of entrance. Children who have reached four years of age by September 1 of the year of entrance are encouraged to attend the five-days/week program (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

We require the following for a complete application:

An Application Form

Completing the application form is the first step in our admissions process. Please complete the Community School Application Form.

Please indicate on the ECC application which program (three-days, four-days, or five-days/week) you prefer. We strive to balance the class in terms of gender, the ages of the children, and teacher/student ratios; consequently, we are not able to accommodate all requests. Also, please indicate if you are interested in our after-school care program (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.).

A Parent Statement

We consider parents to be an integral part of a child's education. Your description of your child will help us understand him or her better. Please complete the Parent Statement and include it with your child's application .

A Teacher Feedback Form (optional)

If your child has been enrolled in a preschool program, please provide your child’s current teacher with the form and have him or her complete and submit it to the Admissions Office.

A Tour or Visit

Please contact the Director of Admissions (admissions@communityschool.org or 208.622.3960, ext. 117) to schedule a tour of our campus and a meeting with the Elementary School Head.

Kindergarten

Application Procedure

As part of the admissions process, Community School requires specific documents to assist in the selection of students. The school cannot make enrollment decisions until all documents have been received. Below is an admissions checklist.

We accept applications beginning September 15 for the following school year. Please be certain that all documents are completed and submitted to the Admissions Office by the application deadline.

Financial Aid

Parents interested in applying for financial aid should notify the Admissions Office at the time of application. Financial Aid awards are based on the need of the family and the availability of funds. Admissions decisions are made without regard to financial need. Financial Aid applicants must submit a separate Financial Aid Application, which will be sent to all Financial Aid applicants no later than December.

Requirements

Community School requires that a kindergarten applicant turns five by September 1 of the year of enrollment.

Application Form

Completing the application form is the first step in our admissions process. Please complete the Community School Application Form.

Applicant Photo (optional)

Please upload a photo of the applicant with the application form.

Parent Statement

We consider parents to be an integral part of a child's education. Your description of your child will help us understand him or her better. Please complete the Parent Statement and include it with your child's application .

Teacher Evaluation Form

Please provide your child's current preschool teacher or daycare provider with the Teacher Evaluation Form and have him or her submit it to the Admissions Office before the application deadline.

Tour and Visit

Please contact the Director of Admissions to schedule a tour of our campus and a meeting with Elementary School Head.

Kindergarten Visit

Kindergarten applicants are invited to visit the kindergarten classroom for a morning. Please call the Director of Admissions at 208.622.3960, ext.117 to learn more.

Grades One through Five

Application Procedure

As part of the admissions process, Community School requires specific documents to assist in the selection of students. The school cannot make enrollment decisions until all documents have been received. Below is an admissions checklist.

We accept applications beginning September 15 for the following school year. Please be certain that all documents are completed and submitted to the Admissions Office by the application deadline.

Financial Aid

Parents interested in applying for financial aid should notify the Admissions Office at the time of application. Financial Aid awards are based on the need of the family and the availability of funds. Admissions decisions are made without regard to financial need. Financial Aid applicants must submit a separate Financial Aid Application, which will be mailed to all Financial Aid applicants no later than December.

Application Form

Completing the application form is the first step in our admissions process. Please complete the Community School Application Form.

Applicant Photo (Optional)

Please upload a photo of the applicant with the application form.

Parent Statement

We consider parents to be an integral part of a child's education. Your description of your child will help us understand him or her better. Please complete the Parent Statement and include it with your child's application.

Teacher Evaluation: Homeroom Teacher

Please provide your child's current homeroom teacher with the Teacher Evaluation Form and have him or her submit the completed form to the Admissions Office by the application deadline.

School Records Request

Please provide the appropriate official at your child's current school with the School Records Request and have records submitted to Community School before the application deadline.

Visit

We ask applicants for grades one through twelve to spend a day in class with our students. Classroom visits offer an excellent opportunity for prospective students and our faculty to get acquainted. Please call the Director of Admissions at 208.622.3960, ext.117 to arrange a date.

Grades Six through Twelve

Application Procedure

As part of the admissions process, Community School requires specific documents to assist in the selection of students. The school cannot make enrollment decisions until all documents have been received. Below is an admissions checklist.

We accept applications beginning September 15 for the following school year. Please be certain that all documents are completed and submitted to the Admissions Office by the application deadline.

Financial Aid

Parents interested in applying for financial aid should notify the Admissions Office at the time of application. Financial Aid awards are based on the need of the family and the availability of funds. Admissions decisions are made without regard to financial need. Financial Aid applicants must submit a separate Financial Aid Application, which will be mailed to all Financial Aid applicants no later than December.

Application for Admission

Complete the Community School Application Form.

Applicant Photo (Optional)

Please upload a photo of the applicant with the application form.

Parent Statement

We consider parents to be an integral part of a child's education. Your description of your child will help us understand him or her better. Please complete the Parent Statement and include it with your child's application.

Applicant Response

Complete and submit form by application deadline.

Writing Sample

Complete and submit form by application deadline.

Teacher Evaluation: English or Social Studies

Provide your child's English or social studies teacher with an evaluation form and have him or her complete and submit by the application deadline.

Teacher Evaluation: Math or Science

Provide your child's math or science teacher with an evaluation form and have him or her complete and submit by the application deadline.

School Records Request

Please provide the appropriate official at your child's current school with the School Records Request and have records submitted to Community School before the application deadline.

Admission Testing

Community School requires that applicants to grades six through twelve take the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test).

Please pre-register for the test at SSAT.org. The SSAT code for Community School is 2547.

In order to meet our application deadline, students must take the November, December, January, or February test.

We offer SSAT testing on our campus on the following dates:

  • October 14, 2017
  • November 11, 2017
  • December 9, 2017
  • January 6, 2018
  • February 3, 2018
  • March 3, 2018
  • April 21, 2018
  • June 9, 2018

If you're unable to test on the dates above, please contact the Admissions Office, and we can work together to accommodate your schedule.

Community School also accepts ISEE, ERB, and/or PSAT/SAT test results.

Visit

All Middle and Upper School applicants are required to visit Community School for one full day. On the day of the visit, applicants for grades six through twelve will be interviewed by the Director of Admissions and/or the appropriate Division Head. These informal interviews give us a personal introduction to each student as we provide the student with information about the school.

International and Residential applicants who cannot make it to Community School for a visit will be interviewed by the Admissions Office on Skype.

Please call the Director of Admissions at 208.622.3960, ext. 117 to arrange a date.

Sun Valley Ski Academy

In addition to completing the Upper School application, Sun Valley Ski Academy (SVSA) boarding applicants will need to complete a Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation/Sun Valley Ski Academy application.

Please contact Program Director Jonna Mendes with any questions about the SVSA application process: jmendes@sunvalleyskiacademy.org or 208.720.0512.

2017-18 Key Admissions Dates

Tours and Campus Visits

We encourage all families to visit Community School for a campus tour, classroom visits, and conversations with our faculty. Tours for prospective families are available year-round. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your visit: 208.622.3960, ext. 117 or admissions@communityschool.org.

Applications Accepted

We begin receiving applications September 1, 2017 and we accept applications on a rolling admission basis thereafter.

Admissions Testing

Community School requires that applicants to grades six through twelve take the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). Community School also accepts ISEE, ERB, and/or PSAT/SAT test results.

Please pre-register for the test at SSAT.org.

The SSAT code for Community School is 2547.

In order to meet our application deadline, students must take the November, December, January, or February test.

SSAT testing is available on the following dates:


If you're unable to test on the dates above, please contact the Admissions Office, and we can work together to accommodate your schedule.

Tuition Assistance

Parents interested in learning more about making a Community School education affordable, should inquire about our Tuition Assistance Program.

Tuition Assistance awards are based on the demonstrated need of the family and the availability of funds. Admission decisions are made without regard to financial need. Tuition Assistance applicants must submit a separate Tuition Assistance application on an annual basis. Applicants who wish to apply for tuition assistance must complete the Parent Financial Statement for SSS by January 26, 2018.

In addition, the completed Community School Financial Aid application must be submitted to our Business Office by March 9, 2018.

Financial aid award notifications are mailed in mid-March.

Learn more about tuition assistance here.

Application Deadline

Our application deadline in February 23, 2018. Following the application deadline, applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

Admissions Notification

Admissions notifications will be mailed in late March.

READY TO APPLY?

We are here to help you throughout each step of the application process. Please contact the Admissions Office at any point if you have questions or need more information about any aspect of this process: 208.622.3960, ext. 117, or via email.

Learn about Our Application Process

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR IS FEBRUARY 23, 2018.

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The Value of the Visit

Many families tell us that their visit to Community School was a turning point in the admissions process.

We would love for you to spend time on our campus, meet our students and faculty, tour our facilities, and feel the energy and engagement that make Community School such an incredible place to learn.

Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your visit: 208.622.3960, ext. 117, or via email.