Community School has limited openings for the 2016-2017 school year. We begin accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year on September 15. Please contact Director of Admissions Katie Robins for more information about space availability and application details. To find out more about our Residential Program, please click here.

The deadline for applying to grades PreK-12 is February 24, 2017. Notification of admission decisions will be mailed in March 2017. After the first round of admissions, w e continue to accept applications on a rolling admission basis.

We encourage parents to meet with the Director of Admissions and the appropriate Division Head (Elementary School, Middle School, Upper School) to tour the campus, learn more about our curriculum and discuss your child’s educational needs. 

If you are interested in applying for admission to our Early Childhood Center (for children ages two through five), please click on the application to the right of this page or apply online .

An applicant and his or her parents or guardians should complete an application and return it with a $50 application fee. This is the school's fee for processing the application and is not refundable. International students are subject to a $100 application fee. You can download applications from the right side of this web page or apply online.

In addition to completing the Upper School application, applicants to the Sun Valley Ski Academy will need to get a recommendation letter from a coach and/or a personal reference of your choice. There is also a one-page SVSA supplement. To find out more about the Sun Valley Ski Academy, click here.

Classroom Visit
We ask applicants for grades one through twelve to spend a full day in class with our students. Classroom visits generally take place in November, December, January, and February and offer an excellent opportunity for prospective students and our faculty to get acquainted. 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 Director of Admissions on Skype.

SSAT (Applicants for grades Six through Twelve)
We require all Middle and Upper School applicants to take the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). In order to meet our February 25 application deadline, students must take the November, December, January, or February test. We administer the SSAT on the Community School campus on the Saturday mornings listed below. Students should arrive by 8:15 a.m. and will be done with the test by noon.

Applicants need to pre-register for the SSAT. The $124 is paid directly to SSAT when you register. SSAT charges an additional $40 fee for late registration, so please pay close attention to the registration deadline. We will include SSAT registration information in your Application Packet. You must register for the test online at Our Test Center Code at Community School is 2547; in order for us to receive your child's test results, you must enter this code in the appropriate place when you register.

Results of the ISEE may also be submitted. Applicants for the 11th and 12th grades may submit PSAT or SAT scores.

2016-2017 SSAT Testing Calendar 

October 15, 2016

November 12, 2016

December 10, 2016

January 7, 2017

February 11, 2017

March 4, 2017*

April 22, 2017*

June 10, 2017*

*The scores for these test dates will not be available by the February 24, 2017 Application Deadline

Skills Assessment
(Applicants for grades one through five)

On the day of an applicant’s visit to the Elementary School, the classroom teacher will assess the applicant’s skills in the areas of reading, writing, and math. The skills assessment evaluates an applicant’s mastery of basic grade level concepts. The assessment is brief and no preparation is necessary.

Kindergarten Admission Criteria
The Admission Committee will review Kindergarten applications and make decisions based upon a number of factors, including those outlined below. In addition to the following criteria, we make every attempt to balance our Kindergarten class by age and developmental readiness in order to ensure healthy social interaction and dynamic learning groups. Our top priority is to provide an early childhood education experience in which each of our students can feel successful.

Applicants will meet at least two of these three criteria to be admitted to Kindergarten:
1. Have reached five years of age by September 1 of the year of enrollment.
2. Have completed a parent-child interview with the Director of Admission and be considered by the Admission Committee to be a good match with The Community School’s unique mission and curriculum.
3. Be judged developmentally ready by the Admission Committee. Criteria for this judgment generally include a formal developmental assessment and recommendations from current and previous preschool teachers or care providers. Components of "developmental readiness" include social skills and the ability to interact positively with other children, length of attention span, small and large motor skills, visual and auditory readiness, and the level of maturity required for a more demanding and structured atmosphere than preschool.

Admission Summary
A completed application consists of the following materials:

1. Application Form and $50 Application Fee
2. Parent Statement
3. Teacher Evaluation (completed by applicant’s current preschool teacher)
4. Parent Interview
5. Developmental Assessment

Grades One through Five
1. Application Form and $50 Application Fee
2. Parent Statement
3. Teacher Evaluation (completed by current homeroom teacher)
4. School Records Request (submit to applicant’s current school)
5. Visit

Grades Six through Twelve
1. Application Form and $50 Application Fee
2. Parent Statement
3. Applicant Response
4. Writing Sample
5. Homeroom Teacher Evaluation (Sixth-grade applicants only, completed by current homeroom teacher)
6. English or Social StudiesTeacher Evaluation (Seventh-Twelfth grade applicants only, completed by current teacher)
7. Math or Science Teacher Evaluation (Seventh-Twelfth grade applicants only, completed by current teacher)
8. School Records Request (submit to applicant’s current school)