We are delighted to report that the remodel of the Ketchum Campus is complete. Community School debuted its new residential facility and campus hub for all students, ECC-12, at an open house on December 29, and students and residential staff were fully moved in by January 3. The new facility will transform the Community School experience for every student, teacher, and athlete alike and, with the support of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF), elevate programs for all age-appropriate SVSEF winter sports athletes, regardless of school affiliation.
Launched in 2011, Community School's thriving Residential Program averages approximately 22 enrolled students per year. Recognizing the importance of the Residential Program to the future of our school and community, Community School’s Board of Directors approved the purchase of the former Smith Sport Optics building in the fall of 2015 to provide for the program's long-term housing needs and to allow for an increase in enrollment capacity for up to 40 students. An expanded and enhanced Residential Program, enabled by the new facility, is crucial for several reasons:
• Strengthens the financial foundation of Community School, which allows us to sustain and augment academic and co-curricular programs, ECC-12.
• Expands students' horizons by bringing mission-aligned boarders with a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and passions to campus from around the world.
• Creates a healthy, safe, productive, and dynamic communal gathering place for Community School students and Wood River Valley adolescents.
• Enhances the Sun Valley Ski Academy (SVSA) and our partnership with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF), including a collaboratively-designed, state-of-the-art Athletes’ Training Center
• Impacts the economy and vitality of the Wood River Valley in a significant way
The Ketchum Campus will allow Community School to grow its national and international presence and, through direct recruitment, strengthens its three academies: the Sun Valley Ski Academy (SVSA), the Outdoor Leadership Academy (OLA), and the Creative Arts Academy (CAA). Each of the school's unique academies offers high school students the opportunity to pursue their passions for skiing, the outdoors, and the arts at the highest levels.
Fundraising for the Ketchum Campus and its repurposing is well underway. The overall fundraising goal is $8 million, comprised of two parts. In addition to a $4 million internal campaign led by the school, an innovative aspect of this project is the collaboration of the school and Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation in a $4 million joint campaign. Of the funds raised from the joint campaign, 75 percent will support the purchase and remodel of the new facility, and 25 percent will support financial aid and programmatic and infrastructure improvements at SVSEF. All funds raised from the internal campaign will go directly to support project costs.
In sum, the campaign goal and anticipated allocation of funds are as follows:
Internal CS Campaign $4 million
Joint CS/SVSEF Campaign $4 million
Total $8 million
Anticipated Allocation of Funds
Property Purchase & Related Costs $2.6 million
Building Remodel & Project Costs $4.4 million
SVSEF Programs $1 million
Total $8 million
Now, in order to successfully complete the project, we are turning to our Community School family and the Wood River Valley community.
We are committed to this project and the benefits it provides our community. We hope we can count on your support to realize our vision.
Cordy Snyder ‘84