The aim of Community School’s Residential Program is to provide the opportunity for talented and creative students from across the country and the globe to experience life in the Wood River Valley and attend Community School.
Launched in 2011, our thriving Residential Program averages approximately 22 enrolled students per year. In January, 2017 we opened the doors to the Ketchum Campus, our new 25,085 sq. foot residential facility and campus hub for all students. 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, who aspire to the highest levels. To learn more about our new facility, click here.
Our Residential Program was created to support the academic and athletic success of residential students. We prioritize trust, respect, honesty, responsibility, teamwork and healthy living.
Our program capitalizes on the close relationships between students and teachers that Community School students and families have always valued; the Directors of Residential Life, teachers, and Teacher Training Academy interns live in the Residence Hall, giving it more of a “family” vibe than that of a dormitory.
"Living in the dorms opened up a whole new world to me. It made me adapt to a new lifestyle with a brand new dorm family. My dorm family meant a lot to me. Without them and the bond we shared, this dorm wouldn’t have been as special and home-like as it was for me.”
- Josh, Class of 2015, Philippines
Residential Advisors (RAs) provide adult supervision in the dorm, oversee meals and study halls, help organize weekend and evening activities, and help students navigate the academic, athletic, and social challenges that arise in high school. Our boarding students are fully integrated into the life of the school, and participate on teams, in clubs, and in theater performances. We make every effort to create an inclusive and lively community. The residential staff also offers weekend activities for boarding and other students. These activities provide students the opportunity to explore the area, see some of the beautiful natural surroundings and places of interest, or visit museums. Trips to Boise, shopping excursions, workshops or classes, theater performances, concerts and lectures are also scheduled throughout the year.
“The Residence Hall is a place where you can be yourself and you have a chance to grow as an individual.”
– David H., RA
Together with the Residential Advisors, students assume responsibility for the building through regular chores. This responsibility cultivates leadership and teamwork, and students emerge from the program as responsible, respectful, independent adults who understand how to live and thrive in a close community.
Residential students are supported by the residential staff, faculty, and the entire school community. All students are assigned an academic advisor, with whom they check in daily. The advisor is a great source of support and helps the student manage his or her academic schedule, and communicates any academic issues or successes with the student’s family and the residential staff. Students are also assigned Eddie Groups (dorm advisories) that serve as a great venue for academic and social support. "Being a part of the Residential Program at Community School has been one of the most impactful experiences in my life thus far. I am positive that the memories, friendships, and life skills that I acquired while living in the dorm will last me a lifetime. Being surrounded by such fun and positive energy helps inspire me to be my best self, and I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend the last two years of my high school career.
- Ruby, Class of 2016, Utah."
All students live with roommates, which provides an important opportunity for personal growth and friendship.
Students often find that living with a roommate is one of their favorite and most important parts of their residential experience. Day students visit the dorm regularly for both special events (dinners, contests, parties, etc.) and on an informal basis.
For many students, living in the residence hall with students from all over the world is one of the most valuable parts of their life at Community School. Cooking and sharing a meal with their peers, playing an endless weekend game of ping-pong, and staying up late studying for a math exam can serve as the building blocks for lifelong learning, adventure, and friendships.
“This last year, the Community School dorm has been my home and family. It is an adjustment to move away from home and live on your own, having to take care of your laundry, and not have your parents live with you but this is nothing compared to all the benefits you get from moving and living with the dorm family. I know that I have made lifetime friends and dorm siblings. Everyone is welcome at the dorms and we all take care of each other, just like any other family would!" -Kristin, 1-year exchange student, Norway
“As a Residential Advisor, it is great coming to a smiling family. There is never a dull moment in the dorms!”
Kristen M, RA