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Summer Program

Build, explore, learn, and play in sun valley this summer.

Community School’s Summer Program offers opportunities for kids of all ages to play, learn, and explore on our Trail Creek and Dumke Family Sagewillow campuses in Sun Valley, Idaho and in the surrounding area.

Summer at Community School

Summer 2017 Dates

Classes for academic credit are offered from June 19 through July 7, 2017; enrichment, non-academic, and certification courses are offered from June 12 through August 18, depending on demand.

Build

Makers' Lab Experience

Come explore the possibilities in the our state-of-the-art Swift Family Makers' Lab! Unleash your imagination and choose from an assortment of craft materials, ordinary objects, and electronic components to build amazing projects that can move, light up, and interact with the environment. Design and build creations using classical technologies like the crank and pulley, and new ones like the Makey Makey. Make something different every day, or continue to work on a project in greater depth. A piano made of bananas that you can actually play? A moving sculpture triggered by sound? Electric bling? A drawing that lights up? When you combine art and science, these are just a few of the possibilities! (Open to rising sixth through ninth graders; maximum camp size of 12.)

Explore

Wildlife Ecology and Wilderness Navigation in the Tetons

This course will explore important ecological concepts while using wilderness navigation skills in and around Grand Teton National Park. We will focus on Whitebark Pine and Clark's Nutcracker interactions in alpine regions while designing and navigating a backpacking route through the area. These species have become a particular focus of wildlife biologists studying climate change, and it's effects on ecosystems. We may also have the opportunity to gather and explore data about wolverines in the high alpine country. Learn about more outdoor offerings here.

Learn

Study Skills for Middle School and the Transition to High School

This course is designed to enhance study skills for students as they move through Middle School and transition to high school. Study skills covered include: time management, reading comprehension, annotation of texts, grammar, note-taking, notebook organization, and public speaking. This is a great opportunity for students to hit the first school year term this fall with the skills required for academic success.

Play

5B Middle school volleyball camp

This camp is open to any incoming sixth through eighth grade girls who are looking for an opportunity to experience the fun of volleyball and learn new skills. First time players are welcome as well. Campers will receive skill instruction in passing, setting, hitting, serving, blocking, and defense under the direction of Community School Head Middle School Coach Cara Frost. Players will be grouped according to age and skill level with the goal of meeting the needs of each individual player. Each camper will be taught the fundamental skills in a safe and fun environment. This is a challenging camp that is great for beginners or players who are looking to get ready for the upcoming middle school volleyball season!

summer at community school

As a winter athlete, the availability of a summer term is really helpful. Having the opportunity to dedicate three weeks in the summer to complete a class really aids you and guides you to a successful winter term.Alex '18
Summer school is key. Completing classes in three weeks is really helpful.Cailin '19