Upper School Summer Programs

Seize the Summer

From the classroom to the wilderness, Community School’s Summer Program offers Upper School students opportunities for academic credit, outdoor adventure, and professional certifications.

Camps and Courses

For-Credit Courses


English 9
This for-credit course covers the winter term curriculum of English 9 Foundations in Literature at the Community School. Get excited to be exposed to new cultures and ideas in a variety of genres: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, short stories and drama. Plan on spending a few hours of homework daily in order to read the texts and write and revise papers. Students will receive helpful feedback on their emerging reading, writing and speaking skills.

  • Credit: Winter term credit
  • Open to students entering grade 9
  • Teacher: Fiona Harris-Ramsby, B.A., M.A. California State, PhD, Univ. of Utah
  • June 19-July 7 (plus a final assignment due by July 10th)
  • Monday-Friday, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

English 10

In this course, we will critically think, read, write and discuss as Literary Critics, applying different modes of Literary Theory to our thinking, reading, writing and discussion. Specifically, we will critique Shakespeare's Hamlet, as well as parts of Milton's Paradise Lost, followed by opportunities for both expository and creative writing. Students will have the chance to improve your critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Open to students entering the 10th grade.

  • Credit: Winter term credit
  • Teacher: Elliot Jacobs, B.A., Bowdoin College, M.A., M.Ed., University of Montana
  • June 19-July 7 (plus a final assignment due by July 10th)
  • Monday-Friday, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

English 11/12: Multicultural Literature

In this course, we will explore multicultural literature through the lens of myth and magical realism. We will read writers from a variety of cultures and traditions, specifically those who have been overlooked within the literary canon, marginalized or oppressed. Novels, short stories and poems will include the work of Argentine, Native American, Colombian, and African-American authors, all of whom explore not only the questions of diversity and multiculturalism, but also humanity, structure, reality and truth. Open to students entering the 11th or 12th grades.

  • Credit: One term credit
  • Teacher: Kate Ristow, B.A. Emerson College, M.F.A. University of Montana
  • June 19-July 7 (plus a final assignment due by July 10th)
  • Monday-Friday, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

English 11/12: American Literature - The Immigrant Experience in Literature
Students will read two books and several selections of short fiction and poetry by writers from all over the world who immigrated to the U.S., became citizens, and have recorded their history, culture and paths of adjustment as newcomers to America. We will consider many aspects of the authors' experiences, including prejudice, conflicting cultural values, ties to one's homeland and family, and the process of specificity and detail in writing. Before the first class, students must read a collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Interpreter of Maladies. Students will be tested on the book the first day of class. In addition, students will choose and create presentations on books such as Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, 'Tis by Frank McCourt, Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Gary Shteyngart's Little Failure, Lahiri's The Namesake, Christina Garcia's Dreaming in Cuban, or Adam Verghese's My Own Country, among other possible works. Open to students entering the 11th or 12th grades.

  • Credit: One term credit
  • Teacher: JoEllen Collins, B.A., M.A. UCLA
  • June 19-July 7 (plus a final assignment due by July 10th)
  • Monday - Friday, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

English 11/12: American Literature - Hemingway

In this elective, we will read Ernest Hemingway's short stories and his first collection of stories In Our Time (1925), and his novels: A Farewell to Arms (1929) and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). As the course progresses, students will be able to articulate the Hemingway code that he developed through his characters. Students will create a project on the influence of Hemingway's life in Sun Valley upon understanding his works. Open to students entering grades 11 or 12.

  • Credit: One term credit
  • Teacher: Phil Huss, B.A. Amherst College, M.A. Boston College
  • June 19-July 7 (plus a final assignment due by July 10th)
  • Monday - Friday, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

Research Methodologies and Thesis
This course allows students to complete their Junior Thesis and counts as a term credit. It's a great way to relieve the heavy research required during the junior year. This course requires independent research and the ability to meet deadlines throughout the researching and writing processes. Students will engage in ‘true’ thesis research, meaning they will read a series of texts, organize their research, compose their own thesis statement and write a corresponding ten page paper, properly formatted. An oral defense of the thesis before a faculty panel is required after the paper has been successfully completed. The work is largely independent, but students will be guided from initial brainstorming through the final completion of this graduation requirement.
Open to students entering the 11th grade. Maximum class size of 10.

  • Credit: One term credit
  • Teacher: Gary Brendel, B.A. Union College, M.A. Ed.D. University of Denver
  • Monday-Friday, June 19-July 7 time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

Writing Across the Curriculum
This course will prepare students in all academic writing endeavors. Students will write a variety of works covering all the academic disciplines, and building a strong foundation in sentence and paragraph structures, and rhetorical modes. The course will guide students in creating a writing portfolio for their high school years. Students will create writing samples in Description, Narration, Textual Analysis, Historical Analysis, Art Analysis, Persuasive Argumentation, and Speech Writing. This course is a graduation requirement for all students graduating in 2020 and beyond, but is open to any Upper School student.

  • Credit: One term credit
  • Teacher: TBA, Upper School English Department Staff
  • Monday-Friday, June 19-July 7 time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,05


History 9: World History (winter term credit)
This course covers the winter term curriculum of History 9: World History at the Community School. Moving from the rise of universal religions and common cultures through the development of empires in Asia and the emergence of European nations, the study follows changes in the world through trade, war and expansion. Concluding with the crusades and the clash of the Christian and Islamic worlds, we come to Europe on the brink of the Renaissance. Open to students entering the 9th grade.
Teacher: Connor Wade, B.A. Boston College
June 19-July 7 (plus a final assignment due by July 10th)
Monday-Friday, time TBA
Tuition: $1,050

History 10 (winter term credit)
This course covers the winter term curriculum of History 10: Modern World History at the Community School. The focus of the course is on understanding cultural forces, national movements and concepts that influence government, philosophy, religion, commerce, science and art. The overall goal is to provide students with an understanding of the movements that have shaped societies. The time period is 1800 to 1920. Open to students entering the 10th grade.
Drennan Wesley, B.A. University of Michigan, M.A.T Pacific University
June 19-July 7 (plus a final assignment due by July 10th),
Monday-Friday, time TBA
Tuition: $1,050


History 11: American History (winter term credit)
This course covers the winter term curriculum of History 11: American History at the Community School. Moving from the War of 1812 and the Jackson presidency through the Civil War and Reconstruction, this course will cover a wide range of topics. Writing and analytical skills are a focus in the course. The Civil War will hold the most prominent position during the summer term. Open to students entering the 11th grade
Gary Brendel, B.A. Union College, M.A. Ed.D. University of Denver
June 19-July 7 (plus a final assignment due by July 10th),
Monday-Friday, time TBA
Tuition: $1,050

History 12: Scandal, Murder, and Revolution: The Fall of the Russian Empire (one term History 12 credit)
History has witnessed the rise and fall of many empires, but none like the Tsarist Russian Empire in 1917. History is determined by the the intersection of events and individuals, and this was particularly true in Russia between 1800 and 1917. The charismatic and controversial individuals who make this historical period so intriguing combine sex, murder, and revolution to weave a tale not only true, but so historically relevant that it leads to eventual rise and fall of the Soviet Union. This course will examine and analyze the fascinating events and individuals in Russia from 1800 to 1917: from the time of Napoleon's arrival in Russia to Lenin and the Russian Revolution, the assassination of the royal Romanov family, and the fall of the Empire in the midst of WWI.
Teacher: Lisa Tanous, B.A. Brown University, MBA Northwestern University
Dates: June 19-July 7, time TBA
Tuition: $1,050


Chemistry (10th grade, fall term credit)

We will study the physical and chemical properties of matter, chemical reactions, changes in matter and energy, elements of the periodic table, the structure, bonding and reactivity of compounds, and chemical issues and problems in everyday life. Hands-on laboratory activities are provided to strengthen understanding of the concepts of chemistry. Students who take the fall term of chemistry in the summer may use that credit in the fall of the regular school year and then complete the course by taking the winter and spring terms during the regular school year. Completion of the chemistry course is required for graduation.

  • Teacher: Scott Runkel, B.S. Cornell University
  • Monday-Friday, June 19-July 7, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

Wave Physics (11/12th science credit or 11th grade, winter term Physics credit)

Wave Physics involves the study of waves, the phenomena of resonance, sound propagation, and the physics that underlies the production of sound in the various musical instruments. Students will use and become familiar with the operation of microphones, amplifiers, speakers, signal generators, oscilloscopes, and concepts of signal processing. Students will make a musical instrument, demonstrate its use, and determine the wave forms it produces. Successful completion of the course will satisfy one term of the junior or senior year science requirement.

  • Teacher: Paul Hartl, BA, BS, MS, PhD
  • Monday-Friday, June 19-July 7, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

Wildlife Ecology/Wilderness Navigation - In the Tetons, July 23-29 (11/12th grade science credit)

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. For further details about the course click here.

  • Teacher: Hannes Thum, BS, Dartmouth College
  • Teacher: Travis Vandenburgh, BS and MS Montana State University
  • Sunday-Saturday: July 23-29
  • Tuition: $1,050, plus Trip Expenses (transportation, food, campground fees): $250


Algebra 1 (9th grade, fall term credit)

Students who take the fall term of Algebra 1 in the summer may use that credit in the fall of the regular school year and then complete the course by taking the winter and spring terms during the regular school year. Topics covered in this course include a brief review of pre-algebra topics, writing, solving and graphing equations and inequalities, and an introduction to functions. Completion of the Algebra 1 course is required before taking geometry.

  • Teacher: Ann Parry, B.S, University of Idaho
  • Fall term - June 19-July 7, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050 per term

Geometry (fall and winter terms)

This covers the first two terms of a three term, full year course in Euclidian geometry, for students who have completed a full course in Algebra I. Topics covered are all the elements of plane, 3-D and coordinate geometry, constructions, transformations and proof. Computer and graphing calculator based activities are used. The central focus is developing the skills, techniques and reasoning abilities to become great problem solvers. The course may be taken for the fall term or for the fall and winter terms. Students completing both terms in the summer would then take the third (spring) term during the regular school year.

  • Teacher: Ann Parry, B.S, University of Idaho
  • Dates: Fall term - June 19-July 7, Winter Term - July 10-28, times TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050 per term

Computer Science

Introduction to Computer Science (one term credit)

This is an applications-based, "hands on" course in computer science. Students will use various software packages in word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics, page layout, programming, networking, and multimedia to learn about the key topics in computer science. Course materials will provide exposure to the history of computers and other computer systems and applications, cover the current state of the industry, and offer insight into what directions the industry may take in the future, the effect of technology on our lives, and the ethical and moral issues associated with the growing computerization of our society. Students will also be introduced to programming using an easy to use language inspired by MIT's Scratch. This course meets the Computer Science graduation requirement.

  • Teacher: Mike Wade, BS, Carnegie Mellon University, MS, M.I.T.
  • Dates: June 19-July 7, time TBA
  • Teacher: Ray Pederson, B.A., M.A.E. San Francisco State University
  • Dates: July 10 to July 28, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

Introduction to Robotics
"Robots are used in an increasingly wide variety of tasks such as vacuuming floors, mowing lawns, cleaning drains, building cars, in warfare and in tasks that are too expensive or dangerous for humans, like exploring outer space or the bottom of the sea" (Wikipedia)

This is a hands-on, introductory course in robotics. Students will start by building their own simple BeetleBot which they can take home. We will also explore the robotics by showing the latest videos of this exploding industry. We will be programming robots to perform complex tasks including "object detection" and how to solve a maze, which will challenge us to learn how to think in new ways. Learn more about this exciting new field. This course meets the Computer Science graduation requirement.

  • Teacher: Ray Pederson, B.A., M.A.E. San Francisco State University
  • Dates: July 10 to July 28, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

Art and Music

Music Elective: Summer Jam Session-Ukulele and Guitar (one term credit)

Whether you are new to playing an instrument, or looking to brush up on some skills, this class is for all levels and abilities. Students learn ukulele and guitar technique, basic reading skills and some music theory. You will be learning or reviewing the tools you will need to work toward proficiency. In this class we will be playing in a variety of styles while exploring several genres of music.

  • Teacher: Brad Hershey, B.A., University of Idaho
  • Dates: June 19-July 7, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

Prints and Editions...a Reintroduction to Print Making

This course is an introduction to print techniques including chine collé, digital, linocut, intaglio, monoprint, relief and silkscreen, that we will use to print on handmade paper, glass, fabric and clay. Learning the craft of printmaking is more than just studying technique. It is also a study of our contemporary culture that has made mass produced mechanical and digital images ubiquitous in our pictures, movies and music, challenging our notions of the "authentic" experience and the "original" object. We will explore these ideas, and students will develop an awareness of both the art and the artists in the field, and begin to develop a framework for discussing their own work.

  • Teacher: Cara Frost, B.A., University of Arizona
  • Dates: June 19-July 7, time TBA
  • Tuition: $1,050

College Admission and Test Prep

College Essay Writing Workshop

The fall term of your senior year can be overwhelming: classes, standardized tests, extra-curriculars, senior projects, and college applications. Take this opportunity to get a significant jump-start on your applications through this essay writing workshop. The essay requires planning, time, and effective writing techniques. This workshop guides students through the writing of a personal statement for their applications. Students practice techniques for crafting descriptive and powerful writing, read and analyze sample essays, and brainstorm and select topics for their Common Application or UC essays. Each student will develop a working draft of an essay and will receive detailed feedback on two drafts of essays. Open to students entering the 12th grade.

  • Instructor: Chauncy Gardner Pogue, B.A, Colgate University, M.A. New York University
  • Dates / Times: Mon-Thurs, August 14-17, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuition: $300

PSAT and SAT Prep course

The Community School's legendary PSAT/SAT prep course, for many years and has allowed countless students to maximize their potential on the SAT. This introductory course prepares students to improve their test taking strategies on the Math, Reading and Writing sections of the PSAT and SAT. Don't miss this opportunity to make your SAT score an asset on your college application. Students will be expected to complete two or three sections of a practice PSAT or SAT each night as homework (50-70 minutes), Monday through Thursday. Open to students entering grades 10-12. Required book which students need to bring with them on the first day: Princeton Review: Cracking the New SAT, Premium Edition with Six Practice Tests, 2016 Edition, ISBN: 9780804125994.

  • Instructor: Ann Parry, B.S, University of Idaho
  • Dates / Times: Mon-Fri, August 7-11, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Tuition: $325

ACT Prep Course

The ACT has become a popular choice for college-bound students to include as part of the admissions process. In this introductory course, students will become familiar with the test and the strategies that are specific to the ACT. Learn how to move through the test efficiently, which math concepts are important, and how to tackle the dreaded science section with confidence. Students will be expected to complete one or two sections of a practice ACT each night as homework (45-70 minutes), Monday through Thursday. Open to students entering grades 10-12. Required book which students need to bring with them on the first day: Princeton Review: Cracking the ACT, with Six Practice Tests, 2016 Edition, ISBN: 9781101881989.

  • Instructor: Ann Parry, B.S, University of Idaho
  • Dates / Times: Mon-Fri, August 14-18, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • Tuition: $325

Study Skills

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.

  • Instructor: Lisa Tanous, B.A. Brown University, MBA Northwestern University
  • August 7-11
  • Monday-Friday, 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Tuition: $230

Outdoor Education

White Otter Adventures - Learn to Kayak Class

White Otter Outdoor Adventures invites you to spend four days learning to whitewater kayak safely and competently on Idaho's Salmon River. American Canoe Association certified White Water Instructor and Swift Boat Technician, Elliot Jacobs, and the staff at White Otter Outfitters lead this exciting trip. We'll meet at 8am on Monday, July 17th at the Community School in Sun Valley and then drive north to White Otter Headquarters in Sunbeam, Idaho, on the Salmon River. We'll spend the next four days and three nights learning the skill and art of whitewater kayaking. The class will camp together at Sunbeam. We will return to the Community School by 6pm on Thursday, July 20th. Open to ages 12-18. No experience necessary. Enrollment limited to 12.

  • Dates: July 17-20
  • Cost: $550 (includes all boating equipment, food, transportation, instruction and supervision)

Rock Climbing: Beyond Top Roping

Spend four days at the world famous City of Rocks National Reserve learning the skills you need to go "beyond top-roping" to multi-pitch and lead climbing. We will meet at Community School at 7am on Monday, July 24 and return by 7pm on Thursday, July 27. Open to ages 12-18.

  • Dates: July 24-27
  • $550 (includes all climbing gear, food, transportation, instruction and supervision)
  • For additional information, please contact Rob Landis at the Community School (208.622.3960, ext. 121)

Mount Baker Climbing Expedition

Spend eleven days having the adventure of a lifetime and learning to climb in glaciated terrain on 10,791 foot Mount Baker in the North Cascade Range of Washington State. The peak offers a full range of climbing opportunities and is an ideal venue for aspiring mountaineers. The course introduces and practices the basic skills needed to climb in glaciated terrain. Our small course size and small student to instructor ratio allows us to maximize learning and climbing. The course begins and ends in Sun Valley and includes all transportation, food and gear. Staffed by Community School Outdoor Leadership Academy instructors.

  • Lead Instructor: Rob Landis - Assistant Instructor: Travis Vandenburg
  • Dates: August 2-11
  • Cost: $1,000

Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFA)

The Community School, in partnership with the Wilderness Medical Institute, is offering a two-day Wilderness First Aid Course. If you plan to spend time in the backcountry or leading outdoor trips, you need to be prepared. Fast paced and hands-on, this two day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors. If you plan on leading trips through the Community School Outdoor Program, this course prepares you to do so.

  • Open to ages 16 or older
  • Instructors: Wilderness Medicine Institute
  • Dates: Saturday, June 17 - Sunday, June 18
  • Time: 8a.m.-5 p.m. approx. (16 hours total)
  • Tuition: $235

Wilderness First Responder Certification (WFR)

The Community School, in partnership with Wilderness Medical Institute, is offering this 10-day WFR course. Essential for anyone who spends significant time in remote places or who has a professional career in the outdoors, this course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions. Half of our time is outside the classroom doing hands-on skills and realistic scenarios, including full-scale, night mock rescues. You will complete this course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days. CPR and FBAO certification is included and the course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT CEU's by CECBEMS. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 paid registrations. You must be 16 years of age or older to take this course.

  • Instructors: Wilderness Medicine Institute
  • Dates: Monday, July 10 through Wednesday, July 19, 2017, no class Saturday, July 15
  • Times: daily, 8a.m.-5p.m. approximately, with two evening sessions July 12 & July 17, 6-10p.m.
  • Tuition: $730

Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFR-R)

If you possess a current (unexpired) WFR certification, join the leader in wilderness medicine for a three-day scenario-based course to review evacuation and decision making guidelines. The WMI instructors will refresh you on current techniques, protocols and controversies in the wilderness medicine field. This course includes WMI Adult and Child CPR and Airway Management certification. Passing a written and practical test is required to recertify, and this will require reviewing prior course materials.

Instructors: Wilderness Medicine Institute

Dates: Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July23, 2017

Times: daily, 8am-5pm

Tuition: $320

White Otter Adventures - SwiftWater Rescue, Level IV Certification
Offered in partnership with White Otter Outdoor Adventures, this two-day course will provide river users such as private boaters, guides and trip leaders with the skills and information that they will need when something goes bad on the river. With a mix of classroom instruction, hands-on practice, and exciting rescue scenarios, our aim is to make this class useful, informative and fun! Instruction will take place at the Community School and at various river locations around the area. Much of the instruction occurs near White Otter Headquarters north of Stanley. Camping is available at their location for $10 per night. Participants who complete the class will receive American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue, Level 4 certification. Participants must be 16 or older. For more details, prerequisites and required equipment, click here.

  • Lead Instructor: Elliot Jacobs, SWR Level IV, ACA Whitewater Instructor
  • Dates: Friday/Saturday, July 22-23, 8a.m. - 5p.m. both days
  • Tuition: $195

Sports Camps

5B Basketball Player Development Clinics (girls & boys in rising grades 9 to 12)
Former Community School 1st Team All-Conference player, District IV All-Star selectee and Boston College varsity scrimmage player , Connor Wade, leads these small, personalized sessions. The focus is on improving skills, leadership and basketball IQ development. An individualized evaluation is done for each participant and a specific plan for improvement is developed. Each session will be filled with interactive drills that focus on developing fundamental skills from shooting and ball handling to how to play defense the right way. These clinics are perfect for high school players who want to take their game to the next level. Players may sign up for one or multiple sessions, or may walk in to any scheduled session. Coach Wade was the Head Middle School boys' and girls' basketball coach at Portland Jewish Academy for two seasons. He is currently Junior Varsity Coach for the Community School Upper School boys' basketball program.

  • Coach: Connor Wade, BA Boston College
  • Sessions: Mon-Thurs, June 26-July 6, 3-5p.m. (No clinic on July 4.)
  • Other clinics in July and August available by appointment (cwade@communityschool.org)| $30 per 2-hour session

5B Lacrosse Camp (Boys grades 6 to 10)

Limited to the first 20 registered.

Learn the game of lacrosse at the Community School's remarkable Sagewillow facility with Wood River Warrior standouts Anders Fortuin, Hayes Gillman and Hayden Thayer. Whether you are new to the game or building on years of experience and looking to push it to the 'next level', this camp will provide both the fun and the individualized instruction you would expect from the 'fastest game on two feet.' Players provide their own equipment: stick, gloves, helmet, mouthpiece, elbow and shoulder pads, cleats. Bring snacks for break time each day.

  • Head Coach: Aaron Prazenka, Wood River Warriors Head Coach
  • Assistant Coaches: Hayes Gilman, Hayden Thayer: former Wood River Warriors Varsity
  • Monday-Thursday, 8:30am to noon
  • June 26-29
  • $160 per camp

one.Soccer School (boys & girls - ages 10 to 18)

In this soccer clinic, we work on ball mastery, SAQ (speed, agility, quickness) Going 2 Goal, Dribbling (1v1) and Small Side Games. Each day will be a progression from the day before. Our approach is an "attention to detail" and "fail your way to success" mentality. Each player will be challenged and have FUN! We give each camper a full pro uniform kit, match quality ball and backpack plus 14 hours of professional instruction. Bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, indoor trainers and cleats and a hat, if needed, to protect from the sun. To register for the camp, click here.

  • Instructors: one.Soccer School professional staff
  • July 24-28, one.Premier program, ages 10-18, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Jul 31-Aug 4, High School preseason program, ages 13-18, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm
  • $199 (if registered by April 26th, $239 after)

Elite Star Soccer (Boys and girls ages 7 to 18)

No matter what level you play or what level you want to get to, Elite Star Soccer will help you reach your goals. Our program teaches young players to be creative; to act and play like professionals, and, most importantly, encourages players to be confident in their footballing abilities. We employ modern, innovative soccer techniques and teachings to provide each player with the best individual camp experience. Bring a water bottle, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, cleats and shin-guards. To register for the camp, click here.

  • Instructors: Elite Star Soccer staff
  • Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:00pm
  • Dates: July 10-14 and July 17-21
  • $270

Driver's Education

Long time Community School teacher, Stacey Ward, has owned and operated the Sun Valley Driving School for many years. Stacey and her Driver's Education course are certified by the State of Idaho and students taking and passing the course will receive the certification required by the State to apply for a driver's license. To enroll, students must provide proof of residency in Blaine County and that their age is at least 14 years and 6 months by the start of the class. Open to Blaine County residents age 14 years and six months or older.

Teacher: Stacey Ward, BS, University of Wyoming
Specific dates & times revised to meet student schedules. Driving sessions available later in the summer. Contact Stacy at sward@communityschool.org for course details.
Cost: $575

Upper School Summer FAQs

Refund Policy

Courses may be canceled up until one week before the scheduled start date of the course. If the School cancels a course, a full refund will be issued to any student who has already paid for the course. However, no refunds will be issued to students who drop out of a course after the Monday before the course is scheduled to begin. The Summer Term daily schedule is subject to change as are the teachers who teach the courses. There is no guarantee as to when classes will meet or who the teacher will be until classes actually begin in a particular session. Refunds will not be issued for students who drop classes after the Monday before the course is scheduled to begin.

Maximum Course Load

Community School policy allows a student to take up to three for-credit classes in one session with permission of both the Upper School Head and the Summer Term Director. Taking courses in the summer allows students more flexibility in structuring their academic year.

Summer Term Schedule

Session I, for-credit courses are offered June 19 through July 7, 2017 (no classes on July 4th). Depending on demand, a few, for-credit courses may be offered in Session II from July 10 through July 28. Last summer, for example, six for-credit courses were offered in Session II, but none had sufficient enrollment to run. Given that there are usually very limited opportunities to take courses in Session II, students are encouraged to make arrangements to take our Summer Term offerings in Session I if at all possible as there is no guarantee that any courses will run in Session II.

Students must be available to take courses during any of the four summer term class periods between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Class periods are two hours in length beginning at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. each morning and at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. each afternoon. Classes may be scheduled into any of the four class periods. It is not possible to guarantee that a certain course will meet at a certain time until classes begin on June 19.

Tentative Summer Daily Schedule (subject to change)

Session I: June 19-July 7, 2017

  • 1st period: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Courses TBA
  • 2nd period: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. - TBA
  • 3rd period: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. - TBA
  • 4th period: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - TBA

Because of demand, some courses may have more than one section. Depending on when the sections meet, they may or may not have the same teacher. Students will be assigned to multiple section courses randomly. Students who want to enroll in a course with multiple sections must be available to take the course in either section.

All class times are subject to change up until June 12 for Session I and July 3 for Session II. The daily schedule of when each class meets will be adjusted to maximize enrollment in all courses and give the most students possible the opportunity to take the courses they want. This may necessitate adjustments in the daily class schedule right up until classes begin. Students enrolling in summer term must be available to take classes during any of the four class periods that classes are scheduled in.

High School Credit

During its Summer Term, Community School students may receive a one term credit for courses once they have successfully completed all course requirements. Students from other schools may receive credit for these courses as well, but should make prior arrangements with their own school to ensure that credit will be granted. Access to final grades and comments will be available to students and parents by July 17, 2017, one week after the end of the Summer Term.

Honors Credit

Some courses are offered for honors credit at the discretion of the teacher. Because of the heavy workload required during the summer school sessions, students who want to take a course for honors credit must ask the instructor two weeks before the session begins if honors credit is offered for the course and be available to complete honors requirements both before and after the regular session dates.


Students should expect about an hour and a half of homework each night in each of the core, for-credit summer classes: English, history, math or science. This is essential in covering a full term's worth of content and reading. Elective courses, such as computer science, art, music, robotics, etc., will have little if any homework.


Due to the intensive nature of summer term courses (for example, taking a 12 week course in three weeks), missing even one day of class in the summer has a significant effect on the learning experience. Plan to take vacations or participate in other programs or camps before or after the summer term dates. For snow sport athletes, we have worked with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation coaches and directors to choose weeks for the summer term that have the fewest conflicts with training camps.

Please do not sign up for courses unless you can attend the full course on all the dates it is offered. Naturally, if a student is sick, he or she should stay home, and arrangements can be made to makeup missed work. Just like during the regular school year, excessive absences can result in an inability to obtain credit for a course. In general, our policy is that students should not register for Summer Term if they are unable to attend the announced dates for the courses. Direct any questions about absences to Mike Wade

Summer Boarding

High school students from out of the area who do not have living arrangements locally but still want to take Community School Summer Term classes for credit, may apply to stay in our supervised Residence Hall located in Warm Springs. The Residence Hall will be available for Summer Term and will open Sunday, June 18 and close on Friday, July 7, 2017. This boarding option is enrollment dependent and will only be available if there is sufficient demand. For details, e-mail our Residential Life Coordinator, Nancy Parsons, at nparsons@communityschool.org.