Elementary School

Students working on a puzzle in their elementary class

Embark on a Journey of Discovery

A Sun Valley Community School elementary education is a child-led journey of discovery, fueled by the passion of a dedicated faculty on a campus and in a natural setting ripe for exploration.

At Sun Valley Community School, Elementary School students:

  • Explore and discover personal interests;
  • Share their passions with their community;
  • Learn to collaborate through meaningful, experiential learning opportunities;
  • Embrace personal responsibility;
  • Meet challenge with perseverance and optimism;
  • Connect meaningfully with their teachers;
  • Thrive in an environment of trust and inclusivity.
A student and teacher reading together
When I was a student at Sun Valley Community School, I had teachers who encouraged me, challenged me, and believed in me. Now, as a parent, I get to watch my own children build similar relationships with their teachers. It's these relationships that really make our school such a special place.


Tricia St. George '95, Current Parent and Elementary School Faculty


Meet the Elementary School Head

Janet Salvoni

Janet Salvoni joined Sun Valley Community School in 2005 and was appointed Elementary School Head in 2011. Janet has extensive experience in the classroom, having taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades; she has also served as a Learning Specialist and as Early Childhood Coordinator. Currently, in addition to her role as Elementary School Head, she serves as Teacher Training Academy (TTA) Coordinator and Diversity and Inclusivity Committee Co-Chair.

Janet holds a BA in elementary education from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MA in education from Cambridge College.

In her daily work with students, parents, and colleagues at the school, Janet is continually inspired by the passion of the school's faculty. "They believe 100 percent in the work they are doing, both with students and behind the scenes," she says.

Janet and her husband, Frank, are parents of two Cutthroats: Tyler '23 and Cooper '27. When she's not at school or spending time with her family, Janet spends time on the ice pursuing her passion for ice hockey.


Sun Valley Community Values: Many Voices, One School

The perspective and connection offered by our pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade campus differentiates Sun Valley Community School.

As students engage in daily life on our Trail Creek Campus, they interact formally and informally with other students and with faculty across divisions, transcending classroom boundaries and building important relationships. The result is a connected community that honors each individual voice and recognizes the power and pride of shared experience.