opportunity and challenge
An Upper School education at Sun Valley Community School is defined by academic rigor driven by a spirit of inquiry, meaningful outdoor experiences, and athletic and artistic opportunities. As the premier private high school in Sun Valley and as one of the best day and boarding schools in the West, Sun Valley Community School encourages all of our Upper School students to excel academically and pursue their passions in and out of our classrooms.
Our exceptional program provides a framework for students to explore and pursue their passions and develop an authentic sense of self.
Upper School students continually build qualities of self-confidence, awareness, and independence. As they progress through the Upper School, development in these areas rewards students with increasing levels of autonomy and responsibility. Leadership opportunities abound academically, athletically, and in the Outdoor Leadership Academy.
Whether playing varsity soccer as a freshman, leading the ninth-grade river trip as a senior, or singing a solo in the fall musical, students are also regularly challenged to exceed their perceived limits and seek out new experiences.
The Upper School promotes a culture of mutual respect and trust between teachers and students. Experts in their subject areas our faculty values the art of teaching. Beyond the classroom, teachers are regularly involved in students' lives—as student advisors, trip leaders, coaches, community service leaders, and friends. These strong student-teacher relationships are often cited by graduating seniors as the most important element of a Sun Valley Community School education.
This culture of care and respect fosters a learning environment that is open, accepting, and curious. We cultivate independent thinking and support students as they step beyond their comfortable boundaries, both academically and individually.
We encourage all students to participate across the spectrum of interests and activities, including athletics and the fine and performing arts. It's not unusual to see a student playing competitive soccer, acting in a school play, and devoting time to community service projects in the same week.