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Apply to Sun Valley Ski Academy and See your Dreams Take Flight

Sun Valley Ski Academy seeks applicants who will contribute in a positive way to the life of Community School and SVSA and who will benefit significantly from the unique environment we provide. The goal of the Admission Committee is to find the right match between the applicant and the school; we consider the following factors when reviewing applications:

  • The ability and desire of the applicant and his or her family to support the mission and philosophy of the program;
  • Academic transcripts, teacher evaluations, standardized testing, classroom visits and developmental assessments;
  • Personal interests and talents;
  • Qualities of character, motivation, and attitude.
  • A mutual understanding between Community School and the applicant’s family of the educational goals for the applicant.

For more information, contact Program Director Jonna Mendes via phone (208.720.0512) or email (

Seeing is Believing

Do you think the Sun Valley Ski Academy might be right for you? The best way to find out is to come and tour.

We strongly encourage student-athletes interested in attending the Sun Valley Ski Academy as a day or as a boarding student to plan a tour. A visit will include the opportunity to:

  • Tour Community School’s Trail Creek Campus;
  • Attend classes;
  • Visit with Community School’s Head of School, Upper School Head, and Sun Valley Ski Academy Program Director.
  • Tour the Ketchum Campus, which includes the Residential Hall, the SVSA wax room, and the Athletes’ Training Center;
  • Time on the mountain or on Nordic trails (winter season) with coaches and team members.

Plan Your Visit

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The SVSA Difference

As an SVSA athlete, you will:

Find meaningful academic challenge at Community School;

Train as a member of Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, benefitting from a world-class coaching staff and superior and varied training conditions;

Have flexibility and support to pursue intensive training and competition schedules;

Participate in Community School’s signature Outdoor Program, exploring the landscape of the West through trips that make the most of the area’s stunning wilderness areas and connect you with your school community.

When I came and toured, I felt really comfortable. People are really friendly and you get a real feel for how everyone actually acts—people are genuine here.

Sophia '19, SVSA Cross Country Athlete

2017-18 Key Admission Dates

Tours and Campus Visits

We encourage all families to visit Community School for a campus tour, classroom visits, and conversations with our faculty. Tours for prospective families are available year-round. Please contact the Program Director Jonna Mendes to schedule your visit by phone (208.720.0512) or email.

Applications Accepted

We begin receiving applications September 1, 2017 and we accept applications on a rolling admission basis thereafter.

Admission Testing

Community School requires that applicants to grades six through twelve take the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test).

Please pre-register for the test at

The SSAT code for Community School is 2547.

In order to meet our application deadline, students must take the November, December, January, or February test.

We offer SSAT testing on our campus on the following dates:

  • October 14, 2017
  • November 11, 2017
  • December 9, 2017
  • January 6, 2018
  • February 3, 2018
  • March 3, 2018
  • April 21, 2018
  • June 9, 2018

If you're unable to test on the dates above, please contact the Admissions Office, and we can work together to accommodate your schedule.

Community School also accepts ISEE, ERB, and/or PSAT/SAT test results.

Tuition Assistance

Applicants who wish to apply for tuition assistance must complete the Parent Financial Statement for SSS by January 31, 2018.

The Parent Portal for the online PFS is available here.

In addition, the completed Community School Financial Aid application, along with your 2017 W-2 forms and completed tax return documents, must be submitted to our Business Office by February 23.

Learn more about tuition assistance here.

Admission Notification

Admission notifications will be mailed in late March 2018.