Reimagine Your Classroom
At Sun Valley Community School, we believe learning happens everywhere.
Across divisions, our students dig deep and, sometimes, travel far to immerse themselves in learning experiences that leave a lasting impact. The following are just a few of the "classrooms" Sun Valley Community School students explore.
Ninth graders engage in service learning projects in Salt Lake City, during a week-long spring trip each year that offers invaluable insight into food insecurity, homelessness, and refugee concerns.
Eighth grade students spend a week in Glacier National Park each fall studying climate science with leading experts in the field, a component of their fall term study of food production and sustainability.
As juniors, Community School students immerse themselves in the work of Edward Abbey and Thoreau in the classroom and then venture to Canyonlands National Park in Southern Utah for a week-long backpacking trip. The trip includes a 48-hour solo to experience solitude first hand. The solo is a formative trip for many.
The Kemmerer Family Greenhouse, located on our Trail Creek Campus is a learning space used across divisions. From understanding the fundamentals of plant science to developing sustainable food production strategies, students are engaged in hands-on learning here.
Trail Creek, which runs through Community School's academic campus, serves as an ideal outdoor science laboratory. Students across divisions study aquatic insects, water quality, and a range of other earth science and biology topics right in their backyard. Fly fishing—curricular and extracurricular—is also a common site on the creek. In the 2016-17 year, fourth graders built tree houses along the bank.
Seventh grade students travel to America's deepest river canyon, Hell's Canyon on the Snake River, where they embark on a backpacking trip and meet with local historians to gather background for a collaborative novel they write based on a historical event.
Already, Sun Valley Community School has inspired and nurtured the pursuit of multiple interests—from music, photography and acting to writing, debate, forensics and the outdoors.
Leigh Barer, Current Parent
Academically challenging and collaborative, Sun Valley Community School offers students the ability to work outside traditional experiences. Specifically, the Outdoor Program drew us to the school. It has been so rewarding for Carter, and he has learned so much about himself. He has found the reward in trying things that are challenging both academically and in the Outdoor Program.
Stephanie Sammis, Current Parent