The mission of Jackson Hole Classical Academy is to cultivate within its students the wisdom and virtue necessary to discover their God-given potential and contribute
to a flourishing and free society.

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Head of School Memo

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  • Polly Friess Head of School Jackson Hole Classical Academy

    Head of School Update: Thursday, November 21, 2019

    Most Americans think of the first Thanksgiving as a feast shared by pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Few know that the modern version of a nation-wide Thanksgiving holiday didn’t come until 1863, thanks to the persistence of Sarah Josepha Hale. When President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation declaring “a day of thanksgiving and praise," the 36-year campaign started by the so-called “mother” of Thanksgiving finally ended. Hale promoted her silent lobbying by publishing poems of gratitude, recipes for autumnal feasts, and stories to make Thanksgiving the heart of the American experience, like 4th of July.
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Owl News

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    Construction Update

    From early morning to late afternoon, bulldozers, motor graders, excavators, and dump trucks move purposefully across the Academy campus. To be sure, Bouma has made great progress. Of late, they have planted an assortment of aspens, maples and dogwoods that now line the parking lot, and have laid fresh, natural sod, as well. On the south side of campus, Bouma continues the grading process, which will ensure proper, sustainable runoff and drainage. Bouma’s thoughtful construction process mirrors the Academy’s dedication to local environmental and safety compliance, and lays the foundations for new, exciting developments for our school.
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Student Life

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  • Thanksgiving

    A Thanksgiving Feast

    On Wednesday, November 20, the Kindergarten students hosted family, faculty and friends in the Kindergarten room. The occasion: A Thanksgiving Feast.
    Kindergarten students, dressed as Pilgrims, read “The First Thanksgiving” by Jack Prelutsky, and each student shared one thing they had learned about the Pilgrims. The main course was a vegetable soup, which the Kindergarteners had carefully prepared for the occasion.
    The first graders joined the Feast as well – they came as Indians. And yes, the Pilgrims and Indians ate peaceably together. As Mrs. Patrick recalled: “It was a sweet time, everyone being together.”
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In The Classroom

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  • Spanish Class at Jackson Hole Classical Academy

    Spanish I: Introduction of the Modern Language Track

    “Donde hay gana, hay maña” is a well-known proverb in the Spanish-speaking community. It most closely resembles the English saying: where there’s a will, there’s a way. To Mr. Gildersleeve, this proverb is particularly befitting for language acquisition. “To learn a language – to truly gain fluency,” he asserts, “it’s important you learn to love the language, first.”

    Mr. Gildersleeve, new to JH Classical Academy this year, teaches Spanish I to the 11th grade. In Spanish I, students learn the foundations of
    speaking, listening, and writing in Spanish. They’re encouraged, too, to embrace Spanish’s direct application in the world around them.
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Jackson Hole Classical Academy
P.O. Box 7466
Jackson, WY 83002
Enrollment Inquiries:
Polly Friess
(307) 690-8396
All Other Inquiries:
School Office
(307) 201-5040


Nondiscrimination Policy: Jackson Hole Classical Academy admits students of any gender, race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Jackson Hole Classical Academy does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance, athletic, arts or other school administrated programs.