About Us

Polly Friess

Head of School

Mrs. Friess’ belief in classical education stems from her love for classical music. During seven international tours through 26 countries, she sang contralto with the choral group Gloria Dei Cantores, renowned performers of sacred classical music. Her last professional performances were with the Boston Pops at Tanglewood. She serves on the board of two charitable foundations supporting education and the promotion of a just and free society, and she previously served on the boards of two national organizations dedicated to cultural renewal through effective giving and action. Mrs. Friess earned a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Boston College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She and her husband Steve have four children: Cotter, Ginger, Thatcher, and Sarah.

“If I were to describe classical education in my own words, from my own experience, I would say that it is choosing a path of intentional learning and living. It is an age-appropriate journey of observing the world around you and making sense of your place in it. It encourages questioning. It examines desires. It requires virtue. It draws from the great thinkers of the past. It teaches us to encounter new information and assimilate that knowledge towards proper action. It allows one to dream and fail within a framework of values that leads to greater purpose and happiness. Classical education understands that intentional learning and living takes time, and the process is just as beautiful as the goal.”

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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


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