About Us

Polly Friess

Polly Friess’ belief in classical education stems from her love for classical music, having toured through 26 countries, from 1987 through 1995, performing and recording sacred classical music in 16 languages.  As the winds of freedom began to sweep across the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Gloriae Dei Cantores was the first American choir to visit countries that had been closed to the West for more than 40 years. Bringing hope and inspiration through the universal language of music to those people at that historic time was a formational experience. Entering Boston College after her international touring, Mrs. Friess continued her love of singing with the Boston Pops at Tanglewood.  She serves on the board of two charitable foundations that support education and the promotion of a just and free society.  Her founding donations toward the establishment of The Trinity Forum and Relevate demonstrate her desire for Christians to think, work, and lead wisely and well.  She also served for many years on two national advocacy boards dedicated to the transformation and renewal of culture through effective philanthropic giving, The Gathering, and strategic political action, Legacy.  Mrs. Friess earned a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Boston College, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  She met her husband Steve at a conference on giving, only to realize they were united in their work for religious freedom and passionate about excellence in education.  They were married in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and feel blessed to raise their four children, Jackson, Virginia, Thatcher, and Sarah in such a beautiful place.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
Matthew 18:1-5

List of 5 news stories.

  • Head of School Update: Monday, November 2, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
    We are in a time of stress in our country.  Anger and distrust have lessened dialogue and increased polarization.  Binary thinking has replaced nuanced understanding.  Group-affiliation has replaced truth and ethics.  I have been asking myself: Can the pillars of classical education be a part of the solution to relieving the stress, distrust, and tribalism that are plaguing our country?  Are we teaching students to respect each other, learn from each other, and even trust each other when we have disagreements? 
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  • Head of School Update: Saturday, October 3, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents, 
    Our 10-12th Graders were guided by Anatomy and Physiology teacher Ms. Feaver through a high-caliber dissection of an elk heart on Thursday.  Ms. McWhorter, our 4th Grade Literature teacher, heard about the dissection and asked whether or not the heart had “strings.” Her 4th Graders were busy memorizing William Blake’s The Tyger and wondered if the poetic reference to the heart was allegorical or actual.  Ms. Fever brought the elk heart into the 4th Grade classroom, showed them the chordae tendineae, and let them strum the real heart strings with their fingers.  Yesterday, two 10-12th Graders demonstrated their own learning by bringing the elk heart into Mrs. Hughes’ 5th Grade Science class.  The young ladies displayed and discussed the structure of the heart with the 5th Graders and those students applied that knowledge to their current study of the parts and functions of a cell.  Many thanks to Coach Lunz and Dr. Rudolph for this valuable donation, made possible by their successful elk hunt last weekend! 
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  • Head of School Update: Saturday, September 5, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,

    .  That word encompasses the feeling on campus during our first week of school.  Gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness.  All three meanings were present on campus this first week of school, and it was beautiful and good.  
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  • Head of School Update: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,
    Our priority is to be in-school, in-person. In order to get students here, and keep them here, we must be vigilant. Our community will need to selflessly do tasks that take longer (and might even feel unnecessary) to assure the physical safety and emotional well-being of all.  Trust is built when together we sacrifice for the greater good. 
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  • Head of School Update: Friday, July 31, 2020

    Dear JH Classical Academy Parents,  
    Last spring, as our nation faced the rapid spread of a new virus, JH Classical Academy made the transition to distance learning in a matter of days.  Robust instruction continued to the end of the school year, with parents providing great support, empowering students to complete the majority of the planned material for each course. 
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P.O. Box 7466
Jackson, WY 83002
Enrollment Inquiries:
Polly Friess
(307) 690-8396
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School Office
(307) 201-5040


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