Admissions FAQ

List of 17 frequently asked questions.

  • What is classical education?

    Classical education trains students to love what is true, good, and beautiful through a rich curriculum of study. Students learn not what to think, but how to think. Classical education aims to have students become thinking individuals and good citizens.

  • What is the admissions process?

    Get to know us by scheduling a tour! Email admissions@jhclassical.org to get started.

    Applications are available on our website. (You will need to create an account first). Once the application has been submitted, our Admissions Team will follow up with required documents, schedule student placement testing and interviews, and a parent interview. Students are also encouraged to spend a shadow day at JH Classical Academy.
  • How are students assessed at the Academy?

    In the Lower School, JH Classical Academy provides both narrative reports and numeric, rubric evaluations for grades K-2 and letter grades for grades 3-6 every trimester. In the Upper School students receive letter grades and written evaluations quarterly. Teacher’s written evaluations explain a student’s academic progress as well as depth of inquiry & sense of wonder, and habits and responsibilities. Also, at the end of the grading periods parents are invited to attend a parent-teacher conference with their child’s teachers.

  • What kind of testing does JH Classical Academy offer?

    JH Classical Academy offers ACADIENCE (formally known as DIBELS, Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) to test each K-4th grade student’s reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is administered every year to students in grades K-8. The Academy also is offering an official testing site for John Hopkins CTY. This test reveals academic abilities and offers access for qualifying students to challenging summer courses through John Hopkins University. Upper School students complete the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as well as the PSATs, SAT and ACT as needed for college admission.

  • How much academic support is there?

    JH Classical Academy holds to a standard of high expectations and high support. Our teachers communicate frequently with parents about their students’ progress. All students have the ability to see teachers for extra help and tutoring during Lyceum.

  • Is there special education support at the Academy?

    At this time JH Classical Academy is not equipped to serve special needs students.

  • Does JH Classical Academy offer fine arts?

    JH Classical Academy provides both music and art instruction for all K-8th grade students. In music, students learn music theory, music history, guitar, voice, and keyboard. In art, students learn art history, color theory, and painting and drawing techniques in different media.
  • What are the class sizes at the Academy?

    Each homeroom class is capped at 15 students.

  • What is the best age for Kindergarten?

    Children must be 5 years old on or before August 15 to enter Kindergarten for the upcoming school year. 
     
    Students who are outside of this cutoff date and wish to apply for Kindergarten will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Children who are 6 years old by August 15 will be considered for 1st Grade. 
  • Can a student enter in any grade?

    The earlier students join, the sooner they build a strong academic foundation in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as enrichment in the arts. However, students may thrive joining at any grade and achieve academic success.

  • Why would a student stay for twelve years at the same school?

    The curriculum at Jackson Hole Classical Academy builds carefully from K-12. A student who completes the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages fully reaps the benefits of classical education. Students are also able to be part of a tight-knit community and will often be able to build camaraderie with their class and bond with the faculty and staff.

  • How are the faculty qualified?

    The teachers at JH Classical Academy each bring unique and complementary skills. What they have in common is mastery of their disciplines and a love of teaching. Our faculty are graduates of elite colleges and universities and 68% of them hold graduate degrees.

  • Why does the Academy have a uniform?

    JH Classical Academy has a dress code to encourage unity and professionalism among students and limit distractions in the learning environment.

  • Is JH Classical Academy affiliated with a church?

    Jackson Hole Classical Academy has no affiliation with a church or domination. Teachers are from both Protestant and Catholic traditions. We welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds.

  • Does JH Classical Academy use a Christian curriculum?

    All the teachers at the Academy confess the Nicene Creed and seek to model Christ in their words and actions. Although religion is not taught as a discrete course of study, all subjects are taught from the Judeo-Christian tradition.

  • Is there a parent organization?

    Yes! Our Parent Service Organization is essential to our school and includes opportunities to serve in eight different channels including: K-8th Grade Class Parents, Administrative, Prayer Warriors, Facilities & Grounds, Marketing & Events, Food Services, Clubs & Athletics, and Admissions.
  • How much does tuition cost?

    JH Classical Academy utilizes a tiered tuition model. Click here to learn more about Tiered Tuition.


JHCA Admissions Policy

JHCA is a devoted Christian community seeking:
  • Parents who understand and support the Academy’s mission and educational philosophy and will abide by the JHCA Parent Partnership as discussed in the parent interview.  
  • Students who demonstrate proven capability to succeed at JHCA as shown by academic records and testing at or above grade level.
  • Students whose behavior fits the expectations of JHCA and who live with integrity as shown by submitted recommendations.

Kindergarten Policy
Children must be 5 years old on or before August 15 to enter Kindergarten for the upcoming school year. 
 
Students who are outside of this cutoff date and wish to apply for Kindergarten will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Children who are 6 years old by August 15 will be considered for 1st Grade. 

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Jackson Hole Classical Academy does not allow discrimination of any kind in the workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and also take measures against discrimination in all aspects of employment and Academy business.  Instances of discrimination should be brought to the Head of School.  Any reports of discrimination will be promptly investigated. 

All employees and applicants with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of the Head of School. Employees and applicants can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination or reprisal will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
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Contact

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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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.