Admissions FAQ

List of 18 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?

    Applications are available on our website Once the application is submitted, our Admissions Team will schedule a family meeting, and a student evaluation, and an interview with the student. Students are also encouraged to spend a shadow day at JH Classical Academy.

  • Does JH Classical Academy admit students based on academic record?

    JH Classical Academy does not admit students based on academic record. However, incoming students do take academic evaluations to show at what level their needs can be best served. In addition to the student assessment and interview, the Academy recognizes that parents are the primary educators. Therefore, a key aspect of the admissions process is ensuring that parents will and support and embrace the mission of our school.

  • 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?

    Students must be the age of 5 to begin Kindergarten at the Academy. The “cut off” birth date is August 15.

  • 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. Faculty are graduates of elite colleges and universities); half 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?

    There is no formal parent organization, but all parents are encouraged to become involved in the school community through volunteering.

  • How much does tuition cost?

    JH Classical Academy utilizes a tiered tuition model. Click here to learn more about Tiered Tuition.
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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Jackson Hole Classical Academy
P.O. Box 7466
Jackson, WY 83002
Enrollment Inquiries:
Polly Friess
(307) 690-8396
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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.