Application Process

We seek students who will contribute in a positive way to the life of the school and benefit significantly from the unique environment the school provides. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, origin, ancestry, physical disability or sexual orientation. Nor do we deny admission to applicants whose families cannot afford tuition.

Our primary goal for admission is to offer enrollment to students who will thrive at the Sun Valley Ski Academy. In considering an application, the Admission Committee considers a variety of factors. Foremost is the ability and desire of the applicant and his or her family to support the mission and philosophy of the program. Other factors include, but are not limited to, a student’s academic transcripts, teacher evaluations, standardized testing, classroom visits and developmental assessments, personal interests and talents, and qualities of character, motivation and attitude. We also consider the school’s and the family’s mutual understanding of the educational goals for the applicant. The Admission Committee’s focus is to find the right match between the applicant and the school.

SVSA is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Please contact Program Director Jonna Mendes for more information about space availability and application details.

We began receiving applications February, 2017, but we continue to accept applications on a rolling admission basis after our application deadline until grades are full.

Prospective students should complete a Sun Valley Ski Academy application and must also register with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation upon acceptance into the program. Students are required to take the SSAT test.

Program Director Jonna Mendes can be reached at (208) 720-0512 or at

Download the Middle & Upper School Admissions Packet

Key Dates for SVSA Application

Tours for prospective parents. Please call the Program Director at (208) 720-0512 to schedule a tour of the campus, dorms, and ski program.

September 15, 2016
Applications accepted for the 2017-2018 academic year

September – March, 2016- 2017
Register to take the SSAT

February 24, 2017
Applications due (we accept applications on a rolling basis after our application deadline)

February 27, 2017
Financial Aid Parent Financial Statement due to SSS

March 4, 2017
Financial Aid applications due to admissions office

Late March, 2017
Admission Notification mailed (all applicants)

April, 2017 
Financial Aid Award notification


SSAT (Applicants for grades Six through Twelve)
We require all Middle and Upper School applicants to take the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). In order to meet our February 24 application deadline, students must take the November, December, January, or February test. We administer the SSAT on the Community School campus on the Saturday mornings listed below. Students should arrive by 8:15 a.m. and will be done with the test by noon.

Applicants need to pre-register for the SSAT. The $120 is paid directly to SSAT when you register. SSAT charges an additional $40 fee for late registration, so please pay close attention to the registration deadline. We will include SSAT registration information in your Application Packet. The preferred way to register for the test is online at Our Test Center Code at Community School is 2547; in order for us to receive your child’s test results, you must enter this code in the appropriate place when you register.

Results of the ISEE may also be submitted. Applicants for the 11th and 12th grades may submit PSAT or SAT scores.

2015-2016 SSAT Testing Calendar

October 15, 2016
SSAT (Grades 6-12 applicants)

November 12, 2016
SSAT (Grades 6-12 applicants)

December 10, 2016
SSAT (Grades 6-12 applicants)

January 7, 2017
SSAT (Grades 6-12 applicants)

February 11, 2017 
SSAT (Grades 6-12 applicants)

March 4, 2017
SSAT (Grades 6-12 applicants)

April 22, 2017
SSAT (Grades 6-12 applicants)

June 13, 2017
SSAT (Grades 6-12 applicants)