Journeys School, Jackson, Wyoming


Journeys School of Teton Science Schools is a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade independent school in Jackson Hole, Wyoming engaging college-bound students with an innovative and challenging curriculum that cultivates lifelong learning. Our program consists of four critical pillars that act together to empower students to change the world. Our students accept academic challenges and ask hard questions in a balanced, open-minded, and reflective manner. Journeys School was accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools in 2006 and is accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for grades 11 and 12 and the Middle Years Program for grades 6 through10.

Believe it or not, the history of Journeys School begins with a contest. In the 1990s, the National Geographic Society recognized a gap between the geographical knowledge of American students and that of their international peers. To address their concerns, National Geographic offered prizes for the creation of a geography-based curriculum for American students. A group of educators at Teton Science Schools, knowing they were already skilled at delivering place-based education in the Greater Yellowstone, figured they ought to give the contest a try. Regardless of the results, they knew their effort would translate into improvements in their outreach curriculum. Little did they know that first “let’s give it a shot” attitude would evolve into one of the most vibrant and challenging schools in the Northern Rockies.

Just ten years later, the growth of Journeys School confirms the power of its core values: academic excellence, extraordinary relationships, place-based education and global citizenship. Today nearly 180 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade attend Journeys School. The Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools accredits the school. Journeys School now includes a Reggio Emilia pre-kindergarten for three- and four-year olds. Today, Journeys School is also an International Baccalaureate World School, utilizing one of the most respected global curricula in the middle and high school years. All Journeys School students pre-k through 12th grade learn Spanish. All high school students experience extensive college counseling beginning in the ninth grade. Journeys graduates successfully graduate from colleges and universities around the country. With tremendous growth and the development of a strong, academically challenging curriculum, Journeys School still holds onto the original philosophy behind the first Journeys curriculum and all TSS programs. Namely, when open-minded students and skilled faculty form an educational community in a unique setting, they succeed in learning in unique and powerful ways. Journeys School provides an outstanding education and more.

Jackson Hole is an extraordinary mountain valley that offers countless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Combined with a significant arts/culture community in the valley, the area offers a cosmopolitan feel in a resort town. The experience at Journeys School is the perfect combination of challenging academics and small town America.

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Study at Journeys School

Journeys School’s small international program for high school students offers a rich experience, both in terms of academic challenge and innovative education. The global focus of our curriculum allows for international students and local students to interact and discuss issues relevant to the 21st century. All international students are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Weekend and after-school experiences include outdoor trips, cultural experiences, robotics team and athletics, among many other opportunities. Students live with a local host family to provide for language immersion while at the same time learning the culture of an American family.

Students participate in a wide variety of activities that are offered after school in Teton County. All middle and high school students are allowed to participate in Teton County School District athletics and activities, and many take advantage of this opportunity. A shuttle runs from Journeys School to the public middle and high school at the end of hte school day for students in grades 6-12. Students from Journeys School have participated in Speech and Debate, drama, soccer, football, basketball, wrestling, track, cross-country, Nordic and alpine skiing, tennis, volleyball and lacrosse. Journeys School offers an Outdoor Club for all interested students in grades 6-12. An after-school program is available for all students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd.

Winter Sports Program

All students in grades K-12 participate in the Winter Sports Program. This includes options for skiing and snowboarding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or nordic skiing experiences around the valley. High school students participate in a winter leadership course that includes basic avalanche awareness, methods of ski instruction and on-mountain safety.

Journeys/Outdoor Education

Journeys School's core approach to learning is teaching students outside of the classroom. A journey is a direct experience in an ecological or cultural environment that serves as an essential part of learning. Whether lasting a few moments or a few days, a journey includes thoughtful faculty planning and meaningful student inquiry and reflection. A journey integrates curriculum, creates community and deepens one’s sense of place.

2016 Tuition & Fees

International Exchange Program: Students spend one or two semesters at Journeys School with plans to return to their own school for graduation. Tuition and Room/Board: US$ 29,900 per year with no tuition assistance available.

International Scholars Program: Students that exceed the normal admissions standards and spend one or two semesters at Journeys School with plans to return to their own school for graduation. Tuition and Room/Board: US$ 29,900 per year; tuition assistance is available based on need.

Tuition amount listed above includes all fees excluding 5th, 8th, and 12th grade capstone trip, laptops, afterschool and optional costs (yearbooks, photos, etc).

Payment Plan Options

Plan No.1: Annual: Pay tuition in full by August 1.

Plan No. 2: Semi-Annual: Pay tuition in two equal payments on or before August 1 and February 1.

Plan No. 3: Monthly: Pay tuition in eight equal monthly payments beginning August 1 through March 1.