Blaine County School District

The Blaine County School District operates the Wood River High School, Wood River Middle School, Summer School, Hailey Elementary School, Alturas Elementary and the Silver Creek Alternative School... all in Hailey, as well as Bellevue Elementatry - Bellevue, Hemingway Elementary - Ketchum and Carey Schools K-12.  The philosophy of the board of trustees of the district is one of total commitment to educational excellence. The Board continually seeks curriculum and staff improvement based on reliable research, sound principles of child development, and proven teaching practices. The Board believes that it is the duty of the school organization to serve the community by providing a comprehensive educational program, and it pledges that each school will offer students the opportunity for maximum growth potential in a climate of mutual trust and respect. Contact the school district by clicking on their logo above or call 208-578-5000.


Blaine County School District Ski Weeks



Students hit the slopes in winter thanks to Sun Valley Co and a myriad of generous local ski stores, volunteers, staff and supporters.
Every elementary school in Blaine County offers a variation of the annual “Ski Week.” For many students, it’s their first and only opportunity to visit Dollar or Baldy and to learn how to ski. The sense of self-worth, pride, and confidence is evident in each and every smile that radiates off the slopes.
Numerous generous donors help provide everything from clothing to health insurance. Dozens of volunteers donate their time and energy to helping students learn. The Sun Valley Ski Patrol visits each school with their rescue dogs and safety information, and then they meet up with the students on the mountain, giving them instruction and advice. It’s yet another example of just how special our community is and just how extraordinary living in Blaine County can be.

Watch the smile-inducing slideshow here.


For those seeking a private or alternative education for their children, several alternatives are available.

The Community School

The Community School has been the only accredited K-12 independent school in the Wood River Valley for over 35 years, . The school is NAIS & NASC accredited. The Community School's unique learning environment is characterized by intellectual challenge and close relationships among students and teachers. In addition to rigorous academics, we offer one of the most comprehensive outdoor education programs in the nation, a strong community service program, fine and performing arts and competitive athletics. We have a significant need-based financial aid program. More info  

The school is located at 181 Dollar Road, Sun Valley, Idaho, 83353, (208) 622-3955.


Pioneer Montessori School

211 Second Avenue, Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 726-9060

The Mountain School - Their philosophy is based on Waldorf Education and is offered for ages Kindergarden through 3rd grade.

100 Mustang Ln, Bellevue, ID 83313
(208) 788-3170

The Sage School

1451 Aviation Dr., Hailey, ID, 83333
(208) 788-0120

Syringa Mountain School (Waldorf inspired Charter School)

Box 3531., Hailey, ID, 83333
(208) 720-6327


The College of Southern IdahoThe College of Southern Idaho operates a Blaine County Campus in Hailey. Courses offered range from Art History to Web Page Design all taught at the Community Campus in Hailey. This exciting campus adds to the educational and cultural richness of the Wood River Valley as well as the life long learning opportunities to all citizens.