Swan Valley is nestled along the banks of the South Fork of the Snake River, one of the premier fly fisheries in North America. The valley is comprised of the towns of Swan Valley and Irwin and the unincorporated area of Palisades. This scenic community in Southeastern Idaho is surrounded by mountain ranges, splendid panoramas abound, and year-round outdoor activities attract sportsmen and adventurers.
This valley is part of the Yellowstone ecosystem, home to the largest elk and Rocky Mountain big horn sheep herds in the country. Numerous white tail and mule deer, moose, bear, mountain lions and mountain goats also populate the region. Trumpeter swans, sand hill cranes, bald eagles, osprey and many other species of birds also provide exciting viewing for ornithologists.
Swan Valley truly is a valley for all seasons with opportunities to fly fish or float on the Snake River or the many creeks in the valley. There is boating on the beautiful Palisades Reservoir as well as opportunities to camp, hunt, hike, trail ride, bird watch, snowmobile, cross country ski, snowshoe and just enjoy this unique and beautiful region. The great variety of outdoor activities appeal to the desires of any outdoor recreation enthusiast, regardless of age. Lodging and a variety of restaurants, eateries and shops also are available year-round to meet the needs of tourists and outdoor recreationist.
Jackson Hole, home of the Grand Teton National Park and the world-famous Grand Teton Mountain Range, and adjoining Yellowstone National Park are a short drive away through majestic mountain passes.
Swan Valley Elementary School is located in Irwin, 5 miles southeast of the Centre at Rainey Creek. The school enrolls about 60 students in grades Pre-K thru 8. Families in the community are very fortunate to have a free Pre-K program for 3 and 4 year old students and a full time kindergarten program. High school students are bused to Ririe High School.
There are four teachers who teach in multiple grade classrooms. Because of the small student count, the staff-to-student ratio is very unique and allows for individualized teaching. For the past several years Swan Valley Elementary School has been recognized by the Idaho State Department of Education for being a top performing school in Idaho. Top Performers must be ranked in the top 10% of schools in the state of Idaho.
Also, because of the richness and abundance of natural wildlife and resources in our area, the students experience opportunities such as skiing, watching the wild salmon run, and naturalist type field trips. They also have a strong art and music program as part of our curriculum and several after school activities such as basketball, volleyball, and Mars Rover. Students have access to a variety of technology, each student has their own iPad, and teaching is enhanced with the use of Apple TV's, smart boards, and a large variety of educational apps. For being a small rural school they are proud to be a state-of-the-art technology school! Every year they proudly present a Missoula Children's Theatre© production each spring, sponsored by either the P.T.O or the Swan Valley School.
The strong P.T.O. also sponsors a 5K Square Scoot Fun Run, a Halloween Carnival each October, and supports our Ski School Program at Grand Targhee each winter. In addition, the community has many wonderful philanthropist that ensure our students have access to opportunities they might not have otherwise had.