Star Valley Characteristics
Star Valley is a Wyoming mountain valley about 10-15 miles wide and
approximately 45 miles long, running north and south along the
Wyoming-Idaho border. The valley is bordered on the west by the
Caribou and Webster mountain ranges and on the east by the
Salt River Range.
The valley floor elevation ranges from 5,600 at the north end to above 7,000 feet at the south end.
Thus, locals refer to the northern part of the valley as the ‘Lower
Valley,’ and the southern part as the ‘Upper Valley.’
The Upper and Lower Valleys are joined by a narrow fault in the rock
formation known as the Narrows. The Salt River runs through the
Narrows joining the Snake and Greys Rivers to form Palisades
Reservoir near Alpine, Wyoming.
Star Valley is known for its long winters and heavy snowfall. Because
of the shelter offered by the surrounding mountains, winter
wind is not usually a problem, although temperatures as low as
30 degrees below zero are not uncommon. Winter weather usually
lasts from late fall to early spring and creates a very short
growing season of about 50 days.
The population centers are spread out from Alpine on the north and approximately 42 miles south to Smoot
Between Alpine and Smoot are the small communities of Etna, Freedom,
Thayne, Bedford, Turnerville, Auburn, Grover, Afton, Fairview
SVHS’ student population is 47% female and 53% male. This is
quite a change from last year when the student body was nearly
The student population consists of 12 Asian students, 7 black students, 32 Hispanic, 4 Indian students, and 647 white students.
The percentage of students that are considered economically disadvantaged, a statistic based on free or reduced lunch, is 35%.
There is a total of 702 students that attend SVHS
We have had 3 students that received the Daniels Scholarship.
The Star Valley community gave over $85,000 in scholarship money.
The schools graduation rate is 90.95%.
The total amount of money received from scholarships was $917,878.00.