Idaho Falls School District 91 is committed to ensuring all students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to be successful and competitive in our ever-changing world. In order to accomplish this, administrators, teachers and staff work to improve student achievement through a culture that empowers, instruction that engages and technology that enables.
The district has three focus areas: Literacy, Numeracy and College and Career Readiness. Our goal is for students to gain mastery in the traditional core subjects of English, Math, Science and Social Studies. We also want them to learn the 21st Century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, which will enable them to become lifelong learners and good citizens.
Idaho Falls School District 91 serves about 10,400 students in Idaho Falls. The district has: 12 elementary schools serving students in K-6, two middle schools serving students in grades 7-8, and four high schools serving students in grades 9-12, including two comprehensive high schools, an alternative high school and Compass Academy, a magnet high school through the New Tech Network.
In Idaho Falls School District 91, you will find:
- An emphasis on student achievement that stresses individual student growth, part of an effort to ensure every child meets his/her potential.
- Curriculum aligned to state and national standards, including the newly adopted Idaho Core Standards, which are part of an ongoing effort to align instruction with college and workplace expectations.
- Technology used in ways that enrich instruction, with a focus on using digital texts, online resources and technology to truly transform not only our learning environments, but also the tasks assigned and products students create.
- Quality teachers devoted to their students, and a commitment to helping our teachers become their best. Working in Professional Learning Communities, our teachers work together to identify what students know and what they need to know, and then identify interventions and instructional strategies that will help students be more successful.
In our elementary schools, you will find:
- A priority is to ensure all students develop the skills they need to read and become lifelong readers. Teachers employ research-based Response To Intervention strategies and provide extra instruction and assistance when needed.
- An inquiry-based science curriculum allows students in most grades to learn like scientists, making observations and doing hands-on activities, which is part of the district’s emphasis on engaging instruction.
- A simulation-based social studies curriculum allows students to live history by collaborating and solving the problems that confronted pilgrims, pioneers and native cultures. The curriculum culminates in 4th grade with a re-enactment of a Mountain Man Rendezvous and in 5th grade with an annual patriotic program.
In our secondary schools, you will find:
- Honors and advanced placement classes in more than a dozen subjects from AP U.S. History to AP Statistics.
- Concurrent credit classes that allow students to earn college credit while still in high school.
- Professional-technical classes that allow students to gain skills in professions like computer technology, horticulture, certified nurses assistant (CNA), emergency medical technician (EMT) and pharmacy tech. In some cases, students can earn the certifications they need to get jobs immediately after high schools.
- A wide variety of elective classes and extra-curricular activities such as orchestra, choir, band, art, foreign languages, debate, athletics and more.