Students preparing for life after high school.

The knowledge, skills and attributes students need for success beyond high school.

Idaho Falls School District 91’s goal is for students to graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need to be successful in high school and beyond. Our teachers work to provide students with critical knowledge in core subjects such as English, Science, History and Math. They also help students develop skills such as critical thinking and collaboration, research and creativity, as well as attributes such as persistence, confidence and responsibility.

They work to create a culture in our schools that will empower students and prepare them to pursue some kind of post-secondary education after graduation. Research shows some kind of post-secondary education is more important than ever in order for our students to compete and be successful.  In fact, in the coming years, two out of three new jobs in Idaho will require more than a high school education, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. So, we encourage students to work hard and prepare themselves for life beyond high school, which could include a technical or trade school, a two-year college or a four-year university. 

Support Your Child's Learning At Home:

  • Talk to your child about what they like to do and what they might want to do when they grow up.
  • Help them develop their interests. Sign them up for a dance class or a basketball team or a chess club or a robotics program.
  • Talk to them about different kinds of jobs, and the kinds of things people do in those jobs.
  • Help them develop some of the attributes that are key to success in the 21st Century. Encourage them to be persistent and solve problems on their own. Challenge them to think critically, and to be creative.
  • Encourage your child to do well in school, and to take classes that challenge them or inspire them.
  • Become familiar with the classes offered in middle school, and high school, and learn about our professional-technical programs that allow students to earn college and credit or certifications while still in high school.

literacy

The quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write, listen and speak.

In today's fast-moving world, it is critical that students develop the literacy skills they need to be able to read, write, think and communicate effectively. These literacy skills are a major component of the Idaho Core Standards, which were adopted as part of a statewide effort to ensure Idaho students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to be successful beyond high school.

Our teachers and staff help students develop these literacy skills in a number of different ways. In our elementary schools the focus is providing students with a strong foundation in reading, as well as writing. Students are also being introduced to a wider variety of reading materials, including more non-fiction. They also are writing more, and are being encouraged to develop a point of view and then support it with research. In our secondary schools, teachers are using Literacy Design Collaboratives or LDCs to teach literacy in all content areas including subjects such as PE, music and science.  

Support Your Child's Learning At Home:

  • Be sure reading is encouraged and rewarded at home.

  • Read together as a family. As your child matures as a reader, take turns reading to him or having her read to you.

  • Encourage your child to read different kinds of material such like poetry, science or other non-fiction or newspaper or magazine articles about topics that interest them.

  • Buy your child a subscription to a magazine such as National Geographic Kids or Sports Illustrated Kids or Highlights.

  • Encourage your child to write. Children can easily write letters, Thank You notes or record family activities in a journal.

Tell us what you think of the recent bond election

 

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK about the recent bond election. The School Board would like input on the best way to move forward with ideas to upgrade our high schools. While 58 percent of patrons voted in favor of the recent $110 million bond proposal, the measure failed because it needed a super majority.

Teacher with student doing math

The ability to confidently and effectively use mathematics to meet the everyday demands of life.

As our teachers and staff implement the new Idaho Core Standards, the focus is on providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to apply what they're learning about mathematics in the classroom to real-world problems.

In grades K-6 the district uses Math in Focus, a curriculum designed to give students a deeper, richer understanding of mathematics. Students are encouraged to solve problems, think critically and develop a mathematical mindset that will serve them well beyond high school. These skills are further developed in our middle school and high school math classes. 

Support Your Child's Learning At Home:

  • Make math part of everyday life at home.

  • Sort and classify treasures or collections. Do you have all the same-sized screws or keys or marbles? How are they alike? How are they different? How many are there?

  • Compare and contrast with your child. Ask them questions such as: “Which glass has more water in it? Which bowl has less food?

  • Tell addition, subtraction, multiplication and division stories. For example, if we share 17 buttons among three friends, how many will each get? Will there be any left over? What if we shared them with two friends?

  • Together with your child, keep track of the time he or she spends watching television, doing homework, playing with friends or taking part in sports. Create a graph to show how time is spent over a week or a month.