Idaho Falls School District 91 is committed to providing access to services offered in the Administration Office. The following services are typically offered in the basement of the Administration Office:

  • Information Technology,
  • Consulting Teachers for Special Education,
  • Medicaid Billing,
  • Education Foundation.

If you wish to make arrangements for one of the foregoing services so that it may transpire on the main floor of the Administration Office, please contact the district receptionist at the front desk in the Administration Office, or call (208) 525-7500 to make arrangements. Please allow 48 hours for arrangements to be completed. The District will undertake reasonable efforts to accommodate requests made with less than 48 hours notice.

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.

Why Late Start Mondays?
Teachers use this time to study student achievement data; review and implement the new curriculum that has been developed to meet the new Idaho Core Standards; and discuss teaching strategies, best practices and interventions that will address students' specific learning needs. So, for example, teachers working together may identify one kind of instruction to help a struggling student gain proficiency in a particular subject area and another kind of instruction to help advanced students deepen their knowledge and understanding of that subject.

How will teachers work together?
Teachers are organized in groups called professional learning communities, which will work to accomplish specific goals during the year.

What is a Professional Learning Community?
A professional learning community or PLC provides a structured way for teachers to collaborate and ensure high levels of learning for all students.

How do Professional Learning Communities work?
Teachers are divided into groups or PLCs that will identify specific goals and then work to achieve those goals. Part of this work will involve a shift from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning. Learn More. This focus on learning is shaped by four critical questions:*

  • What do we want students to learn? What should each student know and be able to do as a result of each unit, grade level, and/or course?
  • How will we know if they have learned? Are we monitoring each student's learning on a timely basis?
  • What will we do if they don't learn? What systematic process is in place to provide additional time and support for students who are experiencing difficulty?
  • What will we do if they already know it?

* What Is A PLC, www.solution-tree.com

Is there any research that shows this new calendar will really have an impact on student achievement?
There is extensive research about the benefits of teacher collaboration and PLCs. School districts around the country and around the state have implemented similar calendars and seen good results. 

Why can't teachers do this kind of work after school?
District administrators reviewed a number of calendar options, including calendars providing time for after-school collaboration. However, that option was not selected because teachers already have many after-school obligations such as staff meetings, meetings with students and parents, extra-curricular activities, department meetings and more. These conflicts and commitments would make it impossible for teachers to work together on a consistent basis.

Aren't students going to lose valuable instruction time with the new calendar? Wouldn't students be better off just spending more time in school?
Research shows an effective teacher has the greatest impact on student achievement. The goal of Late Start Mondays, along with the accompanying staff development plan, is to make our teachers more effective in the classroom by providing them with the tools, resources and support they need to be successful. Research shows that professional development is most effective when it is provided in an ongoing and sustained manner rather than sporadic such as teachers attending conferences or classes. For professional development to have a positive impact in the classroom, it must be embedded in the teacher's day-to-day job responsibilities, tied to the goals set by the school and the district, and focused on results.

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.
  • Career & Technical classes that allow students to gain skills in professions like automotive technology, computer technology, business and finance, teaching assistant, certified nursing assistant (CNA), emergency medical technician (EMT) and pharmacy technician in training. 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.

Statewide ISAT results from school year 2015-2016 show increases statewide in all grades for Mathematics and English Language Arts.  State Superintendent Ybarra said, “Even though this is just a snapshot in the day of the lives of our student, and just one of the many indicators that we have to measure growth, it does reflect the hard work that is being done by educators across our great state to support students in their educational achievements. While improvements are being seen, we can't forget, that in addition, we have also seen improvements on our SAT scores as well; therefore, this also a great opportunity to take the time to congratulate our students on a job well done!"

The 2015-2016 state report card can be viewed at this link. Navigate to page 3 for District 91 and click on the arrow next 91 for a list of our schools. 

 

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