Idaho Falls School District 91 prides itself on providing a world-class education that will prepare students for college, careers and to successfully compete in the 21st Century.
To accomplish this goal, the district is committed to creating learning environments that provide a culture that empowers, instruction that engages and technology that enables.
Students will gain mastery of the traditional core subjects of English, Math, Science and Social Studies, as well as the 21st Century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity that will enable them to become lifelong learners and good citizens.
The fifth largest school district in the Gem State, Idaho Falls School District 91 serves about 10,400 students. The district has: 12 elementary schools serving students in K-6, including A.H. Bush, a math and science magnet school, 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.
District administrators understand the economic, political and entrepreneurial forces driving change in education and the district is responding with innovations designed to benefit students. 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.
- Our students routinely do better on the EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT tests than the state and national averages. In addition, the district typically has seven to eight national merit semi-finalists and finalists each year and our graduating seniors earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year.
- Curriculum aligned to state and national standards, including the newly adopted Common Core Standards, which are part of a national 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 the learning environments but also the tasks assigned and products created.
- Quality teachers devoted to their students, and a commitment to helping our teachers become their best. The district has a cadre of instructional coaches who provide teachers with intensive, individualized instruction to help them improve their instructional methods and increase student achievement.
In our secondary schools, you will find a drive to provide students with opportunities that allow them to excel such as:
- Honors and advanced placement classes in more than a dozen subjects from AP U.S. History to AP Statistics.
- Classes for concurrent credit, allowing students to earn college credit while still in high school.
- A wide variety of elective classes and extra-curricular activities such as orchestra, choir, band, art, foreign languages, debate, athletics and more.
- Classes that reflect our changing world. Skyline High School, for example, has a course in alternative energy studies. The school was also one of the first in the state to have a wind turbine and solar panels. Last year, Skyline students added a green house to the school’s outdoor classroom complex and administrators are revamping the pre-engineering program for students who love math and science.
- 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.
In our elementary schools, you will find a commitment to providing students with the foundation they need to be successful such as:
- 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.
- The district’s music program has expanded in recent years, even while other districts have had to cut their music offerings.