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Renaissance High School focuses on academic rigor and college readiness. Dozens of students every year complete college degrees while still in high school.

Schools across the valley BY DUSTY PARNELL There are eight school districts across the Boise Valley with a wide variety of choices for students, including charter and magnet schools. The state’s largest school district is the West Ada School District, encompassing Meridian, Eagle, Star and parts of Boise. The Idaho State Board of Education established a goal that 60 percent of Idaho residents between ages 25 and 34 attain a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2022-23. Fast Forward is an Idaho State Department of Education program initiated in 2015 that provides high school juniors up to 75 percent of the cost of taking dualcredit courses, college-credit-bearing exams or professional-technical exams. The goal is to continue to increase college-going rates in Idaho. In 2017, enrollment totals in public schools statewide topped 300,000 for the first time, showing a 1.2 percent growth and a total of 302,332 students. Boise Independent School District A $172.5 million bond was passed in 2017 for 22 construction projects that include a new elementary school at Harris Ranch and the replacement of five other 36

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aging elementary schools. Those projects included the expansion of the Dennis Professional Technical Education Center, a 30,000-square-foot expansion of Timberline High School, a new Amity Elementary School to replace a 1979 building, and renovation of Boise High School’s 1936 gym. In addition, Highlands Elementary School will now see a replacement of the 57-year-old building rather than a remodel. Amity will open in the fall of 2018, and construction of Whittier Elementary will be completed by 2019. With an enrollment of more than 26,000 students, the district has 32 elementary schools, eight junior high schools and five high schools. Boise, Timberline, Borah and Capital recently ranked in top 11 percent of The Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools for the ninth consecutive year. Boise High School has been on the list for 19 consecutive years and Timberline for 16 years. Approximately 22,000 schools in the U.S. are evaluated. At the elementary level, the district continues to offer a variety of choices for students, including Montessori, dual-language immersion, classical and international educational programs and schools. Liberty Elementary School was one

of only two Idaho schools to be recognized recently as a National PTA School of Excellence. Some schools now offer all-day tuition-based kindergarten. The district also offers several alternative and service school opportunities. Frank Church High School is an alternative school to assist those students who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out. Its graduation rate has increased from 28 to 75 percent over the past decade. The Victory Academy at FCHS also teaches job and life skills to help students reintegrate into the community and into traditional education programs. Marion Pritchett School provides a confidential environment for pregnant and parenting young women who want to earn their high school diploma. The school celebrated its 50th year in 2014. This school will be moving to a new $8.5 million campus in West Boise near Emerald Street and Maple Grove Road in a partnership with The Salvation Army Boise. The move will enable the school to increase its enrollment from 50 to 125 students. The Dennis Professional Technical Education Center features a hands-on curriculum with subjects that include automotive technology, business finance, electronics technology, graphic design, precision machining, welding, residential construction, computer technology and health care fields. The Treasure Valley Math and Science Center is a public magnet school that partners with the Boise and West Ada school districts, as well as creating opportunities for research-based internships with organizations involved in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Boise Evening School is for those over the age of 16 who have not graduated but who want to complete their high school education. The Madison Early Childhood Center is dedicated to developmentally disabled preschool children between the ages of 3 and 5. The goal is to better prepare students for school and reduce the need for special education services in elementary school. Caldwell School District This district features six elementary

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2018 Boise Valley Spotlight Magazine  

The Boise Valley Spotlight magazine is our annual membership directory. Together with our publishing partner, the Idaho Statesman, we share...

2018 Boise Valley Spotlight Magazine  

The Boise Valley Spotlight magazine is our annual membership directory. Together with our publishing partner, the Idaho Statesman, we share...