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The Star Middle School opens in Fall 2018.

feature Career Technical Education facilities. The school will not field athletic teams. Teed Middle School has been converted from an elementary school to help meet the demand and will open in the fall of 2018. Serving more than 5,000 students, this district has one high school, one alternative high school, two middle schools and seven elementary schools. Free full-day kindergarten will be offered by the district for the 2018-19 school year. Middleton School District This district has more than 4,000 students in six schools — three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school and an alternative school. ATLAS School features smaller class sizes and an environment where students who have struggled in other settings can succeed. With new growth in the area, the district hopes to add a new elementary school in the future. Nampa School District This school district is Canyon County’s largest employer with 24 schools and more than 15,200 students. New Horizons is a dual-language 38

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magnet school and one of the district’s largest elementary schools with a student body of 520 from kindergarten through fifth grade. The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) named Jeffrey Stoppenhagen the 2017-2018 Idaho Educator of the Year. He is the speech and debate teacher and coach at Columbia High School and East Valley Middle School. The district’s four middle schools offer a pre-engineering program that allows students to explore problem-solving in a fun, hands-on way. The district also features career technical education programs (CTE) that provide a variety of choices for high school students to explore different career opportunities. Many of the programs offer industry certification and/or college credit. Classes include automotive technology, agriculture science, graphics communication-broadcasting technology, graphics communicationphotography technology, drafting technology, health professions, information technology, law enforcement, professionals in education, pre-engineering, residential construction, welding, early childhood development, power sports and small engine repair and business technology. Vallivue School District The district has seen a 3 percent growth over the past decade, adding about 200250 students each year. But as the fastest growing district, a 4 to 5 percent growth is projected in the next few years, which means about 450 to 500 new students every year. The 2017-18 enrollment topped 9,000 for the first time. Ridgevue High School is the district’s second high school, and it opened in 2016. The mascot is a P-40 Warhawk. Starting with 1,100 students, it has a capacity for 1,800 students. Skyway Elementary School opened its doors in 2017. It is the seventh elementary school in the district. The district is looking to expand in the future with the addition of another elementary school and new middle school. Meanwhile, Vallivue High School made the Washington Post list of Most

Challenging High Schools for 2017, featuring the top 11 percent of schools across the country. The district’s overall goal is to put 100 percent of its students on a college/career path by 2020. This district began with about a dozen rural schoolhouses scattered throughout the Canyon County countryside. The school district formed in 1961 and was followed by the opening of Vallivue High School in 1963. Today, the district has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, two alternative schools and a charter school. Students come from Caldwell, Nampa and nearby rural areas. West Ada School District (formerly Meridian School District) The Meridian Joint School District saw an apt name change in 2015 to the West Ada School District. It serves 39,000 students in Eagle, Meridian, Star and parts of Boise and covers more than 380 square miles. In the past dozen years, the district has opened new schools at a faster pace than any district in the history of Idaho. In March 2018, a $95 million bond passed, and proceeds will be used to build a new high school and a new elementary school, as well as expansion of two current schools. Victory Middle School and Hillsdale Elementary School both opened in 2016. Star Middle School will be ready in fall 2018. Meridian is also the second-largest city in the state, and enrollment is expected to continue to rise at an unprecedented rate for several years to come due in part to an added 14,500 households. There are currently eight middle schools and two alternative schools. The district also recently added a Computer Science Magnet Program at Centennial High School. About 85 percent of students graduated high school, which tops the state average of 79 percent. Fresco Arts Academy joined the district after a seven-year history as a private academy and changed its name to the Idaho Fine Arts Academy. After joining, enrollment nearly doubled. The music, art, dance and theater programs fill a void the

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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...