Why Boise Schools?

Great things are happening in your Boise schools.

At our core, we are about rigor, achievement, citizenship, and college and career readiness. Our focus continues to pay dividends for our students. Our SAT scores are among the highest of any large school district in Idaho. Our college-going rate continues to increase (topping 60% in 2014), and we have more students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math than in any other area.

For the fifth year in a row—thanks to our broad offering of Advanced Placement courses— Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline were ranked in the top 9% of the Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. And at the elementary level, we continue to offer more choices for students than any other district, including Montessori, Dual-Language Immersion, Classical and International educational programs and schools. For more information, please click "What's New" in Boise Schools.

Nationally ranked high schools

All four of Boise’s comprehensive high schools, Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline have been ranked among the top 9% in the country by The Washington Post for the past five years.

Advanced Placement

Our Advanced Placement program offers at least 23 AP offerings in each comprehensive high school, earning our students thousands of credit waivers and college credits at universities across the country. Boise students take more than 3400 AP exams a year. About 40% of juniors and seniors take AP exams with 74% of those earning college credit. Research shows that even taking one AP exam increases a student’s success in college.

Commitment to Music and the Arts

Including band, orchestra, and choir programs beginning in elementary grades, the District’s outstanding art program offers coursework including ceramics, painting and drawing.

The AVID Program

A college-preparatory program for junior and senior high school students who are performing in the academic middle

International Program and Dual Language Opportunities

Courses offer the study of world cultures and exposure to the Spanish language.

Montessori Program

Students become actively involved in the education process through hands-on experimentation and discovery

Accelerated Education Programs

The Treasure Valley Math and Science Center serves students who excel in math and science. We also offer an array of programs for Gifted and Talented students.

Additional Education Programs and Focus Schools

  • All-day kindergarten program offered in several schools
  • Classical Education program, which includes instruction in Latin
  • Professional Technical Education program that offers students a quality, industry-aligned, hands-on education
  • English Language Learner programs
  • Extensive Special Education programs
  • A Harbor method elementary school with a focus on core knowledge and direct instruction methods