Idaho school districts

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K-12 Education in Idaho
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Tom Luna
Number of students: 279,873[1]
Number of teachers: 15,990
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:17.5
Number of school districts: 149
Number of schools: 762
Graduation rate: 92%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $6,824[3]
See also
Idaho State Department of Education
Idaho school districts
List of school districts in Idaho
School boards portal
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Education policy project
Public education in the United States
Public education in Idaho
Glossary of education terms

Idaho is home to 762 schools and 279,873 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators


The following table displays the state's top seven school districts by total student enrollment.

Student enrollment
1.) Joint School District
2.) Boise School District
3.) Nampa School District
4.) Pocatello-Chubbuck School District No. 25
5.) Coeur d'Alene Public Schools
6.) Idaho Falls School District No. 91
7.) Bonneville Joint School District No. 93


See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Idaho as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[5]

Demographic Information for Idaho's K-12 Public School System
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 3,767 1.35% 1.10%
Asian 3,695 1.32% 4.68%
African American 2,845 1.02% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 963 0.34% 0.42%
Hispanic 45,486 16.25% 24.37%
White 218,400 78.04% 51.21%
Two or More 4,717 1.69% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

State law

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and Governor Butch Otter adopted these standards on January 24, 2011. The standards were fully implemented during the 2013-2014 school year.[6]

School board composition

School board members are elected by residents of the school district. School boards in Idaho generally consist of five members that serve four-year terms. However, there is no state law denoting how many board members a district may have or how long the terms need be.[7]

District types

School districts in Idaho are split into five categories: elementary school districts, school districts (city/county), joint school districts, specially chartered school districts and junior college districts. Elementary school districts are considered grades one through eight and school districts grades one through 12. All school districts may include kindergarten instruction. There no separate secondary school districts under present law.[8]

Term limits

Idaho does not impose statewide term limits on school board members.[9]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Idaho school board elections, 2014

A total of one Idaho school district among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for three seats. Boise School District scheduled elections for September 2, 2014.

The district listed below served 25,107 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[10] Click on the district name for more information on the district and its school board election.

2014 Idaho School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Boise School District 9/2/2014 3 7 25,107

Path to the ballot

Under law, any registered Idaho voter may seek election to the school board in the district in which the voter resides if requirements of the law are met. Qualifications for board members are decided by the district and not the state, however, most districts require candidates be:[11]

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • A registered elector of the school district.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • A resident of the trustee zone which he/she shall represent for 30 days.

Campaign finance

Idaho does not impose campaign finance guidelines for school board candidates at the state level. Guidelines for reporting are generally set forth by the county or district itself.[12]

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "State Education Data Profiles," accessed August 15, 2013
  5. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  6. Common Core: State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State,” accessed July 12, 2014
  7. State of Idaho, "Idaho Statutes," accessed July 10, 2014
  8. United States Census, "Idaho," accessed July 10, 2014
  9. New York Times, "Idaho Legislature Repeals Term Limit Law, Undoing Voter-Approved Measure," February 2, 2002
  10. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  11. SD 365, "Board Member Policies," accessed July 10, 2014
  12. Idaho Secretary of State, "Idaho," accessed July 10, 2014