Boise School District News

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Parent Permission Requested for Student Well-Being Survey

Attention Parents of Junior and Senior High School Students:

We are excited to announce that our junior and senior high schools will participate again this year in Communities for Youth’s Boise Student Wellness Survey. Thanks to our students, last year’s survey results provided our mental health professionals and school administrators with evidence about student mental health and well-being. 

What do we do with the results?

The results of the student wellbeing survey gave us valuable information, which identified areas of success as well as opportunities where we can focus. They also serve as an important measurement for our schools and our commitment to creating a responsive culture for learning. 

For example, last year’s survey data resulted in the District’s first mental health summit, where junior and senior high school principals were provided with their school-specific data and encouraged to develop resources and activities directly related to student wellbeing and school culture.

Survey Questions & Parental Permission

The success of this survey will rely on engagement and trust. This year, you will have to opt-in your junior or senior high school student to participate in this survey, rather than opt-out. Your approval is required for your student to take the survey.

Providing a welcoming, responsive culture where every child can learn is a goal we all share at Boise School District. Of course, if you have any additional questions, please reach out to your school principal.

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Idaho Parents Invited to Register for Curricular Materials Selection Committee

The Idaho State Department of Education and the Idaho State Board of Education are currently accepting applications for the Curricular Materials Selection Committee. The department will continue to accept applications until all spots are filled. There are still vacancies available for Idaho parents. Please add your voice to the conversation about classroom materials and student success. Committee members evaluate all textbooks/instructional materials offered for adoption and make recommendations to the State Board of Education.

Visit the Selection Committee Application
Download Additional Information on the Committee

Pillars for Parents

Please join us for Pillars for Parents on October 24th from 5:30-7pm at Liberty Elementary School, 1740 E. Bergeson St. Boise. This workshop will share with parents and guardians how the Boise School District uses positive strategies and practical skills to manage behaviors within our schools. We look forward to sharing this information with the parents of the Boise School District so we can create common language and strategies between home and school environments. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Nord at [email protected] or 208-559-3107.

Enroll Today!

Boise School Board Corner

Students Share Experiences with Board of Trustees

Dennis Technical Education Center (DTEC) students Paige McKenzie and Eugie Johnson (pictured) gave a presentation to the Boise School Board of Trustees during the Board's September 11th, Board meeting about student experiences at DTEC. Paige is a junior at Capital High School and is part of the DTEC Medical Assisting program. She also took part in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program last year. Eugie is a senior at Borah High School, third year at DTEC in the Collision and Repair program. They highlighted some of the exciting competition opportunities offered in the programs. Thank you for a great presentation, Paige and Eugie!

About Dennis Technical Education Center

The Dennis Technical Education Center offers a wide array of career prep programs, including graphic design, cyber security, construction trades, plumbing, HVAC and electrical trades, dental assisting, and so much more.

Enrollment at DTEC is open for 10th-12th grade students enrolled in Boise schools as well as online school, home school, or charter school. If you’re interested in supplementing your high school education with a DTEC program, check out the course catalog and find more information about how to enroll on our website here:

Learn More About DTEC

Safe Routes to School Event Draws Families

Thank you to all who joined us for the Safe Routes to School event at our NEWEST school: Dallas Harris Elementary School (opening Monday, October 23rd!) Thank you so much to the Dallas Harris Green Team for organizing this excellent event (held on Saturday, September 30th) to make sure kids and families get to school SAFELY (and sustainably, too)! @dallasharrispto

Food Pantry Helps Students in Need

Capital High School now has a fully-stocked food pantry. From milk & juice to mac & cheese to fresh fruit & cereal, students can focus on learning rather than an empty stomach. All made possible by the phenomenal folks Albertsons Companies and Kellogg's and the Boise Public Schools Foundation!

Thanks to community partners, Capital High School has a new Food Pantry to support students.

Thanks to the support of community partners, Capital High School has a new Food Pantry to support any student in need. Watch video to learn more.

AVID Helps Students Succeed

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a proven college readiness system, established over 35 years ago, that uses research-based strategies and curriculum to help close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID is a school-wide approach to curriculum and rigor.

Boise School District first implemented AVID at Fairmont Junior High in 2006. Fairmont is a National AVID Demonstration School. Demonstration Schools undergo a rigorous validation process and are required to be revalidated every few years to ensure high levels of implementation, with quality and fidelity to AVID strategies schoolwide. The AVID system has been implemented in every junior high and high school in the Boise School District. In addition, elementary students are being exposed to AVID strategies such as focused note-taking, binder organization and WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading) strategies. Watch the following short video to learn more.

Learn More About AVID
Nominate a Student Here

Band Students Learn "On The Blue"

Attention Learners of All Ages! Attend Community STEAM Day

Interested in Athletics?

Boise School District has always been highly regarded for academic achievements. At the same time, we have always been considered a leader throughout Idaho and the Pacific Northwest in the area of athletics. Many of our programs have become models for other districts. Below are the try-out dates and first days of practice for the 2023-2024 athletics program. Please contact your school for more information.

Expand Your Knowledge and Skills with Community Education!

Are you looking to expand your knowledge and skills? Look no further than our Community Education Program! Our Fall program offers a wide range of courses and workshops designed to meet the needs and interests of our community. From cooking classes to computer skills, we have something for everyone. Our experienced instructors are passionate about teaching and are committed to helping you achieve your goals. Enrolling is easy, simply visit our website. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn and grow with us. Enroll in our Community Education Program today!

Review our Fall 2023 Community Education course catalog to learn more. 

Enroll Today!

Early Childhood Special Education - FREE Developmental Screener Available

Boise School District's Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program provides services to children 3-5 years old, who qualify for special education services. The program goals, curriculum and materials are developmentally appropriate and geared to the differing ability levels of each child. Children attending the ECSE classroom are provided a high quality program, and a safe and nurturing environment. This program promotes and integrates the cognitive, communication, physical, social, emotional, and self-help areas of development through classroom activities.

Boise School District offers a Free Developmental Screener for children ages 3-5 years old with developmental concerns.

BSD Developmental Screening Information 2023-2024 Spanish Language Version

Supporting Student & Family Well-Being
Boise School District families can access free, confidential counseling, consultation and referral services through the Student and Family Assistance Program. This program provides short-term, solution-focused assistance to enrolled K-12 students and their immediate families.
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Gifts. Passions. Dreams. Possibilities.
Boise School District's Everything's Possible movement shares the dreams, aspirations and experiences of our students and teachers. As a parent, you see your child’s potential. And we see it, too. Everything’s possible.

Grit, determination, and teamwork on display at football practice! From the field to life, our student-athletes learn invaluable lessons through working together. Go team!

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Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides eligible households with a discount on broadband service and connected devices.

Consumers can access the online application for the ACP at This site can also be accessed in Spanish at

Student Device Monitoring 

A reminder to parents that Boise School District provides parents/guardians with the ability to monitor your student’s activity on their District-assigned digital device via the GoGuardian Parent App: 

Keep In Contact
Parents - Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging: The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians. Learn more and sign-up.

Non-Parents - Mobile App Available: Boise School District has a mobile app to improve communication to you. The app offers emergency alerts and is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Our Commitment to School Safety & Security
Dates of Interest
  • October 9: Boise School Board regular monthly meeting, 6 p.m., District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise. When available, meeting agenda will be posted online.
  • October 9-13: National School Lunch Week Celebration.
  • October 13: End of First Quarter - Elementary Pre K-6 No School
  • October 18: No School Pre K
  • October 19: No Pre K-6 Elementary Classes - Parent Conferences
  • Elementary evening conferences will be held Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 until 7:30 p.m.
  • Junior High evening conferences will be held Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday October 18, 4-7 p.m.
  • High School evening conferences will be held Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19, 4-7 p.m.
  • October 19: Community STEAM Day @ Boise Public Library's Main Branch. All learners invited. Learn more...
  • October 20: No School Pre K-12
  • November 20-24: Autumn Break - No School Pre K-12
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