School rankings are essential to consider when moving to a new area or new construction community, especially if you have school-aged children. Idaho is home to several great school districts and award-winning schools, allowing students to strive for academic excellence.
We visited a few different education ranking websites to identify the top-rated schools in Idaho. We used Niche.com, Great Schools, and School Digger to arrive at the results. Each of these websites uses different educational criteria to rank schools and sometimes arrive at different conclusions.
For instance, they look at publicly available information such as Department of Education data, including spending and testing results. The Idaho Department of Education also has a great site for researching schools and school districts.
We’ve compiled the ratings and have listed some of the top elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in the Boise area.
There are two central school districts in the Boise area, the Boise School District and the West Ada School District. Boise was the first school district in the Gem State, and West Ada is the largest school district in Idaho, with nearly 41,000 students attending its schools.
Let’s dive into the Idaho school rankings.
Boise School District School Rankings
Highlands Elementary School
3434 Bogus Basin Road
Boise, ID 83702-1507
Highlands Elementary School is ranked 3rd in the state by School Digger and checks in at #15 according to Niche’s rankings. It also received a perfect 10/10 from Great Schools. Test results for this school show students are far exceeding the state’s averages for education, performing at or above their grade level.
Longfellow Elementary School
1511 North 9th Street
Boise, ID 83702-3614
School Digger has Longfellow Elementary as the 6th best elementary school in the state. Niche says the school is the 9th best public elementary school in Idaho, while Great Schools gives it a 7/10 score.
Roosevelt Elementary School
908 East Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83712-7903
Roosevelt Elementary is ranked 8th in the state according to School Digger. Niche has the 17th best school in Idaho, while Great Schools gives it an 8/10 rating.
Riverside Elementary School
2100 East Victory Road
Boise, ID 83706-5024
School Digger says Riverside Elementary School ranks 11th in the state among other elementary schools. Niche ranks it 22nd in the state, and Great Schools gives it a 7/10 rating.
Adams Elementary School
1725 East Warm Springs Avenue
Boise, ID 83712-8149
Adams Elementary is ranked 15th in the state according to School Digger. Niche has it as the 38th best school in Idaho, with Great Schools giving it a rating of 7/10.
East Junior High School
5600 East Warm Springs Avenue
Boise, ID 83716-8700
School Digger ranks East Junior High 11th in the state for middle schools. Niche ranks it as the 6th best middle school in Idaho, while Great Schools gives it a rating of 5/10.
North Junior High
1105 North 13th Street
Boise, ID 83702-4199
Ranked 12th among other middle schools in Idaho, according to School Digger, North Junior High is heralded by Niche as being 13th best. Great Schools gives it a rating of 6/10.
West Junior High
8371 West Salt Creek Court
Boise, ID 83709-5019
School Digger ranks West Junior High 20th in the state among other middle schools. Niche ranks the school 34th, and Great Schools gives it a 5/10.
Boise Senior High School
1010 West Washington Street
Boise, ID 83702-5446
School Digger ranks Boise Senior High as 6th in the state for high schools. However, Niche says the school is #1. Great Schools gives Boise Senior High a 6/10 rating.
West Ada School District School Rankings
550 West Producer Drive
Meridian, ID 83646-5919
In Meridian, Idaho, Paramount Elementary School is the top-rated elementary school in the state according to School Digger’s rankings. It also receives a 10/10 rating from Great Schools, showing a commitment to students, earning above-average marks for test scores and progress.
Discovery Elementary School
2100 East Leigh Field Drive
Meridian, ID 83642-2590
Another highly ranked school in Meridian is Discovery Elementary. Ranked 4th in the state by School Digger, Discovery attained 76th in the state by Niche. Great Schools gives Discovery a 10/10 rating.
Pioneer School of the Arts
13255 West McMillian Road
Boise, ID 83713-0530
School Digger ranks the Pioneer School of the Arts 5th among elementary schools in Idaho. Niche ranks Pioneer 42nd in the state, and Great Schools doesn’t offer a rating.
Eagle Hills Elementary School
650 Ranch Drive
Eagle, ID 83616-5114
Eagle Hills is Ranked 7th by School Digger. It is also ranked 39th best among elementary schools by Niche. Great Schools also gives Eagle Hills a 10/10 rating.
Hunter Elementary School
2051 West McMillan Road
Meridian, ID 83642-5149
School Digger Ranks Hunter 9th in the state of Idaho among elementary schools. Niche ranks the school 56th in the state, and Great Schools gives it a 9/10 rating.
Victory Middle School
920 West Kodiak Drive
Meridian, ID 83642-8242
School Digger ranks Victory Middle School 1st in the state among the state’s middle schools. Niche ranks Victory as the 15th best middle school in Idaho. Great Schools gives it a 10/10 ranking.
Heritage Middle School
4990 North Meridian Road
Meridian, ID 83646-5064
School Digger ranks Heritage 2nd, with Niche saying the school is 10th within the state. Great Schools gives Heritage a 10/10 rating.
Eagle Middle School
1000 West Floating Feather
Eagle, ID 83616-3702
Niche ranks Eagle Middle School 20th in the state, while School Digger says it’s 4th among middle schools. Meanwhile, Great Schools gives it a rating of 7/10.
Sawtooth Middle School
3730 North Linder Road
Meridian, ID 83646-5416
School Digger ranks Sawtooth 5th in Idaho among its middle schools. Niche says the school is 25th in the state and Great Schools gives it an 8/10 rating.
Renaissance High School
1307 East Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642-7991
School Digger ranks Renaissance 1st in high schools in Idaho, and Niche says it’s 4th. Great Schools gives it a 10/10 rating.
Rocky Mountain High School
5450 North Linder Road
Meridian, ID 83642-6106
Rocky Mountain High is known for its high school athletics. School Digger ranks it 5th among other high schools in the state. Niche ranks the school 18th, and Great Schools rates it 8/10.
Mountain View High School
2000 South Millennium Way
Meridian, ID 83642-1551
School Digger ranks Mountain View 8th in the state among high schools. Niche says the school is 29th ranked according to its criteria and Great Schools gives Mountain View High a rating of 6/10.
The Last Word
As you can see, school ratings and rankings tend to vary based on the available information and how deep the websites wish to go in terms of using that data to formulate rankings.
Generally, the community regards these schools well, and some of the statistics may not necessarily reflect the quality of the schools or the education they provide.
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