Pocatello: A Focus on Education

Quality schools benefit residents across the education continuum

On Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 09:36

Families in the Pocatello and Chubbuck community are served by the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25, several charter and private schools, and Idaho State University.

K-12 Education

Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 comprises elementary, middle and senior high schools, a Montessori school and an early intervention center. In a 2012 state-issued report card, Pocatello/Chubbuck public schools exceeded the state's goal of graduating 90 percent of high school seniors, graduating 95 percent. The district also reported that it is closing the achievement-score gaps between white, black, Hispanic and Native American students.

Century High School repeatedly has made The Washington Post’s list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” a ranking based on graduation rates, average SAT and ACT scores and percent of graduating students who enroll in four-year schools.

The area also offers two public charter schools, Pocatello Community Charter School, serving 350 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and Connor Academy Charter School, formerly Academy Charter School, renamed in honor of Connor Dixon, an autistic boy who attended kindergarten there before his death from cancer in 2008. The new 50,000-square foot facility in Chubbuck serves kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

Parents may also choose from high-quality private schools. Grace Lutheran School teaches pre-kindergarten through eighth- grade students. Holy Spirit Catholic School, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is accredited through the Western Catholic Educational Association. Calvary Chapel Christian School offers a unique Christian educational experience for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Idaho State University

Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution founded in 1901, attracts students from around the world to its Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, ISU offers more than 250 programs to almost 15,000 students. ISU is the state's lead institution in health professions and medical education, awarding 75 percent of the state's health profession degrees.

ISU faculty and students perform cutting-edge research and develop innovative solutions in energy, health professions, nuclear research, teaching humanities, engineering, performing and visual arts, technology, biological sciences, pharmacy and business. The university's campuses afford exceptional academics amid an outdoor-lover's paradise. Students also get involved in more than 150 ISU clubs and organizations, as well as its 15 Division I athletic teams, which compete in the Big Sky Conference.