Education in Twin Falls, ID

Schools build solid foundations and enhance them with advanced learning opportunities

By Kevin Litwin on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:19

Public, charter and private schools lay solid educational foundations for Southern Idaho students, while the College of Southern Idaho's satellite campuses and four-year programs enhance them with advanced learning opportunities.

College of Southern Idaho

Besides the College of Southern Idaho's (CSI) main campus in Twin Falls, Blaine County Center in Hailey, Jerome Center in Jerome, Mini-Cassia Center in Burley, and North Side Center in Gooding all offer college courses, business training classes and community education opportunities for students in the college's eight-county service area.

Four-year degrees from Boise State, Idaho State or the University of Idaho are also available on CSI's campus. An extended studies program allows students to complete their first two years of study at CSI, then take junior and senior courses on campus from BSU, ISU or U-Idaho.

CSI opened an Applied Technology and Innovation Center in 2014, which provides specific training programs for students enrolled in four-year programs for environmental technology, heating and air conditioning, and wind energy and manufacturing technology.

Meanwhile, the college's Refugee Program helps political refugees from 11 ethnic populations with relocation and job searches. The center serves refugees from Afghanistan, Armenia, Bhutan/Nepal, Bosnia, Burma, Burundi, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Vietnam.

Private Schools

Southern Idaho private schools include Lighthouse Christian School (K-12) in Twin Falls, St. Edward's Catholic School (Pre-K-6) in Twin Falls and Twin Falls Christian Academy (Pre-K-12).

Charter Schools

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools funded by the state but not supported by local tax revenues. The four in Magic Valley are Xavier Charter School in Twin Falls and North Valley Academy in Gooding, both of which teach all subjects to all grades; Heritage Academy Charter School in Jerome, which serves K-6 students; and ARTEC Charter School with classes throughout the region for students in grades 9-12.

Public Schools

Twin Falls School District
TFSD serves nearly 9,200 students at nine elementary schools (including the new Pillar Falls and Rock Creek elementary schools), two middle schools, one alternative middle school, two high schools and one alternative high school. A third middle school, South Hills Middle, will open in fall 2017 and accommodate 1,000 students.

Jerome School District
More than 3,400 students study in the JSD. Horizon and Jefferson elementary schools accommodate grades K-3, Summit Elementary is for grades 4-5, Jerome Middle has grades 6-8 and Jerome High School has grades 9-12. JHS has recently expanded to include a second gymnasium and a new cafeteria, as well as new science, art and drama classrooms, and a new administrative office. The school's auditorium recently has been renovated, and eight additional classrooms are now on its east side. In addition, SES, JES and JMS are each receiving renovations and new classrooms, and HES is getting a revamped parking area, bus lanes, a drop-off and pick-up area, sprinkler system upgrades and a new roof.

Minidoka County School District
MCSD houses Acequia, Heyburn, Paul and Rupert elementary schools; East Minico and West Minico middle schools; Minico High School and Mt. Harrison Jr./Sr. High School.

Cassia County School District
CCSD includes Burley, Declo, Oakley and Raft River high schools and Burley and Declo junior high schools. The district's elementary schools are Albion, Almo, Declo, Dworshak, Mountain View, Oakley, Raft River and White Pine, and a new facility, John V. Evans Elementary, is currently under construction in South Burley. The district also includes Cassia Alternative High, Cassia Tech Center and Newcomer Center Preschool. Raft River Junior-Senior High, Oakley Junior-Senior High and Declo Elementary are undergoing expansions and renovations that will enable them to more comfortably accommodate existing students and easily welcome additional students in the future.

Blaine County School District
BCSD schools include Carey School for K-12 students; Alturas, Bellevue, Ernest Hemingway and Hailey elementary schools; Wood River Middle School; and Silver Creek and Wood River high schools.

Idaho Digital Learning Academy
IDLA is an online school created by the Idaho State Legislature to provide greater education access for Idaho students in grades 7-12. The school addresses the educational needs of all traditional, home-schooled, at-risk and gifted learners.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years. He was previously an editor for a small-town newspaper for 10 years, and is now...

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