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Welcome to Chief Joseph School of the Arts

  • Chief Joseph School of the Arts is a school of choice in the West Ada district. Students interested in an arts-infused education must first apply through a lottery process for admission to Chief Joseph.

    At our school, academic subjects are taught with the same rigor and to the same standard as in other district elementary schools; the difference at Chief Joseph is that art is integrated into all subject matter.

    In addition, students at Chief Joseph have wonderful opportunities in the visual, dramatic and literary arts, as well as in choral and instrumental music during their 4th and 5th grade years, and are taught the academic and social skills that empower them to be responsible and contributing members in our ever-changing and diverse world.
    Our school’s mission is to pursue excellence in academics, the arts, and character development. Through the arts, our students develop the skills, creativity, and self-confidence to become excellent students and citizens. We are happy to talk with you about our students’ experiences and success here at Chief Joseph.

    Educational research shows that an arts’ focused education helps students become better readers and problem solvers, especially when that art instruction is integrated into the school's curriculum. Through an arts-infused curriculum, students learn to utilize the higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking, analyzing, and decision-making that will help them throughout their lives.