High School Options
Meridian has a variety of high school options for students! Please take a look at the information below and follow the links to the school websites to gain valuable information about each of the options! There may be additional options depending on where your student lives. As always, please contact your student's grade level counselor if you have questions or for more information!Rocky Mountain High School (RMHS): https://www.westada.org/Page/111The Grizzlies! Many SMS students live within the Rocky Mountain boundaries and Rocky would be their natural home school.Meridian High School (MHS): http://westada.org/Domain/56MTCHS is a free public high school in Meridian. MTCHS "provides a comprehensive professional-technical education in: Computer Science, Microcontrollers and Electronics, Network Systems and Support, and Web and Media Development." At the same time they also offer a complete high school academic program. There is an application process for attending MTCHS, so please contact your counselor, visit the MTCHS website or contact MTCHS for more information and for how to apply. The deadline for applying to MTCHS is February 10th, 2017. The lottery drawing is the following week on February 17th, 2017. The next event, The MTCHS Experience, will take place at MTCHS will be on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30. Click here for the presentation used at the MTCHS Experience
RHS is a good fit for students who are prepared to do homework and are academically ready for a very challenging and rewarding program
Admission is by lottery – no preference is given for good grades, test scores, recommendations, etc.
Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School is a charter school in Meridian that emphasizes the health sciences. There is an application process for attending MMACHS so please contact your counselor, visit the MMACHS website or contact them directly for more information and how to apply.Idaho Fine Arts Academy is a 6-12th grade school within the West Ada School district. Students audition to attend and are enrolled in one of the five majors that IFAA offers (dance, drama, instrumental, visual art or vocal). Auditions are held each February for the following year and links are available in January to secure a spot to audition. If your student is interested in auditioning please contact your counselor, visit the IFAA website or contact IFAA directly for more information.Central Academy is a public alternative high school in the West Ada School District. Central offers all the courses necessary forIdaho graduation and is available for students who have attempted to attend a traditional high school but have been failing academically or for students coming from an A Non-Traditional Middle School. Certain criteria must be met for attendance so please contact your counselor or Central Academy for more information.Professional Technical (PT) / Career & Technical Education (CTE) Magnet Programs: http://www.westada.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=208
The only admission requirement is proficient standardized test scores in Spring of 8th grade (level 3)
Honors level curriculum – (all English and Science classes are Honors, lowest math class is Honors HS Math 1, accelerated US History class in 9th)
2 years of Foreign Language required (must take in 9th and 10th grade – options are Spanish, Arabic and Chinese) No other district high school requires foreign language.
More required classes in the 9th and 10th grade – US History, Research, Foreign Language
11th and 12th grade – students choose between 2 very rigorous programs - International Baccalaureate or Associates Degree from Idaho State University.
RHS students CAN NOT attend classes at other schools – all slots are full-time.
Sports can be played at home high school
4 year planner – students can fill out for the home high school and we will modify in the fall of 9th grade
Encourage parents and students to come to our open house (Jan 12th). Session 1 from 6:00-7:00. Session 2 from 7:15-8:15.
We do NOT do individualized tours.
Students who attend their zoned home high school are eligible to take Career and Technical Education (CTE) program classes. The district offers 17 CTE Magnet Programs, which are sequenced career-training courses that lead to industry certifications, college credits, preparation for industry exams, internships and/or externships. This means that students can take these classes and earn credits towards graduation as well as learn workplace skills through applied hands-on learning! Some programs offer four years of coursework and begin in 9th grade whereas other programs begin in 10th grade. Students register for these free training classes like any other elective high school class during Spring Registration. Many of the 10th-12th grade classes are taught at a CTE Center where classrooms are equipped with state-of-art equipment. Shuttle busing is available for each high school. Only a few classes require self-transportation due to externships at local businesses. When they travel off-campus to a CTE class, they go every other day for a half day. For more details about these special opportunities, go to: www.westada.org/CTE
Dena Pengilly is coming to Sawtooth on FEBRUARY 10th to share CTE information with each of our 8th grade PE classes.
She will present the CTE Magnet Program offerings. The new acronym, CTE, refers to Career & Technical Education. The change from Professional Technical Education (PTE) to CTE came about this year when the Idaho State Division aligned to the national trend.
Click here for the flyer that highlights these programs. These program classes are elective class options open only to full-time EHS, CHS, RMHS, MHS and MVHS students who attend their home high school. Students register for these classes in the Spring like any other home high school class. There is no special application. Some of the programs are 4 years of sequenced classes so this is why we address programs details as well as travel logistics in 8th grade. Students do not travel part-time to take these classes in 9th grade. Only upper level classes are offered at centralized CTE Centers. In some cases, such as Advanced Culinary Arts, students do not travel to a CTE Center until their senior year if they opt to finish the entire program.West Ada has three CTE Centers: Full details are at www.westada.org/CT· CTE Center – Meridian Campus· CTE Center – Renaissance Campus (RHS students also have access to CTE program classes taught at this campus only.)· CTE Center – Centennial CampusOur newest program to open is Computer Science. We offer two, four-year pathways (sequenced classes) in Programming and Web Design. Students begin by taking their 9th grade classes at their home high schools. After that 10th – 12th graders, who opt to continue on in both or either program, leave their home high school campus on a part-time basis (half day, every other day) to travel to the CTE Center - Centennial Campus where they enter specialized computer classrooms and meet students from throughout the district. Busing is offered. Learn more about the Computer Science Program at https://www.westada.org/Page/23588