Applying to Chief Joseph

  • Interested in applying to attend Chief Joseph School?  We welcome you!

    General Application Process

    The application period for Wst Ada Schools of Choice, including Chief Joseph School, begins in early January and runs through mid-to-late January for enrollment for the following school year (i.e. apply in January for a space the next fall, incl Kindergarten). Applications are available online; the link to the application is located on our Chief Joseph home page (click on blue "School of Choice Online Application" button). If you need assistance filling out the online application, please contact our school office.

    Online applications must be completed by the due date in order to be considered on time.


    If more students apply than seats are available at any School of Choice in any grade level, then students will be selected by random lottery. All schools of choice, with the exception of Idaho Fine Arts Academy, have a scheduled lottery time. The order in which lotteries are drawn is random and changes yearly. Applicants will be notified by email in mid-to-late February of the lottery results.

    Enrolling in School

    If a student’s name is drawn in the lottery for acceptance to the school, the student's family is asked to submit notice that they accept or decline the position within a given time frame. If the student accepts a position at the school, the student then enrolls. If a student declines, or does not accept the position within the given time frame, the student no longer has a position reserved at that School of Choice.


    There is limited bus service for students attending Chief Joseph, and no shuttle bus transportation from a student's 'home school' to Chief Joseph. Pplease phone our district's Transportation office for more information, #208-229-8500. 


    A student’s traditional school attendance boundary is separate and distinct from a School of Choice boundary. Each School of Choice has a primary boundary, and some have secondary boundaries, from which students are given preference in the lottery over those outside of the boundary borders. In-district applications are considered before out-of-district applications in the lottery process.

    Late Applications

    Late applications are those submitted any time outside of the general application window. Late applications are considered in the order received, regardless of in-district boundary or sibling status. Out-of-district late applications are considered after in-district late applications.