• Chief Joseph School of the Arts Profile 2018-2019

    Educating Students in Grades K-5


    School Pride:

    Recognized in 2018 as an Idaho Blue Ribbon School, Chief Joseph Elementary takes great pride in its students' academic success and encourages high levels of student and family engagement.  The Chief Joseph School mission is to pursue excellence in academics, the arts, and character development; staff are dedicated to helping students become good citizens and strong students. While admission to our K-5 school requires acceptance through the West Ada School District lottery, and families can apply to Chief Joseph regardless of home address, most of our students live in the surrounding neighborhoods and walk or bike to school. Chief Joseph is a Title I school, an English Learners magnet school, and a School of Choice in the arts, meaning students are given additional opportunities in the fine arts, musical arts and dramatic arts.  Built in 1991, Chief Joseph continues to be a vital, inclusive, high-achieving elementary school - we welcome your interest and involvement!

    The Chief Joseph mascot is the Appaloosa and our colors are teal, black and white. 



    Gretchen Hart, Principal

    Jill Iverson, Assistant Principal



    43 Certified Staff

    36 Classified Staff



    530 Enrolled, K-5

    8 Languages Spoken

    7% Special Education

    42% Economically Disadvantaged


    Performance Scores:

    Basic – Student does not yet demonstrate competency on the grade level achievement target.

    Strategic - Student demonstrates inconsistent competency on the grade level achievement target.

    Proficient – Student demonstrates consistent competency on the grade level achievement target.

    Advanced – Student demonstrates consistent competency on achievement targets above their grade level.



    ArtWalk, Drama Kids Club, Garden Club, Homework Hangout, Leadership Team, Parent-Teacher Organization, Spring Musical, Student Council, Young Rembrandts Art Club