Student Accomplishments

  • Renaissance High School student, and Rocky Mountain High School baseball player, Gabriel Hughes won a $10,000 grant for the Caldwell YMCA during the summer of 2018. He used his platform as Gatorade Idaho Baseball Player of the Year to write the grant through Gatorade's Play It Forward program. 

    Makena Walsh and Principal Shana Hawkins Makena Walsh represented Renaissance High School and Idaho at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts this past summer. She received her Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists following the experience.

    Mountain View High School student Carson Smith was named a top-scoring student in the country in the topics of Principles of Finance and Principles of Marketing through the High School of Business Program.

    Eagle High School senior Olivia Love earned entrance into the United States Senate Youth Program in March where she will receive a $10,000 college scholarship.

Staff Accomplishments

  • Lynnea Shafter and Sue Darden in Washington, D. C. Sue Darden of Galileo STEM Academy and Lynnea Shafter of Barbara Morgan STEM Academy received Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. They celebrated with fellow recipients in Washington, D. C. in the summer of 2018.

    Heather Davis of Renaissance High School was selected for the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award in September of 2018. Students nominate their teachers who influence them, challenge them, or help them along the path toward intellectual growth.

    Dr. Mary Ann Ranells was named Idaho's Superintendent of the Year by the Idaho Association of School Administrators. She will be recognized by the American Association of School Administrators at their AASA National Conference on Education and is a candidate for the National Superintendent of the Year award.

    Salina Baldwin at Seattle Seahawks Game Dr. Kellie Taylor of Galileo STEM Academy was named a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in October of 2018.

    Lake Hazel Elementary School's secretary Salina Baldwin earned the opportunity to watch the Seattle Seahawks play in person on October 7, 2018 as the top Fuel Up to Play 60 advisor in Idaho.

    Sarah Oosterhuis, engineering teacher at Renaissance and Meridian high schools, was selected as a 2018-2019 Outstanding Teacher through Project Lead The Way.

    Lewis and Clark Middle School teacher Pat Absalonson received one of just four Boise State University Pesky Awards for Inspirational Teaching this school year. 

    The National Association of Geoscience Teachers named Spalding STEM Academy's Marc Brousseau the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Year for Idaho.

    Meridian Middle School's Cari Barnes was awarded Boise State University's Idaho Counseling Association Supervisor of the Year award.

    Lowell Scott Middle School music educator John Cochrane's group, Mariachi Sol de Acapulco, received recognition in the 2018 Governor's Awards in the Arts.

    Wendy Spiers, Athletic Director at Eagle Middle School, was recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.

School Accomplishments

  • Seven Oaks Elementary School was named a 2018-2020 National PTA Schools of Excellence recipient. The designation recognizes the school's commitment to building an inclusive and welcoming school-community where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

    Crossroads Middle School was named a national finalist for the 2018 Spring Kindness Challenge hosted by Middle School Kindness Challenge. Only 10 schools of 500 participating were named finalists.

    Mountain View High School named to the ESPN Honor Roll for 2018 - a list of the top 30 schools from across the country - as part of its Special Olympics Unified Champion Program.

    Three Rocky Mountain High School varsity sports teams were recognized as fall academic state champions by IHSAA. Boys soccer earned a GPA of 3.617, volleyball earned a GPA of 3.878, and boys cross country earned a GPA of 3.915.

    Rocky Mountain High School girls and boys soccer teams each won the 5A State Championship in their divisions.

    Rocky Mountain High School boys cross country won the 5A State Championship, marking the third time in so many years to earn this honor.

    Barbara Morgan and Galileo STEM academies earned National STEM School of Excellence certifications through AdvancED, making them among the first schools in the state of Idaho to undergo the rigorous steps to securing this level of national STEM accreditation.

    Rocky Mountain High School football won the 5A State Championship.

    Chief Joseph School of the Arts has been selected as one of two 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools nominees for Idaho.