Sending your child to elementary school can seem like a daunting task. It’s important to think about what your child will be learning, the environment they will be in, where the school is, and the cost should you choose a private school over a public school.
With so many things to think about, it’s no surprise that this task quickly becomes a complicated ordeal. However, today, we’ve taken time to gather the top five elementary schools in the Boise area based on their academics, teachers, diversity, and overall grade as given by Niche.
5. Adams Elementary School
Adams Elementary School is number five for the best elementary schools in Boise as well as the number 9 best school in all of Idaho. As such, it brings a great start to this list. With an overall Niche grade of A, this school boasts grade K-6 along with a gifted program and pre-k. A in academics is easily seen with 63% of their students being proficient in math and 70% in reading.
Additionally, the school has 356 students and a student to teacher ratio of 22 to 1, giving it an A+. Combined with the B- in diversity, you can rest assured that your child will be getting the attention and friendship they need and deserve.
4. Anser Charter School
Anser could be your answer for not only elementary school, but for middle school as well. This public charter school has an overall grade of A and classes for everyone from kindergarten to 8th. As the fourth best elementary school in Boise, they also rank as the 2nd best middle school in Idaho.
Anser offers a student to teacher ratio of 18 to 1 and maintains an A+ teacher rating, an A in academics and a B in diversity with test scores 58% for math and 68% for reading. Additionally, this school also ranks as the school with the best public middle school teachers in Idaho out of 162 and as number two in the best charter elementary schools in Idaho out of 36.
3. Roosevelt Elementary School
Coming in at number three for the best schools in Boise, Idaho is Roosevelt with an overall grade of A. Also ranked as number six in the best public elementary schools for the state of Idaho, they’re a great place to start your child off right. As a public school, they offer a gifted program for grades pre-k to 6th grade.
The state test scores back up the A they have in academics and the A+ they have for teachers by showing they have 82% fluency in both math and reading. This great score might be the result of the excellent 18 to 1 teacher and student ratio.
2. Highlands Elementary School
Highlands Elementary School is a great place to send children to get their start in life. As the number three public elementary school in all of the state, it features grades PK-6 with a gifted program as well.
They have an A in academics as well as an A+ for their teachers. With test scores of 72% in math and 82% in reading, their 18 to 1 ratio is proving that with the right help and attention, elementary students can thrive.
1. Longfellow Elementary School
If you can send your child to this prestigious public school, you will not only be sending your child to the number one school in Boise but in the whole state as well. Their overall A rating gives way to a gifted program for PK-6 as well as a class ratio of 19-1 and math and reading scores of 67% and 775 respectively.
Their teacher retention remains high, with only 5.9% of their teachers being in their first or second year. Also, diversity is high, with a B+ within the 353 total students. Though the cost of living in this area can be high, the housing here is great, and it’s a great area for families with young children.
We hope this guide has given you a place to start. How did you choose where to send your child? Did you go with what district you were in, or did you start to look around?