The Boise School District is dedicated to creating tomorrow’s leaders. We nurture your child through a high-quality, comprehensive education. Our students grow together and build community at almost 50 neighborhood schools, where all are welcomed and provided the opportunities to become thoughtful citizens of our state and beyond. As a parent, you see your child’s potential. And we see it, too. Everything’s possible.
Sometimes I come up with an idea and I think, gosh, they’re only 8 or 9 years old, but then I say, ‘I’m going to go for it, and I’m going to offer support as we work on it.’ Every day I see kids do cool things that are amazing for their age. And I just think that’s a huge privilege to be able to see that.
Timberline High School
“All of my teachers have been fantastic. They’ve significantly impacted my life in different, distinct ways. I had a physics teacher last year who was one to push you really hard, but he also recognized that it’s okay to not be perfect and screw up, but that you have to get back up and do your best no matter what situation you’re put in.”
Timberline High School
“While you’re talking to students, try to make even a 1% positive difference in their lives. As they carry on through life, that impact will grow. I want to help people become better versions of themselves, and whatever difference I can make in their lives, that’s my passion.”
Borah High School
“I have this friend. His name’s Zach, and he’s one of the nicest kids I know. There’s this other kid in our school who doesn’t have a lot of friends. Zach talked to him for five minutes, and that kid had the biggest smile in the world. Just that little, ‘Hi, what’s up?’ can really make someone’s day . . . and their life.”
White Pine Elementary
“I’ll be going to Haiti in a few years to volunteer, and I’m really excited. I get to see how they live and what it’s like compared to how we live. When I go, we’ll be mostly moving rocks, like big rocks, from trucks. We’ll get to spend a day at the beach. When my dad goes to Haiti, he comes home with videos of the kids. It’s really cool to see because my dad has them say my name, my sister’s name, and my little brother’s name. It’s really cool to hear how they say our names.”
Timberline High School
“Kindness to me is the little things we do in our day that make people happy. One thing I’ve observed here at Timberline are the programs for kids who have special abilities, children dealing with autism and hearing and visual issues. That’s something I didn’t have in my old school.”
Trail Wind Elementary
“I’m a lifelong learner, and I thrive on gaining more information. This is mostly because I want to be the best teacher I can be for my students. I know that best practices evolve, change, and grow, and I want to stay on top of what these are. I also want to learn more about who I am as a person and as a learner so that I can make and have better connections with my students.”
Timberline High School
“My favorite teacher is the geology and astronomy teacher here at Timberline. His name is Mr. Yeggy. What I love about him is that he’s very people-oriented. He’s going to care about you as a person before anything else, and if you are struggling, he wants to help you out. He’s willing to adapt to your style of learning, and that’s a big deal. He knows everybody’s a little bit different. Going the extra mile like that really, really means something.”
“I think sometimes students forget there are other post-secondary options besides college. There are apprenticeships, there’s military, there are so many opportunities out there. But I certainly let students who have the vision of going to college know it’s possible and help them get there.”
Ms. Michelle has helped us a lot. On International Women’s Day, I got the opportunity to be on the news, which was really inspiring. We met with a senator and a few other women speakers, and it was just a fun day of women’s rights and activities.
“I was home-schooled until 6th grade, then I started going to Treasure Valley Math and Science Center. It was a bit of a transition to have to do real homework in a certain amount of time, but in 9th grade, I decided to go to Riverglen full-time and am now at Capital. I really enjoy it because of the people I get to meet and the classes I get to participate in. I feel like there’s a lot more that I can learn now.
“When students come back to see us, it fuels our fire, fills our cup, and makes our bucket full to just keep going. And even when they don’t visit, we have a book with all their pictures and all their letters over the last 10 years. I know that they’re walking away with a little bit of us, but we’re walking away with all of them.”
“I love to teach reading, especially to 5 year olds, because I like emergent learning. If you can think it, you can say it. If you can say it, you can write it. If you can write it, somebody can read it. And it’s just all so brand new.”
Hillside Junior High
I really like when I can see the difference I’m making in the world. At my school, one thing that I’ve been working on these past few months is getting more compost. So I started a program called The Green Team, and it is a student-led group that meets every other week and we take care of compost bins and doing all the announcements.
This year was my first year at Capital. Our wrestling team had a lot of freshmen and a lot of new guys. I took some pride in being a good upperclassmen, helping them out with technique and making sure they know they can talk to us, the upperclassmen.
“I believe that what I’m teaching in my classroom is the foundation to what they’re going to be learning in the future, so if I can get them excited about learning and get them excited about reading and writing, I feel like I’m setting them up for a future that is positive, and full of growth and excitement.”
Hillside Junior High
My favorite class would probably be chemistry and physical science. We get to use fine chemicals and labs to see how everything reacts. We’ve used baking soda and vinegar to create carbon dioxide. I want to be a biomedical scientist. They help cure diseases. I like using chemicals, I like chemistry and I like helping people.
“I either want to be a Lego engineer or an astronaut. I’ve always wanted to work on space stations and learn if there are other planets or life forms. I want to be an engineer, and I always get these crazy ideas, but I don’t have time to make them so I want to have a job dedicated to making those ideas so other kids can use them.”
Hillside Junior High
I want my students to have integrity. That’s huge for me, and I just want them to show kindness to each other and make this world a better place. I ask them, ‘How are you going to make your community a better place because of what you learned here?’
“My aspiration is to be a NASA scientist and guide the first person to land on Mars, and if I do well in math and science I will be able to achieve my goal. I also want to be a creative director or veterinarian because I love art and I would love to help the needy or sick pets and animals in the world.”
“I’d like to be a zoologist because the job sounds awesome, and you get to work with animals of all kinds, land or sea, everyday. My goal this year is to keep reading and keep making relationships in my class and continue to keep my grades up and just have a good school year altogether.”
“My biggest dream is to be an automotive engineer and LEGO Star Wars designer. I love art because I’m good at it, and it makes me feel good. I also like science experiments. My favorite teacher is Mrs. Greenwood because she has a pet turtle and is really funny.”
“I want to be an automotive engineer because my great, great, great grandpa owned the Studebaker car business, and I want to make it come back alive. I’ve been coming up with a lot of ideas for cars. My goal this year is to improve my math skills.”
“I moved here from Texas last year, and I was used to a big, crowded school. Roosevelt is the best school ever. It is small and calm. Mrs. Mills is the best teacher that I’ve ever had because she is funny and nice. She has a compost bin with worms in the classroom as a part of our science unit because we are learning about vermicompost. Mrs. Mills has inspired me.”
“I like sciences because it’s so fun, and we get to play with robots. I like Mrs. Montgomery because she’s so sweet. I like music because we always get to sing and dance. I like my friends because they let me pick all the games at recess. I like math because I like getting so smart.”
Riverglen Junior High
“The Treasure Valley Math and Science Center is where students can take more advanced classes so they can pursue more advanced careers in the future. I’ve been in it since I was in the 4th grade, and I’d like to go into the medical field someday. Did you know that the sternocleidomastoid controls how you can move your neck? If you didn’t have it, your neck literally wouldn’t be able to move at all. You’d be paralyzed.”
We believe there are no such things as ability gaps, nor a gap in the capacity for interest and ambition. What we’re really facing is an opportunity gap, which means we need to continuously bring new things into the classroom, provide extracurricular activities, and give kids an opportunity to spark their passion early because that will change the trajectory of their life and launch them into their career paths.
Alumna, Capital High
When Ope Abimbola transferred to Fairmont Junior High School, he struggled with many of the same challenges any new kid in school faces. Though, moving from Nigeria added a bit more difficulty. People spoke differently. They acted differently. The climate was colder.
In many ways, Boise differs from Nigeria, Ope’s home country in West Africa, but one thing remained the same: he had a community that accepted him and his family and were willing to help them adjust to the new environment. Fairmont’s diverse student base also helped Ope realize there were students from multiple culturally-diverse backgrounds.
And the move to the U.S. for Ope’s family meant so much more than a geographic change.
“I didn’t really live with my dad for the first 10 years of my life. Due to his job, I would only see him once in a while in a year,” Ope said. The move to Idaho allowed the whole family to be together again.
Now, as a chemical engineering student at the University of Southern California, the 21-year-old can reflect warmly on this transition. His experience at Capital High School helped him love the home his family made and grow into the man he is now. Teachers encouraged him to ask questions and strengthen his character. Particularly, his physics teacher helped him learn patience.
“Physics was very challenging. I got my first B ever in that class,” Ope said. “But I was like, ‘You know what? It’s okay.’ And that has definitely prepared me for college, because in college you’ve got to know how to balance your life choices.”
In high school, Ope’s schedule was filled with extracurriculars, allowing him to hone in on his time management skills. He played soccer and tennis, and took part in science olympiad, national honor society, and mock trial.
Though college was never a doubt in his mind, the where and how was unknown.
The Boise School District helped connect him with scholarships that ultimately sealed the deal with USC. Specifically, George and Bev Harad’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) scholarship was a big one, something Ope will be eternally grateful for.
“Ope has an enormous amount of positive energy and has learned how to balance it among his college studies, social activities, and seeking out new potential career opportunities, such as his summer internship at Micron,” said Bev Harad, one of Ope’s biggest fans. “These qualities, combined with his ever-present enthusiasm and love of life, make him an extraordinary young man who is destined to have a meaningful impact on society.”
The future is bright for this amazing young man. He intends to graduate with a degree in chemical engineering and has his eyes on a master’s degree in material science. He’s interested in working with sustainable energy. Though it’s unknown where he’ll end up, Ope wants to return to Boise to raise a family one day and give back to the community.
But he does say one thing with certainty: He’s come a long way since he was that shy junior high kid, and the Boise School District has been with him at every step.
“One way that I challenge students beyond the curriculum is to take their learning and teach it to their peers. Once they have learned the material enough to be able to become the teacher, I then know they have really learned it. And then I’ll ask them to take it one step beyond. We never let students sit around and take the easy route.”