For several years straight, Idaho has been the fastest-growing state in the country. The influx of new residents into the state poses a concern for many of Idaho’s public school districts, forcing them to rezone district boundaries or open new schools. However, having to manage new students has not affected the quality of Idaho’s five best school districts, which continue to perform at a high level. 

Post Falls School District is the best public school system in Idaho. Comprising ten schools (with a new elementary school set to open in Fall 2020) in and around Post Falls, a city near the state’s border with Washington, PFSD boasts a 95% graduation rate and has earned six state championships within the last five years. 

Placing 2nd in Idaho is Jefferson Joint School District, a medium-sized district of six elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools headquartered in the city of Rigby. The expanding district maintains an above-average graduation rate and offers Spanish and Chinese immersion programs to its students. 

Idaho’s 3rd best school district is Madison School District, which is headquartered in Rexburg and comprises ten schools and an online academy. Students of the district have the highest ISAT scores in South Eastern Idaho, and Madison High School is one of only two Idaho schools to be named to the National AP Honor Roll.  

#4 Blaine County School District is made up of 8 schools serving an enrollment of around 3,400 students. The district’s diverse student body consistently performs above the state average on the ISAT and STAR tests.  

The 5th best school district in Idaho is Lakeland Joint School District, which consists of six elementary schools, two junior highs, and three high schools. Like many districts in Idaho, LJSD is growing at a fast rate, yet it has successfully maintained its high academic performance and focus on extracurricular activities. 

Top School Districts in Idaho, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Post Falls DistrictPost Falls
2Jefferson County Joint DistrictRigby
3Madison DistrictRexburg
4Blaine County DistrictHailey
5Lakeland DistrictRathdrum
6Mccall-Donnelly Joint School DistrictMccall
7West Side Joint DistrictDayton
8Troy School DistrictTroy
9Cassia County Joint DistrictBurley
10Lake Pend Oreille School DistrictPonderay
11Lewiston Independent DistrictLewiston
12Sugar-Salem Joint DistrictSugar City
13Moscow DistrictMoscow
14Kuna Joint DistrictKuna
15Middleton DistrictMiddleton
16Marsh Valley Joint DistrictArimo
17Parma DistrictParma
18Shelley Joint DistrictShelley
19Cottonwood Joint DistrictCottonwood
20Mountain Home DistrictMountain Home
21Grace Joint DistrictGrace
22Ririe Joint DistrictRirie
23Kimberly DistrictKimberly
24Boundary County DistrictBonners Ferry
25Caldwell DistrictCaldwell
26Preston Joint DistrictPreston
27Fremont County Joint DistrictSt Anthony
28Blackfoot DistrictBlackfoot
29Snake River DistrictBlackfoot
30New Plymouth DistrictNew Plymouth
31Genesee Joint DistrictGenesee
32Fruitland DistrictFruitland
33Soda Springs Joint DistrictSoda Springs
34Melba Joint DistrictMelba
35Homedale Joint DistrictHomedale
36Bear Lake County DistrictParis
37Teton County DistrictDriggs
38Jerome Joint DistrictJerome
39Emmett Independent DistrictEmmett
40Weiser DistrictWeiser
41Minidoka County Joint DistrictRupert
42Kellogg Joint DistrictKellogg
43West Jefferson DistrictTerreton
44Marsing Joint DistrictMarsing
45Aberdeen DistrictAberdeen
46St Maries Joint DistrictSt Maries
47Oneida County DistrictMalad City
48Filer DistrictFiler
49Kendrick Joint DistrictKendrick
50Mountain View School DistrictGrangeville
51Firth DistrictFirth
52Wallace DistrictSilverton
53Notus DistrictCaldwell
54American Falls Joint DistrictAmerican Falls
55Rockland DistrictRockland
56Richfield DistrictRichfield
57West Bonner County DistrictPriest River
58Potlatch DistrictPotlatch
59Valley DistrictHazelton
60Gooding Joint DistrictGooding
61North Gem DistrictBancroft
62Horseshoe Bend School DistrictHorseshoe Bend
63Butte County Joint DistrictArco
64Lapwai DistrictLapwai
65Glenns Ferry Joint DistrictGlens Ferry
66South Lemhi DistrictLeadore
67Salmon DistrictSalmon
68Kamiah Joint DistrictKamiah
69Buhl Joint DistrictBuhl
70Hagerman Joint DistrictHagerman
71Wendell DistrictWendell
72Payette Joint DistrictPayette
73Culdesac Joint DistrictCuldesac
74Shoshone Joint DistrictShoshone


The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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