Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 bode farewell to the 20-year, $27 million bond that paid for the construction of Century High School and the major renovation of Pocatello High School. And in the spring of 2016, School District 25 students grades three through 10 boasted the best average ISAT 2.0 assessment scores from across Idaho, improving on their results from the year prior.
Though the opening of the newly built Grace Lutheran High School was delayed slightly, classes for the first freshmen class began in August of 2016.
In May, more than 900 high school seniors received their high school diplomas — a 90.24 percent graduation rate. That figure is more than 10 percentage points higher than the rest of the state of Idaho and more than 8 percentage points higher than the rate in the U.S.
Century High School continues to rank among the nation’s best and was among nine Idaho high schools named to The Washington Post’s list of the most challenging in the country.
The area’s high schools also achieved from an athletic standpoint. In the 2015-16 academic year, Century High School won team state championships in boys soccer, girls cross country, volleyball, girls basketball and girls tennis. Pocatello High School took state in boys cross country, and Highland High School won state in boys basketball and cheer.
The district’s achievement wasn’t limited to just its high schools. In August of 2016, Alameda Middle School social studies teacher Mary Ann McGrory was named Idaho Human Rights Educator of the Year by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights. In May of 2016, five Chubbuck Elementary School students were honored by state and national Reflections organizations for achievement in the 2015-16 National PTA Reflections arts in education program. In May of 2016, a pair of Gate City Elementary School students made the LearnStorm finals by exhibiting high skills in a statewide math competition. In April of 2016, a Hawthorne Middle School student was named the grand prize winner of the Mathcounts National Math Club.
The Pocatello-Chubbuck area also offers two public charter schools: Pocatello Community Charter School and Connor Academy Charter School. Both institutions serve grades kindergarten through eighth grade.
There are also a handful of religion-oriented schools in the area. Grace Lutheran School and Holy Spirit Catholic School teach students pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Calvary Chapel Christian School serves students pre-kindergarten all the way through 12th grade.