Welcome to American Falls School District #381
Thank you for visiting the American Falls School District, one of the top school districts in Idaho.
 We invite you to explore our website to tour information concerning our district or any of our schools.
 On behalf of the students, staff, administration and Board of Trustees, 
we stand committed to maintaining and constantly improving the education and services for our students.

American Falls School School District #381 Administrative  Offices
827 Fort Hall Avenue - American Falls, Idaho 83211 - phone: (208) 226-5173  fax: (208) 226-5754

A message from our Superintendent

Dr. Ronald R. Bolinger

 Welcome to the American Falls School District located in the historic city of American Falls and home to the Five-Star Award winning American Falls High School.  American Falls has been the site of the largest reservoir in Idaho since 1925 when the dam was built and the town was moved to its present site.  We are pleased to provide an outstanding education to our students.

  • To prepare students to interact productively and effectively in society.
  • To teach students the necessary academic and life skills for future education and be job ready.


The nearly 1500 students with approximately 100 staff and 125 classified personnel are here to serve our students and parents in our four schools and one alternative school.  We offer a variety of specialty programs including dual enrollment classes at the high school, gifted and talented programs at elementary, Gear-Up college preparatory for middle school and high school and Professional Technical Education and our award winning FFA program.


 In the American Falls School District, you will find:

  • Commitment to college and career readiness
  • Preparation for Idaho core and the development of creativity and thinking skills with an emphasis on integration of technology
  • A safe and secure learning environment
  • Caring and compassionate staff committed to providing the best education for each and every child
  • Opportunities for meaningful parent involvement
  • Commitment to the arts including band and choir programs beginning in the elementary grades.  The district’s outstanding art program offers course work including ceramics, painting and drawing at the middle school and high school levels

Mr. Lance has graciously volunteered to be the GEAR UP Tutor this year. He will provide tutoring services starting Thursday,
(9/11) from 7am-8am in Room #1. Tutoring will be available Monday-Friday until the end of the school year.


Child Find

Letter to Parents The new Idaho Core Standards

Letter to Parents about The New Idaho Core Standards

Golden Pride Award Winners

2013-2014 School Year

A hearty congratulation to our Golden Pride Award recipients who have been recognized by the American Falls School Board for "above and beyond" services to our district. They represent the professional and support staff that equal excellence for our students.

Nicole Connelly and Melissa Kulicke of Hillcrest Elementary

 were honored at the regular school board meeting on October 27th for the Golden Pride Award, given each month to celebrate the “above and beyond” service by one professional and one classified employee of the American Falls School District.

Nicole is a 1st Grade teacher at Hillcrest and has worked in this position for the past six years.  Her nominator wrote:  Before I became a teacher at Hillcrest, I received a phone call from a friendly teacher with a strong southern accent, who called to welcome me to the first grade team at Hillcrest Elementary.  I automatically thought 1) this is one caring individual who would go out of her way to welcome “the new bee” and 2) she is going to be a team player.

 I nominate Nicole Connelly for the October 2014 Golden Pride Award.  Nicole is a first grade teacher of 22 students.  She makes time daily to work with each student individually, and makes every student feel important and recognized.  This is a challenging grade to teach, as it can be and exciting experience or a difficult adjustment for many students.  In her six years at Hillcrest, Nicole has had a number of behaviorally challenging students.  Her patience is one of the most important cornerstones of her being a successful teacher. She is a combination of educator, parent, friend, and trusted adult.

 Nicole builds a foundation for lifelong learning through the fun, small groups she runs daily.  She uses new and interesting ways to conceptualize ideas which encourages students to learn and take part in reading, writing, and math.

 Teaching is the ability to show children how to spread their wings and fly.  Nicole has the patience to work with each child at their own pace, since we all learn differently and at varying speeds.  Her students go on to second grade with wings of confidence and fly.


Melissa has been a paraprofessional at Hillcrest for the past eight years.  Her nominator wrote: 

We are excited to nominate Melissa Kulicke for the Golden Pride Award.  She has a long history at Hillcrest starting as a parent volunteer, working in the classrooms as an assistant, substituting and now working with our special needs students throughout our school.  Ms. Kulicke is caring and positive with high expectations of students.  She understands how to help our student’s grow and learn.  Her manner with children is exceptional.  She naturally understands how to press students in a firm but fair manner.  Students know she is there to help them learn and she will persist in them reaching their highest potential.

 Everyone notices Ms. Kulicke always has a smile on her face and extremely positive attitude.  She is eager to learn and continuously makes an effort to improve her instruction in order to help students.  She never hesitates to assist other staff and is quick to recognize what needs done and does it.  Melissa is punctual, dependable and the best of all, fun to be around.  She has been known to be the subject of debate amongst teachers as to who gets her in their classrooms.  I’ve heard even attempts between teachers at friendly bribing have been involved.  That says a lot about Melissa and her work at Hillcrest.

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The Love & Logic Parenting Classes
...are starting next Tuesday October 21,  for 6 weeks.  We have both Spanish and English classes held at Hillcrest from -  6:00-7:30.  As a district employee, if you would like to take the class the cost of the book will be covered.  The strategies taught can be adapted to use with students, colleagues or my favorite, your spouse. Hope to see you there.

Mindi Nielsen

Make the Most of Your Teacher Conference

November 20 -
 Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Hillcrest Elementary School
No school for Sudents

November 20 - 

  • American Falls High School Final Exams

November 21 -

Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Hillcrest Elementary 
  • American Falls Intermediate School, 
  • William Thomas Middle School, 
  • American Falls Academy Junior High, 
  • No school for students

  • American Falls High School Final Exams - End of First Trimester

November 24 -

  • Second Trimester Begins 

November 27-28 

  • Thanksgiving Vacation

 Upcoming  Events in our Community 

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American Falls School 
2014 Calendar 

We have implemented a district-wide library program. 

 It is web-based,
 anyone can access the library catalogs anywhere with internet service
 by using the link below