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

March 23-27 *Spring Break (No School) 

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

2014-2014 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.

February 2015

Patty Raya and Sheryle Cavener of Hillcrest Elementary were honored at the regular board meeting on February 23, 2015 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.

Patty Raya has been a first grade teacher at Hillcrest Elementary for the last four years.  Her nominator wrote:  From the day I first meet her, Patty Raya has put a smile on my face. She is the best and brightest of the profession’s young teachers. Her passion, skills, love of children and drive are outstanding.  Best of all, her positive attitude and outlook on teaching and learning is infectious to those around her. She simply is a joy to work with at Hillcrest.


Patty started her teaching career the fall of 2011 as an excellent beginning teacher. Since that time she has grown and flourished as great teachers do. It is evident Patty understands reflecting on her teaching and seeking ways to continually improve is a critical part of becoming and remaining an expert teacher. This year, her first grade team was asked to learn and implement a new explicit phonics routine. Patty has nailed this practice and continues to look for other ways to efficiently and effectively move all her students along the learning continuum. It is exciting to be in her classroom observing the many best practice techniques she uses in maintaining a highly respectful and engaging environment of learning.


In addition to the classroom, Patty is a quiet and upcoming leader at our school. She is currently working on her Educational Administration degree and has helped with several projects and events as part of her internship. This year, Patty has taken on the leadership role of a Parent Involvement, Events and Publicity coordinator. She has helped organize, coordinate, facilitate and publicize several important family events including math and reading literacy nights and kindergarten orientation. Patty is organized, has fun fresh ideas, reliable and very personable to all she meets.


Over the last few years, I have had several Hispanic high schoolers ask me about Patty being a teacher. I always comment back “she is a teacher and a really good one – why do you ask?” This has started conversations about an interest in college and the teaching profession. Patty is definitely a positive role model to many students and parents in our community. She is always willing to give of her time and efforts to inspire and support others in the best interest of children.


It is an absolute pleasure to nominate Patty Raya for the Golden Pride Award. She is an outstanding educator and person!

Sheryl Cavener joined the cafeteria staff at Hillcrest Elementary four years ago.  Her nominator wrote:  Sheryle embodies the spirit of the Golden Pride Award. She has served the students at Hillcrest, in the cafeteria, for the past three years. She always has a smile on her face and is a very comforting and welcoming presence in the cafeteria. Sheryle is also a very dedicated hard working individual. She is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the needs of the children, school, and the lunch program are being met. She is a pleasure to work with! Her genuine love for the children and people she serves is evidenced by her kindness and friendly smile.


Being relatively new to the school lunch program, Sheryle accepted the challenge of becoming the manager of the Hillcrest kitchen. She has been faced with the challenges of learning the ins and outs of an ever changing program, as well as organizing and directing a whole new kitchen staff. Sheryle has done an amazing job with both. Her hard work and willingness to venture outside of her comfort zone is appreciated! She has created an environment that is pleasant for both children and staff. She is an amazing person, and is very deserving of the Golden Pride Award.


Sheryle is a great fit for Hillcrest. We thank her for all she does for the people at Hillcrest!

AF Actors Win State Championship!!!

American Falls Education Foundation

Education Foundation 
Upcoming Meeting - 
Tuesday March 10th at 12:00 noon 

Make the Most of Your Teacher Conference

 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