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


Chief's Summer Reading Challenge The Council of Chief State School Officers, in partnership with MetaMetrics®, is coordinating a national, state-led summer reading initiative to bolster student reading achievement during summer break. The “Chief's Summer Reading Challenge” will raise national awareness of the summer loss epidemic, share compelling research on the importance of personalized reading activities, and provide access to a variety of free resources to support targeted reading and the initiative as a whole.
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.

April 2015

William Thomas Middle School Teacher Ashley Matthews and Media Assistant Elizabeth Pedroza were awarded the Golden Pride Award for “above and beyond” service for the month of April during the regular board meeting held on April 29, 2015.


Ashley Matthews has been the 8th Grade Language teacher for the past two years.  Her nominator wrote:

For the past two years, I have had the extreme pleasure of not only working on the same team as Ashley Matthews, but carpooling with her as well.


As a first year teacher she was impressive, but it seems a though she jumped 3 or 4 years in experience since then.  This is her second year, and she has not only corrected what she didn’t like about how she handled her first year, but has excelled in her effectiveness beyond normal in such a short time. She is a rising star among teachers, and I hope she finds a home away from home here at William Thomas Middle School.


Ashely is an incredible teacher who truly cares about the students she teacher.  Her students love her and can feel her concern for them to be happy and successful. Her lessons are prepared for high student interest and engagement.  The accomplishment she has made in the area of writing with our 8th graders is phenomenal.  She is an excellent team member and plays a key role in the success of the 8th grade team and school as a whole.  She serves on the school PBIS Team and works in a leadership role as our building Write Tools trainer and coordinator.


Elizabeth Pedroza started working as a Media Center Assistant at WTMS this year. Her nominator wrote:  Elizabeth serves as one of the media specialists at the middle school.  She does an excellent job helping students and teachers with their library needs.  Her friendly attitude makes our library a welcoming place for all to come.  She also serves as one of the main interpreters at the school.  She does an excellent job of communicating very difficult conversations always making everyone comfortable.  She held a very successful “Book Fair” this year.  She also serves as the testing proctor for the 7th grade team.  Betty is a valuable member of our WTMS Staff.  We really appreciate all of her efforts in helping our school succeed.

Summer School Forms

American Falls School District 

is Committed to the arts including band and choir programs beginning in the elementary grades. 

The district’s outstanding arts programs offers course work including ceramics, painting, drama, music and drawing 
at the middle school and high school levels

AF Actors Win State Championship!!!

American Falls High School Alumni, Jordan Bowman, with Zachary Buker, founders of the new production company, Opera Elect, http://operaelect.org/  performed  on April 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the American Falls High School Fine Arts Center. 

Our AFHS Choir performed with Opera Elect.

Everyone enjoyed  their wonderful talent and witty & lighthearted banter between well-known works by Mozart, Schubert, and Donizetti.

Jordan and Zach spoke about some fun opera history and the exciting start-up of their company. Jordan was delighted in sharing her work with her hometown. She is thankful for all the support she has received over the years from family, teachers, and friends.

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