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

Letter to Parents The new Idaho Core Standards

Letter to Parents about The New Idaho Core Standards

American Falls School District
Winter Weather Safety Procedures

When winter weather like snow or extremely sub-zero temperatures are forecast, the safety of road conditions, school parking lots and sidewalks for our students and staff becomes our top priority.  Our transportation, maintenance, and administrative personnel work closely together in these situations to monitor weather forecasts and road conditions and to make necessary plans for the safety of staff and students.

 On these days, we begin monitoring weather conditions by traveling roads and working with county highway crews to make a safety decision by 6:00 a.m. about whether to have school that day since our first bus leaves at 6:05 a.m.

 If it is necessary to close school, we begin notifying TV and radio stations, faculty and staff.  Our decision regarding school operations and whether roads are safe for travel are made with SAFETY as the top priority.

 Board procedures also call for temperatures at -20 or below including wind chill to trigger dismissal of school for the day also for safety of students traveling to and from school.

 Listen on the following TV and radio stations:

Channel 3

 Channel 6

 Channel 8






Spanish Radio
Spanish T.V.



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.

April 2014

William Thomas Middle School was highlighted during the April board meeting of the American Falls School District.  Nominated were Melisa Harker, Special Services Teacher, and Brigitte Crump, substitute teacher coordinator for the district.  The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify “above and beyond” effort in their service to the students in the American Falls School District.

Ms. Harker has been a Special Education Teacher at William Thomas Middle School for 14 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Melisa is a wonderful team member.  You don't have to worry about delegating her a job, or even ask her to do it.  She sees the need and she fills it.  Melisa not only decided to take the notes at our team meeting but she set us all up with Google Docs and now we do it right.   She is computer savvy and I can ask her any question and she solves the problem.  She fits in well with us because she is never afraid to try something.  
Melisa is patient and caring with the kids.  She spends hours explaining and re-teaching and never gets frustrated.  Her students are not always regular education kids so she faces multiple learning disabilities and often attitudes too.  I think the reason she keeps her patience so well is because she truly cares about the kids.  She spends time talking to them and sharing with them.  She wants them to do well and finds out as much as she can about each child's life because so much of students’ lives can be hidden from school and affects the students deeply.  Most important is that her students know how much she really cares about them.

Ms. Crump has been calling substitute teachers for the American Falls School District for the past 2 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Brigitte Crump is the substitute coordinator for the School District. Brigitte is always cheerful no matter when you call her. I often have to call last minute to set up subs and she always comes through.  Brigitte is always very prompt to return calls if she has missed them. Besides her job with the school district, Brigitte is a very busy mom with little ones at home, yet she never acts like she is too busy to help whenever we call.  We appreciate her so much and the fine job that she does. Her positive attitude brings good cheer to everyone that she works with.

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American Falls School 
2014 Calendar 

We have implemented a new district-wide library program. 

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


Emily B. Live in Concert
From this season of NBC's Emmy-winning Show
Idaho's own Emily B. (aka Emily Gomez - Benford)
...will be doing a Live Concert one Night only

Location:    American Falls Performing Arts Center
2966 South Frontage Road
American Falls, Idaho 83211

Date: Saturday, May 10th,  2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Purchase Tickets at Rockland Pharmacy 

Adults - $10
Students - $5
5 & under free

*small,additional processing fee for all online orders
* doors open at 6:oo pm
Tickets  will b sol at the door at the time of the event - cash only please