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.

March 2014

The American Falls Intermediate School staff was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award during the regular board meeting March18, 2014.  Nominated were fourth grade teacher Michelle Anderson and custodian Jona Winder.

Mrs Anderson has been a teacher in the American Falls School District for the past 13 years.  Her nominators wrote:  Mrs. Anderson is a valuable asset not only to our school, but our school district as well. She works hard within our school to make sure each of her students succeeds and encourages each student to always be their best.

Mrs. Anderson’s influence reaches out into the community as well. She works hard to teach the youth of our community to serve each other no matter your age. She is intricately involved in programs that raise scholarship funds that are awarded to students in our community so that may continue on with their education and go to college.

Mrs. Anderson is an amazing example of a teacher whose influence extends far and wide throughout not only the school that she teaches within, but the community in which these young minds thrive.

She goes above and beyond as she enthusiastically accepts and tries new strategies and structures in her classroom. She is willing to share ideas with the rest of her co-workers that she feels will expand our student’s horizons and is openly accepting of others ideas and criticism.

Mrs. Anderson is an overall exceptional teacher who should be proud of all that she does for AFIS.

Michelle Anderson has taken the lead in our Student Store - purchasing, supplying, and organizing the "merchandise" that the students can buy with their positive tickets. She shops on her own time for items the students may enjoy.  With help from other teachers, she runs the store monthly. She even begins each month with supplying all of the teachers with the colored tickets of the month. 

Mrs. Anderson's encouraging smile and attitude have created a positive atmosphere for success as the students spend their tickets.  For her time and dedication to this project, I nominate Michelle Anderson for the Golden Pride Award.

Jona Winder has been the custodian for the American Falls Intermediate School for the past 7 years.  Her nominator wrote:  Jona not only works hard to keep our buildings clean, she works as a member of our school team and is an advocate for our students.  Even though being a custodian is not a glamorous job, Jona meets our staff and students with a positive comment and smile each day.  She goes out of her way to notice a child who is lonely or sad and offers a hug or encouragement to brighten his/her day.

 Jona is truly concerned about the people around her and tries through her actions and attitude to make our school a better place for students, teachers, and patrons.

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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