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As one of the fastest growing states in the U.S., Idaho is becoming more and more recognized as a desirable place to live due to its low crime rate, affordable cost of living, and abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. With a statewide population of 1.7 million people and area of 84,000 square miles, Idaho is the 14th largest but 12th least populous state. Drive just one or two hours from the Teach For America office in Nampa and you can find yourself skiing at Bogus Basin Ski Resort, hiking in the Owyhee Mountains, or biking on the Greenbelt along the banks of the Boise River.

Idaho’s education system can, at times, feel as rugged as its landscape. Less than half of all students are proficient in reading and math and less than a quarter of adults in the state have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Looking more closely at Idaho’s student population, there's a disparity in the performance of low-income and Hispanic students compared to their wealthier peers. These statistics only begin to highlight the inequity that exists throughout the state, which since 2007 has ranked last in the country for average annual wage, per-capita income, and wage increases. This trend is expected to continue for the next 10 years, while employers will simultaneously increase their demand for individuals with higher levels of education.

Working to reverse this trend, the response to Idaho’s growing inequity has been strong. In Treasure Valley, coalitions of local districts, foundations, nonprofits, individuals, and businesses have worked to raise awareness and develop innovative solutions. At the statewide level, the governor and state board of education recently headed a task force focused on improving the state's education system. Notably, local organizations are working to provide support for more personalized learning experiences for students and for school leadership training.

D+

Rank for Idaho’s education system (one of the nation’s lowest rankings)

49%

Idaho’s students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch

3rd

Largest math achievement gap in the nation comparing proficiency among White and Latino students.

36%

Adults aged 25 or older who attain a postsecondary degree

“Idaho is my home. As someone who was born and raised here, I can personally speak to the wonderful community that exists in Idaho, which is unique in the way everyone shows up for one another in times of celebration and struggle. We still have work to do, but I believe that in 20 years we will look back and be proud of the educational opportunities that exist for all children here in Idaho.”

Becca Alamilla

Teacher, Future Public School

Idaho Corps Member 2015

Neighborhood Highlights

  • J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation

    J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation

    Idaho’s largest foundation, the Albertson Family Foundation, has contributed more than $700 million in grants to Idaho communities. The Foundation approached Teach For America to create a site in Idaho and was instrumental in making our launch possible. Our strong partnership supports their mission to invest time, energy, and resources into limitless learning, innovative leaders, and stronger communities.

  • Boise State University

    Boise State University

    All corps members are enrolled in graduate-level coursework to meet state certification requirements and help build their educator proficiency. Corps members have the opportunity to take additional courses to obtain a master's degree through the College of Education.

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    Rural School Leadership Academy

    Idaho has a unique partnership with Teach For America's national Rural School Leadership Academy (RSLA) that's designed for those on the pathway to school leadership positions within rural communities. Idaho corps members, alumni, and special partners are given the chance to participate in this year-long program at no cost, during which they learn early school leadership skills and deepen their exposure to the power of the role of principal, while building relationships with a diverse set of aspiring rural school leaders across the country.

Our Regional Partners

We value our partnerships with local schools, districts, universities, businesses, and other organizations. Our partners play a critical role in creating opportunities for children in our communities.