BDS's High Schools Again Ranked Nationally

Boise School District’s High Schools Again Earn ‘Best High Schools’ Designation from U.S. News & World Report
Posted on 05/14/2024
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Boise School District’s High Schools Again Earn

‘Best High Schools’ Designation from U.S. News & World Report

Boise, ID – May 14, 2024 – Five secondary schools in Boise School District received the “Best High Schools” designation from U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best High Schools rankings. Boise, Borah, Capital, and Timberline High Schools earned high national and metro-area rankings, as did Boise Online School - Secondary. 


The U.S. News & World Report 2024 edition of Best High Schools includes a numerical ranking of nearly all public high schools nationwide – almost 18,000 of them. According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest-ranked U.S. public schools in the 2024 Best High Schools rankings are “those whose students demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math, reading and science state assessments, earned qualifying scores on an array of college-level exams, and graduated in high proportions.”


Schools ranked in the top 40% nationally (#7,062 or better) achieved status as U.S. News “Best High Schools.”


159 Idaho public high schools were ranked by U.S. News & World Report, including Boise's four traditional public high schools - Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline high schools, as well as Boise Online School - Secondary.


“It’s an honor for our schools to receive the revered ‘Best High Schools’ designation again this year. This achievement is a credit to our schools’ dedicated educators who create a positive learning environment, our hardworking students, and our community of parents and families who support the ambitions of these exceptional students,” said Superintendent Coby Dennis, Boise School District. 


Review Boise School District's U.S. News & World Report High School RankingsThe same Boise secondary schools received the “Best High Schools” designation from U.S. News and World Report last year, as well.



Boise School District is a high-performing, nationally-recognized, comprehensive public school system committed to academic excellence, student well-being, and preparing students for success in college, career and citizenship. With a diverse range of programs and a dedicated team of educators, Boise School District strives to empower every student to reach their full potential.


Boise School District serves approximately 22,400 students and employs 4,300 people, of whom 1,700 are certified staff. In the district, there are 33 elementary schools, 8 junior high schools, and 5 senior high schools. We offer a variety of specialized programs, from Montessori, Dual Language, Full-Day and Highly Gifted programs at elementary, District-wide Full-Day Kindergarten, to the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center, Dennis Career & Technical Center, and the state’s preeminent Advanced Placement program at the secondary level. Boise Schools offer the educational access and experience students need to be successful.


The results are impressive:


  • Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline High Schools, and Boise Online Secondary School, recognized as being among our nation’s top high schools by U.S. News & World Report and Jay Mathews High School Challenge Index (formerly known as the the Newsweek & Washington Post list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools).
  • Boise Schools students outperform Idaho and the nation on standardized tests, college entrance exams and Advanced Placement testing.
  • Our District’s college-going rate (73%) is one of the highest in the state and exceeds the state average.
  • More National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists than any other District in the state.
  • Nationally recognized music program.
  • Nationally recognized career and technical education program.
  • Nationally accredited AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Demonstration School.
  • Some of the state's highest-performing elementary & secondary schools.
  • Countless statewide and national recognitions for individual schools, students and staff.
  • 25 Advanced Placement course offerings, providing thousands of secondary students with rigorous and relevant coursework to prepare them for college and career success.
  • Committed to preparing students for success in college, career and in life. 
  • High-quality teaching staff: 75% of our teachers hold a Master’s Degree, and almost 50% of our teachers have 11 or more years of experience.  

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