Rural School Grows Rapidly While Overcoming Tremendous Challenges

Vallivue Middle School, Caldwell, I.D.

 Sitting at a high point overlooking a beautiful valley near Boise in Southern Idaho, this rural middle school has recently experienced tremendous growth and challenges in all facets of the school. Through teamwork implementing a highly developed strategic planning process, Vallivue moved from a state designation of “Needs Improvement” to "New School" status in four years. With a more clearly defined emphasis on discipline and attendance issues, a collaborative restructuring of the curriculum, the introduction of best practices instructional methods, and adoption of a data driven assessment model, an environment has been created where the 700 students, of which 70 percent are economically disadvantaged and 30 percent are LEP learners, excel.

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