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Borah Senior High School

Public | 10-12 | 1351 students

 

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Posted January 9, 2014

I attended Borah for all 3yrs of high school. I will say up front that I was not the best student, nor did I apply myself like I should have. That being said, most of the teachers were great. An Econ teacher that does not work there any more (I know this because I went to Borah during their lunch to talk to some old teachers) went above and beyond on a daily basis. Even when trying to slack off in some classes the instructors pushed for me to do my best regardless. Of course there were some that had the mindset of well if you dont want to do the work then dont and you can fail. The counselor I had is also a coach, he was probably the most important person in getting me into the right schedule to graduate. I did not partake in extra-curriculars as I felt that the sports there did have their own favorites. If you had the right background or name, you would play regardless of poor performance. There is quite a bit of diversity in this school, there are alot of refugees, African, Iranian/Iraqi/Bosnian etc. Mostly there were hispanic and African American students among the minority. If you push your kid at home too, they have all the tools to succeed at this school. Do extracurriculars!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2007

The staff, music, sports, and events are all the best I'd experience in thirteen years of education within the Boise School Distrect. The spirit of that school, and the absolute values every staff member and student holds within that buiding is something like you'll never find anywhere else. I walked away from three years at Borah with a new found sence of pride, dignity, and self respect. Every year better than the last, Borah's ever changing diversity and story is bragged about by every person affected by it. Dominating in both sports and music, everywhere we went students at Borah turned heads and struck awe. My education at Borah, including, and never limited to my academic education put me through an amazing change for the better. I find I have a higher respect for others, and a more matured and emotional view on the impact expected from me on the world.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 16, 2006

I am a former student of Borah High. I can honestly say I had an amazing 3 years. They went by way to fast! The staff/teachers are friendly and are willing to use their lunch period and/or free periods to help their students go above their potential. The music program is the best in the state. The music directors know their students and over the years the students strive to perform their best because of loyalty and dedication to their program. The hardwork of the directors is what makes their individual program hold the records it has today. The yearbook advisor and english teacher is an amazing teacher. She's one of the teachers that makes a lasting impression on a students life. Borah couldn't ask for a better teacher than her. Even after graduation, students still write/email/call/visit their former teachers because of the impression the teachers left.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 6, 2004

My daughter is having a lot of fun at borah, shes making a lot of new friends and loves most of her teachers. shes on dance team and they have many great experiences, she supports her team and other organizations at the school, it has helped her to become a better person
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Teachers are wonderful. Football- Varsity coach is too demeaning to kids. Unfair and unsafe practices. The principal and staff is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2003

I have taught at Borah for 32 years. There's no better place to educate your child in the state of Idaho. Borah graduates are the most loyal of alumni.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2003

The English department is wonderful. Staff is more than willing to work to assist students. The best school my kids have attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Borah lives for its traditions. It has great school spirit, and wonderful school activities. Borah is a great social school, and very involved in the community. The music department is amazing, especially choir. Borah has a wide variety of AP classes available which challenge more advance students. It also has a great program for special needs students. Borah has great teachers, but it needs to raise the bar and do more to help its students do so as well. Because there aren't really many new neighborhoods that feed into Borah's district, it tends to be a little lower class. But Borah's traditions more than make up for that.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 10, 2003

This school is situated in a cozy neighborhood in Boise. The music department is the best in the state and the faculty is home grown.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 72% in 2013.

482 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

480 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 24% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
22%
Math

The state average for Math was 25% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 38% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
25%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 19% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 19% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 29% in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students66%
Female68%
Male64%
African American23%
Asian36%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Special education25%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)3%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female65%
Male74%
African American24%
Asian48%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Special education19%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)15%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
African American46%
Asian42%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Special education41%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)21%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female62%
Male67%
African American27%
Asian36%
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Special education22%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students8%
Female17%
Male0%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged4%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%

Math

All Students23%
Female17%
Male29%
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)19%

Reading

All Students29%
Female33%
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)19%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 78%
Hispanic 9% 16%
Asian 4% 1%
Black 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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6001 Cassia St
Boise, ID 83709
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