We are energized by our solid partnership with the education institutions in Meridian, primarily Joint School District #2 and Idaho State University who opened the doors to ISU-Meridian, the Treasure Valley campus in the fall of 2009.
The School District which has a 94% graduation rate continues to expand and bring new opportunities to Meridian youth. Two schools, each with unique offerings that compliment the quality education our district provides opened in the fall of 2008, Rocky Mountain High School and Sienna K-8 School.
In the fall of 2009, Renaissance High School, a magnet school opened bringing new opportunities to the community. RHS combines rigorous academics with the International Baccalaureate program and challenge students to push their talents and interests. Students are able to specialize in Law and Leadership, Research and Medical Arts, or International Studies. This 300,000 square foot facility is located in the School District building; adjacent to Renaissance Professional Technical Center that offers elective classes in pre-engineering, architecture, and construction.
RHS shares a building with ISU in their new facility. We have worked with ISU to not only strengthen educational programs but to create partnerships with the private sector. The ISU President’s Southwestern Idaho Advisory Council on Health Science Education and Economic Excellence is focused on specific business and research opportunities. This Council of business and educational leaders is helps prepare ISU to expand health science education opportunities and support the efforts of The CORE.
With 28 elementary schools, 3, kindergarten-8 schools, 9 middle schools, and 9 high schools there truly is something for everyone in Joint School District No. 2. Click here to learn more about how they are preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges.
Higher education is important to the community and the Chairman of the Board of the College of Western Idaho – said it best: “In any community college, focus should be on community. This defines our mission and the service we provide.” Yes, bringing a community college to the Treasure Valley was a fight worth fighting; our citizens’ and business community are reaping the benefits. CWI serves the needs of business – training employees to have competitive skills. CWI is for our citizens – providing for those seeking career advancements in a meaningful and cost effective way.
In addition, we continue to see expansions and new higher education opportunities in Meridian. In 2010 the University of Phoenix built a new campus in Meridian and 2011 brings the newest member to our community, Broadview University.
These are all key ingredients to a premiere place to raise a family!