Coeur d‘Alene Public Schools


We invest in each student to prepare, challenge and advance well-educated, resilient and future-ready citizens.


  • Welcome to Coeur d'Alene Public Schools!


    Coeur d'Alene Public Schools is an education leader, promoting opportunities for innovation in learning and inspiring excellence in everyone. Our mission statement: we invest in each student to prepare, challenge and advance well-educated, resilient and future-ready citizens.

    Currently, we serve nearly 11,000 students in Coeur d’Alene, Dalton Gardens, Hayden, Hayden Lake, and a portion of rural Kootenai County. Our district includes 16 schools: 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, two traditional high schools, and an alternative high school.  We also offer opportunities for students at a joint professional-technical high school campus (KTEC) shared by neighboring Lakeland and Post Falls school districts.

    We provide educational choices with three magnet programs:  Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities and Ramsey Magnet School of Science (both elementary), and Lakes Magnet Middle School with an emphasis on Science, Arts and Health.  While similar courses and programs are available district-wide, the magnet schools attract students by offering unique opportunities for in-depth experiences and study in specific areas of interest.  Other elementary schools of choice include Hayden Meadows, adopting an emphasis on technology, and Fernan STEM Academy, offering a science, technology, engineering, and math focus. The district also offers Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities for qualifying high school students, as well as dual enrollment programs with institutions such as the University of Idaho and North Idaho College.

    We have a district-wide graduation rate of 88.4% for 2015-2016 — an improvement of 3.5% from 2014-2015. We pride ourselves on being Idaho’s highest performing large school district in many measures of student achievement. While all the latest data is not yet available, the 2014-2015 statistics shows our students outscore other large districts in Idaho on additional measures of achievement and excellence and our overall graduation rate has increased by 10% in the last ten years. The percentage of our high school students who continue on to college (or professional-technical certification) exceeds both state and national averages, with better second-year retention, and our students have higher numbers of advanced credits entering college than other Idaho school districts.

    As the county’s third largest employer, Coeur d’Alene Public Schools has more than 1,300 employees. The District has shown strong financial stewardship of taxpayer dollars and holds the lowest overall tax rate of Idaho’s 20 largest school districts.


What's New:

  • Parents & Community Members Urged to Apply!

    Join CdA Schools as a committee member! We are now seeking Ad Hoc Committee Members for three different instructional materials committees, each reviewing materials for possible adoption for the 2017-2018 school year:

    • Fine and Performing Arts 
    • Elementary Social Studies
    • Career & Technical Education

    These advisory committees are made up largely of community members who collectively and individually, act as a sounding
    board and resource for the trustees who will use the committee’s recommendation to make a decision regarding these materials.

    DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 1, 2017. Get more information or view/print an application today!


    Do you know about the Levy and Bond? Investing in Our Schools Without Raising Taxes

    The School Board is asking voters to consider a two-year $16M M&O Levy and $35.5M Construction Bond. The Levy is an essential part (22%) of our operating budget, and provides funding for student programs and support, while the Bond will fund important building projects to address safety, equity of opportunity, future growth, and current overcrowding.

    Learn more about the levy, the bond and flat tax rate. PLEASE VOTE on March 14th.


    How are Snow Closure Decisions Made?

    School Snow Closures

    To Close or Not to Close?  Recent North Idaho weather has many people asking how these decisions are made. Emergency closures in our district are taken very seriously, and Superintendant Matt Handelman outlines the process and thinking involved in making a decision.

    Read about the factors involved in these decisions.


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    ReadyRosie / BringingUp

    Because you are the most important and influential person in your child’s life, we are proud to offer you a free subscription to ReadyRosie and BringingUp. All it takes is 2 minutes a day! You watch a quick daily video, do the interactive activity — you and your child will both learn and GROW!  

    ReadyRosie - School Readiness for ages 0-5  / BringingUp3rd Grade Proficiency for K-3rd Grade


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    Monthly School Board Meetings Now Online

    Starting September 2016, video recordings of Coeur d'Alene School Board meetings will be made available for online viewing. Board meetings are also broadcast on CDATV Channel 19 on a varying schedule. 

    Click here to watch our last meeting.


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    Child Find - FREE Developmental Screenings

    All children in our district 0-5 years old are eligible for a free screening to provide parents with information regarding their child's development in Speech & Language, Large & Small Muscles, Concepts, Vision & Hearing. A few screenings remain, to be held at Harding Head Start on 1/9, and 3/20.

    Call 666-6762 to schedule an appointment!

In the News:

Superintendent Letter


    Dear Parents and Guardians of Coeur d’Alene Public School Students,

    It’s hard to believe I’m entering my seventh year in our great school district, my fourth as superintendent. I continue to marvel at the amazing staff and supportive community that join to support our most precious resource: our kids.

    It is a humbling yet exciting responsibility to oversee the education and well-being of our projected more-than 10,800 students. We have been in a period of unprecedented growth, which means our community is thriving and people want to be part of our district.

    This is great news, though it also poses challenges as we seek creative ways to not only educate, but also find classroom space for our students. In order to meet the growing population and complete our promise to voters to lower class-size targets (this year in 1st, 3rd and 5th grades), we hired more than a dozen new teachers.

    Most of our student population growth is in the northwest portion of our district, as schools there continue to overflow. We have addressed this with both some boundary changes and some additional portable classroom use.

    Also due to the generosity of our voters through the supplemental levy in March of 2015, we are for the second year in a row replacing core K-12 curricular materials. Last school year, it was mathematics materials – our adoption incorporates great materials, instruction, assessment and the use of technology – all of which will help our continued support of student growth. For 2016-17, the new materials funded by the levy will be science – again K-12. The new elementary materials will allow for genuine hands-on science learning for our students; in our middle and high schools we will be able to enhance the lab experiences of our students while tapping the most current materials through digital resources.

    I truly believe that we have a top-quality school system with top quality people. This is not to say that we are perfect – there is always room for improvement. We welcome your feedback and respectfully ask that when you have a concern that you share it with the appropriate person – most often your first point of contact will be your child’s teacher(s). Building administrators are also there to help, as are those of us in the district office – we have an elementary director and a secondary director who are available to problem-solve if your concerns are not being addressed to your satisfaction. I, too, am here to listen and problem-solve if you still need help!

    That said, teachers, support staff and administrators “in the trenches” of schools every day work diligently and compassionately with so many students and deserve all of our appreciation. So, I also want to encourage you to share good news and positive thoughts with your child(ren)’s teachers.

    Again, thank you for your support and generosity. I’m looking forward to partnering with you toward another exciting and successful school year in Coeur d’Alene Public Schools.


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    Matthew Handelman

    Superintendent – Coeur d’Alene School District 271