Education & Schools
The high priority set on quality education by the public school districts in Kootenai County is reflected in the consistently above-average SAT scores. Education, the community’s most valuable long-term resource, begins with Kindergarten and is consistent through the twelfth grade.
Kootenai County is served by four school districts, they are:
Coeur d’Alene # 271 serves the City of Coeur d’Alene and Hayden Lake. The district serves over 9,300 students in grades K through 12 and provides Project Coeur d’Alene an alternative high school. The district office is located at 311 N, 10th St. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 83814. Telephone (208) 664-8241 fax (208) 664-1748 or see web address below
Lakeland, District #272 is based in Rathdrum and serves over 4100 students in the cities of Rathdrum, Twin Lakes, Spirit Lake, Athol, and Hauser. Lakeland is one of the top rated districts in the state. The district office is located at 1564 Washington St. Rathdrum, Idaho, 83858. Telephone (208) 687-0431 or see web address below
Post Falls, District #273 serves 4400 students in the City of Post Falls. The district provides one high school, a middle school and three elementary schools. The district also offers an alternative high school which serves students from both Post Falls and Lakeland School districts. The district office is located at 206 W. Mullan Ave. Post Falls, Idaho, 83854. Telephone (208) 773-1658 or see web address below
Kootenai Joint School District #274 is located about 45 miles southeast of Coeur d’Alene and has a student population of approximately 300 in grades K-12. The district employs 18 support staff, 22 instructional staff and two administrators. The district office is located at 8100 E. O’ Gara Road, Harrison, ID 83833. Telephone (208) 689-3631 or see web address below
In addition to the public school system, Kootenai County also has many fine private schools. They are: Coeur d’Alene Christian School, North Idaho Christian School, Falls Academy and Lake City Junior Academy.
The University of Idaho has a center located in Coeur d’Alene that allows students to finish various degrees in education and business without having to leave the Coeur d’Alene area. The College of Education programs include bachelor and graduate degrees in industrial technology, education, human services and counseling.
North Idaho College
For more than 60 years, North Idaho College (NIC), a two year institution, has served Idaho’s five northern counties with comprehensive educational programs. The college is fully accredited and offers a wide verity of academic programs for students who want to continue their studies. NIC also offers more than 25 applied technology programs, as well as a broad range of special interest classes and customized training programs for area business and industry. The college annually enrolls more than 4,000 credit students. Another 9,000 students attend non-credit and special interest classes.
North Idaho College is a center for the performing arts, home to an outstanding intercollegiate athletic program, and the site for many community sponsored events. NIC’s 1,148 seat auditorium houses a full season of performing by the college orchestra, choir, jazz and symphonic bands, madrigal singers and theater groups. More than 2,500 fans can gather in the gymnasium to cheer on NIC basketball, wrestling, and volleyball teams. The college’s beautiful 44 acre campus also supports baseball, track and cross-country, softball and soccer teams. Known locally as “the college on the lake,” NIC takes full advantage of more than 3,300 feet of waterfront on Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River. The college teaches sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, and is a perfect spot to enjoy the summer sun, a refreshing swim, or a family picnic. To contact NIC, call (208) 769-3303; fax (208) 769-7760 or see web address below
Lewis-Clark State College – Coeur d’Alene Center
Established in 1979 to provide baccalaureate degrees to the residents of northern Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College’s Coeur d’Alene Center offers the final two years of a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration, Communications Arts, General Studies, Justice Studies, Nursing (BSN), and Social Work. Classes are offered day, evenings, and weekends in intensive formats to meet the needs of working students. Eligible students may earn college credits for work, military and vocational/technical experiences to apply to certain degrees. Approximately 3350 students are currently pursuing degrees through the Coeur d’Alene Center.
Lewis-Clark State College’s main campus was founded in 1893 in Lewiston, Idaho, 120 miles south of Coeur d’Alene. The Coeur d’Alene Center is located on the North Idaho College campus at 715 River Ave. For further information call (208) 666.6707; fax (208) 666-6712 or see web address below
University of Idaho – Coeur d’Alene Center
The University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene Instructional Center (UI-CDA) was established in 1981 with the mission to provide continued growth in a wide range of quality education opportunities for North Idaho residents. UI-CDA has continued to fulfill that land-grant assignment and has plans designed to expand the University of Idaho services to meet the demand of our changing issues. Current degree programs draw from the Colleges of Education and Letters and Science. Programs include degrees in elementary education, K-12 physical education, K-12 special education, environmental science; graduate degrees in education, educational administration, counseling a d human services, vocational teacher and adult education, and two specialist degrees.
The UI-CDA collaborates with other educational institutions and community groups. As a member of the Coeur d’Alene Area Chamber of Commerce, the University has assumed an active role in educational and research projects. The Thomas O. Bell New Century Classroom provides a place for public school teachers and students to study in a classroom with the latest technology. The UI Research and Development Park links economic development strategies with University research and technologies. The Northern Idaho Center for Higher Education (NICHE) is a coalition of UI, North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College and Idaho State University to combine services for expanded educational opportunities. The directors of the UI-CDA, Washington State University Spokane, and Gonzaga University are developing a collaborative agreement to combine programs to assist the communities and patrons of eastern Washington and North Idaho.
The University of Idaho is dedicated to its land-grant mission to provide outreach services to the people of northern Idaho. University of Idaho-Cd’A Center is located at 925 West Garden Ave.; (208) 667-2588; fax (208) 664-1272 or see web address below
Find them on the web
Coeur d’Alene School District
Idaho State University
Lewis Clark State College
Lakeland Joint S.D. #272
North Idaho College / Workforce Training Center
Post Falls School District #273
University of Idaho
University of Idaho Research Park