Joint School District No. 2; Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Star

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 Chief Joseph Elementary

1100 E. Chateau Drive
Meridian, ID 83646
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Phone: (208) 350-4200
Fax: (208) 350-4209
Absent: (208) 350-4201

Principal:  Gretchen Hart  

Enrollment: 560
Capacity: 650

 Health Clinic

The Meridian Schools Clinic is now providing health care services for Chief Joseph Elementary School students.  For more information click on the link below.
Chief Joseph School of the Arts

Chief Joseph School of the Arts:

In the fall of 2012 Chief Joseph Elementary became an arts school of choice. At Chief Joseph, the core subjects are still emphasized; they are simply infused with art integrated study and strategies. Students have additional opportunities in the visual arts, in choral and instrumental music, and in creative writing taught by highly trained teachers.

Our goal is to further integrate the arts into the district curriculum through the exploration of a variety of the arts media. This supports our mission of pursuing excellence in academics, the arts, and character development. Through the arts, students will have the opportunity to develop self-confidence, poise, and leadership skills while learning creatively.

Families interested in attending Chief Joseph are responsible for providing their own transportation.

Mission Statement:

  • Pursuing excellence in academics, the arts, and character development.

Vision Statement:

  • Chief Joseph School of the Arts will develop students who are well-rounded, life-long learners with academic and social skills that empower them to be responsible and contributing members in an ever-changing and diverse world.

Focusing on the Arts Really Works!

Educational research demonstrates that a focus on the arts helps students become better readers and problem solvers, especially when arts are integrated as part of the school's curriculum. Through an arts infused curriculum, students learn to utilize higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking, analyzing, and decision-making.

Teachers at Chief Joseph address state and district standards by using visual arts, creative writing, and various other arts media in and out of the classroom. These experiences provide a means for students to construct their own knowledge and a deeper understanding of important concepts.

Skillfully integrated arts-based activities (drawing, creative writing, drama, sculpture, singing, dancing, and playing music) enhance student learning and help students acquire basic developmental skills in engaging and meaningful ways.

Applying to Chief Joseph School of the Arts:

The Lottery application period opens on January 7, 2014 for new students (including those entering kindergarten) interested in attending Chief Joseph for the 2014-15 school year. The link to the online application is located on our home page (click on gold "General School of Choice Online Application" button).

Although the Lottery has been held for the 2014-15 school year, late applications are still being accepted.

If you do not have computer access, you are welcome to visit Chief Joseph and complete the application on a school computer. Please feel free to call our school office with any questions you may have.

Please note that families interested in attending Chief Joseph School of the Arts are responsible for their own transportation.

For more information on the Lottery process, please go to:

Chief Joseph School of the Arts is looking for new or gently used donations of musical instruments (flutes, clarinets, trumpets, half size violins, cello) that students in need can use to join the school's newly formed Band and Orchestra programs. Please contact the Chief Joseph School office at #350-4200 to make a much-appreciated donation. Thank you for your generosity!





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