Award Year: 2019

Chief Joseph Elementary School

1100 East Chateau Drive
Meridian, ID, 83646-3403

(208) 350-4200

Mrs. Gretchen Hart, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Meridian Joint District No 2

School Website


The Chief Joseph School mission is to pursue excellence in academics, the arts, and character development.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 77%
  • Hispanic: 16%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Chief Joseph Elementary students are caring, motivated learners!

Chief Joseph Elementary students are caring, motivated learners!

High-achieving and culturally diverse, Chief Joseph Elementary School, located in Meridian, Idaho, prides itself on its unwavering dedication to 'growing' its 550 kindergarten through fifth grade students, as well as on its strong sense of community, integration of the arts, and attention to individual needs! Students are held to a high standard, within a school culture of kindness, calm and respect, and staff work hard to ensure that all children learn. At Chief Joseph, staff assume a collective accountability for students, and regularly come together as teams to plan interventions, map curriculum, and analyze data. Student growth and progress is celebrated through daily announcements, vibrant displays of art and writing, all-school assemblies, and classroom celebrations of goals met.

Families are welcome partners in their children's education, and are encouraged to volunteer in classrooms, attend the school's frequent parent involvement events, and stay in close communication with teachers. More than 40% of Chief Joseph students receive free or reduced price meals, and nearly 15% are English Language Learners. The school's diversity contributes to its success, as students learn through experience that every member has unique talents and strengths. Attendance is closely monitored, home visits are typical, and instruction stretches from bell to bell. Valued and loved, each student at Chief Joseph School is taught the tools to be a 'Chief Joseph Champion', an exemplary citizen and a lifelong learner!