Caldwell High School

3401 South Indiana, Caldwell, ID 83605 | (208) 455-3304
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Student Enrollment: 1,583
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3.5 out of 5 | 4 Reviews
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School Description

School Summary and Highlights
Additional Contact Information
  • Mailing Address: 3401 S Indiana, Caldwell, ID 83605
  • Principal or Admin: Mike Farris
  • Fax: (208) 455-3256
School Operational Details
  • Title I Eligible
    All students of this school are eligible for participation in authorized programs.
School District Details
  • Caldwell School District
  • Per-Pupil Spending: $6,852
  • Graduation Rate: 67.7%
  • Dropout Rate: 4.6%
  • Students Per Teacher: 18.8
  • Enrolled Students: 6,248

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 1,583
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 76.8
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 20.6
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 806 (50.9%)
  • Females: 777 (49.1%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 120 (7.6%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 913 (57.7%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 1,033 (65.3%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Caldwell High School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian130.8%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Caldwell High School
  Number Percent
9th Grade45929.0%
10th Grade40525.6%
11th Grade37723.8%
12th Grade34221.6%
Faculty Educational Background (2006-07)
  • Teachers with a Bachelor's Degree: 71%
  • Teachers with a Master's Degree or Higher:28%
Faculty Salary and Experience (2006-2007)
  • Average Teaching Experience: 15 Years
  • Average Salary: $40,703
Teacher Experience by Number of Years
Caldwell High School Teacher Experience in Years
  Salary Percent
1-5 Years of Teaching Experience$31,03132%
More Than 5 Years of Teaching Experience$45,24268%
Source: ID Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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Overall Rating: 3.5

3.5 out of 5 | 4 Reviews
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4 reviews for Caldwell High School

  • Reviewed by Former Student on December 05, 2009
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Compared to other schools CHS is a very decent school in my opinion. The school offers plenty of AP classes that other schools can't afford at all. This school also has marching band and orchestra which many schools don't. I would say, the downside to this school is only in the general attitude of students and teachers. There is also a big emphasis on sports which non-athletic students generally dislike. I think the opportunities for learning are great, but the impression it leaves on you while attending is not very positive. The school has a lot of negative energy from a comparatively large amount of students and faculty.
  • Reviewed by Student on May 03, 2009
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I'm just going to start by saying that I did not enjoy my time at CHS. It is not a horrible school, though, and I think with a few changes it could be significantly better.

    The only reason I stayed at Caldwell High School was because of the orchestra program. Any music student will probably say the same thing: The CHS music program is Caldwell's best kept secret. We have consistently received high rankings at every competition and festival we went to, while having a ton of fun at the same time. You are lucky to find a music program like CHS's anywhere. The only thing holding us back is a lack of funding.

    That said, that was pretty much the only thing that CHS has gotten right, unfortunately, the administration does not seem to see this. Required core classes are easy and filled with students that do not want to learn, holding back the students that do want to learn. A lot of the teachers are new and do not know how to manage these students, making a completely unmanageable environment where little learning will take place. For students that do want to learn, though, CHS offers AP classes. Fitting these classes into a rigorous schedule, however, is near impossible, forcing you to pick and choose 1 or 2 AP classes and filling the rest of your schedule with simple filler classes where you will probably learn little in all year. If you are lucky, though, you will find a few teachers that stand out amongst the rest and make an amazing classroom environment. Unfortunately, they probably won't stay at Caldwell High School for very long. Every single science and math teacher I have had since my freshman year, excluding one, are no longer teaching at CHS. I am currently a graduating senior. That said, I had taken every science and math class that CHS offered by the end of my junior year. I just think that this is sad.

    For students that are self-motivated and willing to self-learn, CHS can be a great school just because he or she will be strides ahead of his or her classmates, which could be great for a resume or teacher recommendations. There are many opportunities for Caldwell students, just don't expect anyone on the administration to help you find them. Like I said, though, this makes it easier for hard working and self-motivated students to stand out.

    I think that CHS's biggest problem is the administration. It just doesn't feel like any of them actually care about his or her students. I contribute this to the fact that teachers are constantly coming and going from the school. I don't blame them; I wouldn't want to stay here for very long either.
  • Reviewed by Student on May 08, 2008
  • Rating: 3 (3 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Although this school has a unique touch, it isn't all it's cracked up to be. You see, it lacks a good many things, like multiple foreign language classes. It only has 2 foreign languages, being French and Spanish. These foreign languages don't even have more than 3 levels! Most other schools in this area have at least three foreign language classes and more than three levels to each. However, it does have it's upsides, although it's drama teacher can be somewhat odd at times, people every year come from all around the area to see our musical production in late feb.-early march. another thing that is inferior about this school is the core classes. The core classes are somewhat below average. they provide more work than other schools, but the work is easier, so you wind up with 6 hours of easy work every night. The band program also exceptional, the band is rather large, and our directors are awesome, if we had more funding than maybe we could go somewhere. The school for the most part only supports the sports related clubs, and Mexican related clubs. It provides release time for Mormon kids to go to seminary, but will hardly let anyone else have release time to do anything. overall i have to say this school's main problem is the administration. I teach myself many things, and am told it's wrong, even if i find several viable sources that say that what i say is true. This school is oppressive, racist, and favors Mormon children over most.

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