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Bishop Kelly High School

Bishop Kelly High School is a coeducational private Catholic traditional school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban


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Bishop Kelly High School is a private Catholic high school founded in 1964 in Boise, Idaho. BK educates students in the Catholic tradition, focusing on the development of the whole person – spirit, mind and body.

Our close knit school community is made up of more than 65 faculty and staff members, approximately 740 students in grades 9 through 12, an incredible group of involved and supportive parents, and more than 7,000 alumni from Bishop Kelly and our predecessor, Saint Teresa’s Academy. Our school community encourages our students to strive for excellence in and out of the classroom. We live and grow in our faith together, and have many opportunities to put the Bishop Kelly prayer into action…

“Help me to see Jesus in others, and help others to see Jesus in me.”

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Bishop Kelly provides each of our students the opportunity to find academic success. Our students are challenged to perform at their full potential, and we pride ourselves on preparing graduates to succeed at the next level of their education.

BK’s graduation requirements meet or exceed the entrance requirements for all state and most private colleges and universities. 98% of our graduates go on to colleges and universities. Our senior class is offered millions of dollars in merit based scholarships to colleges and universities throughout the US and Canada.

Bishop Kelly students qualify as National Merit Scholars at three to four times the national average, more than any other high school in Idaho on a per capita basis. Our SAT and ACT scores are consistently and significantly higher than the state and national averages. And for those students who excel academically, we offer access to AP and advanced courses in a variety of subjects.

Mission Statement

The Mission of Bishop Kelly High School has long been to “develop the total student in the Catholic tradition – spirit, mind, and body”. But what does that really mean? Our spirituality committee developed a graduate profile to put the mission statement into a more concrete vision of what a Bishop Kelly student should look like at graduation. This “Profile of a BK Graduate” guides us in developing our students mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and socially. These broad principles apply to each member of our diverse student body at BK.

In 2010 the “Profile of a BK Graduate” became an important guide that helped the Bishop Kelly community shape our roadmap for the future. The Profile of the BK Graduate is reflected in every goal of our strategic plan. From enhancing our spiritual and learning environment to creating opportunities for each of our students to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities, the development of our students in the Catholic tradition – spirit, mind, and body – drives us as we move forward.

Each Bishop Kelly graduate is prepared in the following areas:

Spirit •a relationship with Jesus Christ which manifests itself through service and a personal commitment to social justice •a knowledge of the Catholic Church’s teachings, as well as the compassion and dedication to live out those teachings •an ability to evaluate moral choices and issues based on a well-formed conscience, the teachings of the Catholic Church, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit •an awareness of world religions and an appropriate respect for the beliefs of others •a deep sense of spirituality and a desire for spiritual growth, prayer, and personal reflection •an ability to form strong, respectful and meaningful relationships based on Christian values

Mind •a capacity for creativity, critical thinking, questioning, and reflective problem solving •an ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information from different sources •an exceptional academic foundation in a broad range of subjects •an ability to effectively communicate in both written and oral forms •a firm grasp of technology and its role in maximizing learning •an appreciation for the power of positive self-expression through the arts and literature

Body •a recognition that one’s body is a gift from God •an acceptance of the responsibility to treat one’s own body with modesty and respect •an ability to establish physical, social, and emotional boundaries and respect for the boundaries of others •a lifetime commitment to healthful nutrition and physical activity •a dedication to physical balance, harmony and self-control •an acknowledgement of discipline, perseverance, and courage as keys to success



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Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 730
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 200
10 185
11 175
12 162
Ungraded 8

Bishop Kelly High School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Bishop Kelly High School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1
Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Dress Code Formal
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 79%
Multi-racial 5%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%


Bishop Kelly is home to 32 men’s and women’s athletic teams. We compete in District 4A against local and regional high schools. Bishop Kelly has won 104 State Titles in their 50 year history. More than 50 of those have been won in the last decade. Sports Illustrated Magazine even listed BK as the best athletic program in Idaho. Bishop Kelly’s smaller student population means that there are plenty of opportunities for every student athlete who wants to participate to get involved. Come watch a game or take a tour of our athletic complex, the Carley Center. You will see that at Bishop Kelly we work hard, and play hard too!

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