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Watersprings School


Welcome to Watersprings School. We are a Private Christian School in Idaho Falls, Idaho serving over 400 students from Preschool through 12th Grade. It is a privilege and a pleasure to partner with our parents in the education of their children. We make it our goal to impact the lives of our students in such a way that causes them to seek after God and desire to follow Him.

Watersprings School not only teaches students the academic disciplines, but also strives to instill in their hearts Christ-like character. Students will be taught Biblical responses to conflict and how to apply scripture to their daily lives. Our programs inspire academic excellence, intellectual challenge, and individual attention. Most importantly, we have an unwavering commitment to guide our students to a life of faith in Jesus, to develop their worldview around Biblical truths, to build integrity in their decision making, and to develop a servant’s heart for a lifetime of glorifying and serving the Lord.

We invite you to learn more about Watersprings School not only through our website, but also with a personal visit to our school. See for yourself why Watersprings School is a good fit for your family.

In Christ,
Katheryn King, Elementary Principal
Wendy Putnam, Middle School/High School Principal


QuotePartnering with Christian parents, Watersprings School provides a Christ-centered education built upon a biblical foundation of love, truth, and discipline and trains students spiritually, academically, physically, and socially for a lifetime of glorifying and serving the Lord.


Spiritually our students will...

  • Understand and be encouraged to commit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,
  • Know, understand and apply the Bible as God’s infallible Word,
  • Be able to articulate and defend their Christian worldview while having a basic understanding of opposing worldviews.


Academically our students will...

  • Be well-prepared in all academic disciplines,
  • Have the skills to ask questions, solve problems and make wise decisions,
  • Know how to utilize resources, including technology, and to find, analyze and evaluate information within a Christian context.


Physically our students will...

  • Treat their bodies as the temples of the Holy Spirit,
  • Demonstrate self-control based on Biblical standards,
  • Embrace the values of teamwork and sacrifice for the sake of others.


Socially our students will...

  • Learn to communicate effectively when speaking and writing,
  • Understand that work has dignity as an expression of the nature of God,
  • Respect the people with whom they work, play, and live and relate to them appropriately and with integrity.

History and Beliefs

In 1993, Pastor Rick Brown was walking the undeveloped property of the school and church and the Lord gave him the following verse: “He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into water springs,” Psalm 107:35. The Lord spoke to Rick's heart acknowledging the spiritual desert of this community and promised to turn it into pools of water and water springs.

In the fall of 1997, Calvary Chapel Christian School of Idaho Falls started with only a handful of students. The desire of the school was to provide a Christian education for believers in the Idaho Falls community.

Twenty years after the church started, in celebration of the Lord doing a great work in the valley of Southeast Idaho, the church changed its name to Watersprings Church. Following the churches name change, Calvary Chapel Christian School changed its name to Watersprings School. Each year following 1997, the school has continued to grow and add classes, faculty, staff, amenities, and buildings as needed. The first senior class graduated in 2014.

We have a new auxiliary gym, main gym, and beautiful two-story educational wing.

Philosophy of Education

Quote"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." -Luke 2:52

style only The Watersprings School Philosophy of Education is based on the truth that God’s word is the standard for all truth, and that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant and authoritative work of God. God has created and sustains all things. Therefore, the universe and man were created by God to glorify Him. Because of the sin nature, man cannot, through his own efforts, know or glorify God. It is only by accepting God’s free gift that man receives salvation through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

As an extension of the Christian home, Watersprings School supports parents who seek to obey Biblical instruction. Parents have the primary responsibility in educating their children in the ways of the Lord. Our purpose is to come alongside parents in that education, transforming and training our students according to the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that they can be a godly influence in the world.

For our 6th -12th graders, we take a discipleship approach to prepare our students to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. In these grades we encourage students to profess Jesus Christ as their Savior and to have a personal walk with Jesus. Regular church attendance is strongly encouraged.

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Statement of Faith

Watersprings is a non-denominational church/school focused on the inerrancy of the Bible and the expository teaching from Genesis to Revelation.

  • We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth; in His sinless life; in His miracles; in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood; in His bodily resurrection; in His ascension to the right hand of the Father; and in His personal return in power and glory.

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  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential, and that repentance for sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way to come into a relationship with God.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe it is important to uphold the Scriptural practices of the early church. Therefore, we hold to the practice of water baptism and the regular taking of communion. We do not believe that either of these practices is essential for salvation, but that they serve as a demonstration of our living faith in Christ.
  • We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
  • We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as defined in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
  • We belive that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)


Watersprings School
4250 S 25th East, Idaho Falls, ID 83404
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Meet our Staff

What sets Watersprings School apart is our faculty and staff. They provide each student with the tools they need to improve spiritually as well as academically, which is a picture of our Mission Statement.

All of our faculty and staff have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and as such, commit to these four core objectives:

  1. Love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37)
  2. Glorify God in all that we do (1Cor. 10:31)
  3. Promote maturity of our students in doctrine and practice (Eph. 6:4 & Colossians 1:28-29)
  4. Train our students in Christian service and ministry (2 Timothy 2:2)
Check out how our staff members live out our Mission Statement and objectives by reading about them below!

Meet the Team

Pastor Tyy Orr
Pastor Ty Orr
School Superintendent
Ty’s driving forces are his unquenchable passion to know God and understand His Word, and his compassionate love for God’s people. Coming to Christ in the late ‘80’s, he began serving at his church – a small Calvary Chapel – whenever and wherever possible.

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Pastor Ty and Laurie Orr
Pastor Ty & Laurie Orr
Eventually, Ty started serving full-time, becoming the youth pastor of the church, then the assistant pastor, and finally an interim senior pastor of that fellowship. The Lord, then led Ty to Salmon, Idaho where he has been pastoring until his call here to Idaho Falls. We are excited to welcome Ty, Laurie, his wife of over 20 years, and their three boys Joshua, Caleb and Benjamin to Watersprings Church!

Pastor Scotty Brown
Mr. Scotty Brown
School Pastor | PE Coach
Phone: (208) 542-6250 | sbrown@waterspringsschool.net
bullet point What are your main responsibilities?
To love, teach and discipline our students.
bullet point What do you love about Watersprings School?
It creates an atmosphere that allows young people to become all that God created them to be.

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bullet point Why do you think a Christian education is important?
It answers the 3 big questions in every human heart. Where did I come from, why am I here, and where am I going. God created us, we are here to know him, and we are going to heaven.
bullet point How do you make a difference in the lives of students?
Show them the love of Jesus!
bullet point What sets Watersprings School students apart?
They know the creator of the universe personally.
bullet point Anything else you would like to share?
Because the kids know Jesus (Colossians 2:3), they are more mature in every area of life. Academically, physically, socially and spiritually.

Katheryn King
Mrs. Katheryn King
Principal (Preschool and Elementary)
Phone: (208) 542-6250 | kking@waterspringsschool.net
icon only What are your main responsibilities?
I have the privilege of working very closely with all the students, parents, and staff of the Elementary and Preschool grades at Watersprings School. If there are any problems or if someone needs someone to talk or pray with, I am the one for the job! I also oversee the Curriculum, Programs, and Teacher Professional Development.
icon only What do you love about Watersprings School?
I love that Watersprings is all about Jesus. Everything we do is for Him; to glorify Him. Everyone who works here is here to serve Jesus, by serving His kiddos.

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icon only Why do you think a Christian education is important?
Christian education at Watersprings is so important because it provides a superior education that meets state standards but from a Biblical perspective. Our Mission Statement conveys it perfectly: "Partnering with Christian parents, Watersprings School utilizes a Godly foundation of love, truth and discipline to train our students spiritually, academically, physically and socially for a lifetime of glorifying and serving the Lord."
icon only How do you make a difference in the lives of students?
Every single day I get to spend time in God’s Word and I pray and ask the Lord to use me as His vessel. I make sure that my personal itinerary is not the priority and that I am open to whatever He brings my way. It’s not me making the difference, its Christ working through me.
icon only What sets Watersprings School students apart?
We have an incredible staff and student body! They not only soak up God’s Word, they live it out in the classroom, on the playground, in their homes and in the community.
icon only Anything else you would like to share?
In 2000, I took a job working in a Special Education Classroom. It was then that I knew that the Lord had created me to teach. In 2004, the Lord brought me to Watersprings and since then, I have had the privilege of teaching 2nd grade, 4th grade and High School Bible and Literature. In 2013, Pastor Rick placed me in the position of Elementary Principal and I have been so blessed to work with all the incredibly gifted staff and student body. I am so thankful that the Lord has given me a passion and joy for education and for working with His children!

Wendy Putnam
Mrs. Wendy Putnam
Principal (Middle School/High School)
Phone: (208) 542-6250 | wputnam@waterspringsschool.net

Meet our Preschool and Elementary Team by clicking here...
Meet our Middle School and High School Team by clicking here...

Opportunities to Serve

Watersprings School is always looking for volunteers to help out in the office, in classrooms, during lunch, and at recess. If you love Jesus and enjoy working with children, please complete a Volunteer Application.

Faculty and Staff
Watersprings School is always looking for quality people to join our team. If you love Jesus and are interested in serving Him with us, please complete an on-line application here. If you prefer to print out the the application, you can do so here. Applications can be emailed to school@waterspringsschool.net or dropped off at the school office.

Current Openings

Substitute Teachers
Watersprings School is looking for Substitute Teachers for the 2020/2021 school year. If you are interested we invite you to submit an application by clicking here. Or you can apply online by clicking here.

Substitute Bus Driver
We are also looking for a substitute bus driver to drive students to field trips and sporting events. If you have a CDL with a passenger endorsement please complete an Employment Application and email it to school@waterspringsschool.net or bring it in to the school office. Or you can apply online here.

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