North Idaho STEM Charter Academy Celebrates Inaugural Graduating Class

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Founded as a K-8 school with the mission of providing its students with a rigorous and challenging learning environment, North Idaho STEM Charter Academy expanded in 2014, as part of the ’20 in 10′ strategy, to become a full K-12 school. On April 30, 2018, the school held a college signing day (complete with ball caps) to celebrate their first-ever graduating class.

Though the class is small, only seven students, their list of accomplishments is remarkable. In addition to collectively earning over $500,000 in scholarships and acceptance to 18 different colleges, these graduates are the first to receive Idaho’s newly-minted STEM Diploma. Championed by Sen. Nonini, this diploma recognizes students with work ethic, persistence and grit, who earn above and beyond the required high school STEM credits. North Idaho STEM Charter Academy is the highest-scoring school on the SAT statewide, thanks to efforts of these students. Four of these students are members of the NASA CubeSAT team. Four will graduate with Associate degrees from North Idaho College, and three were selected as Idaho Aerospace Scholars, attending space camp at BSU/NASA’s Ames Research Center last summer. Congrats class of 2018! 

Additional Reading:
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