Bluum works closely with the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation to seek out, vet and support high-performing school models that are committed and capable of expanding their efforts in Idaho. These innovative school models include current Idaho-based charters and private schools that have proven themselves academically and operationally, have established student wait lists, and demonstrate excellence in their performance. We also work to recruit top charter management organizations to Idaho, especially those committed to serving minority and at-risk students. Finally, Bluum will provide support to school district improvement efforts that offer the possibility of transformative change for how learning and instruction are made available to students.
Partners receiving grant support directly from Bluum, or from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation on the recommendation of Bluum, include:
- Public Charter Schools
- Private Schools
- Public District Schools
Alturas International Academy is a public charter school in Idaho Falls that promotes academic distinction while empowering students to be principled and intellectual leaders. Using the International Baccalaureate program and multi-age classroom model, classrooms become communities that support, encourage, and learn together. Utilizing ’20 in 10′ support and working closely with Building Hope, Alturas has moved into the historic O.E. Bell Building, in the heart of the Idaho Falls community, allowing them to grow to serve a diverse group of up to 588 students by the year 2020.
Compass Public Charter School is regularly rated one of Idaho’s top performing public schools. The school has some of the top ACT scores in the state. Compass provides students with a balanced structure of rigor with inquiry-based learning and character development that has provided outstanding academic results for over ten years. Meridian-based Compass currently serves 665 students in grades K-12. The school plans to grow to 1,143 students by 2020.
Gem Innovation Schools has emerged from the ten plus years of work by I-DEA (Idaho’s only 5-star rated online school). Gem is utilizing a state of the art blended Learning model of education to launch three new schools over the next decade. Gem Prep/I-DEA currently enroll 700 students statewide and their growth plan calls for ultimately serving 2,500 students with brick and mortar campuses in Pocatello, the Treasure Valley and in the Coeur d’ Alene area.
Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa currently serves 780 students. The school has a strong track record of success over a decade – being at least a 4-star school every year the state had a rating system – and a waitlist of more than 700 students. The arts enthuse every aspect of the school’s operations and it has received approval from the Nampa School Board to add a new campus that will serve another 580 K-8 students by 2020.
North Idaho STEM Charter Academy was founded to prepare students, through rigorous and relevant content, to be productive and successful citizens by developing a strong work ethic and the higher-level critical thinking skills needed to solve problems in the real world. North Idaho STEM had the second highest proficiency scores in math, out of more than 700 schools in Idaho on the 2015-16 ISAT, while ELA scores were in the top five percent of schools state wide.
Pathways In Education: Nampa is part of the Pathways In Education organization of charter schools. While new to Idaho, the Pathways model is a well-established educational model that has already helped 9-12th graders in other states get back on track to graduation.Their model blends in-person instruction and testing with independent at-home study to provide a flexible and supportive learning environment. Students have scheduled appointments with their teachers and scheduled small-group instruction, but the majority of the work is self-driven. Students are accountable for their own success, which “creates a great sense of ownership in the students,” according to Social Science Teacher Craig Naylor, who has seen the transformation firsthand.
Sage International School of Boise was created with the mission of developing internationally-minded citizens of the word, ready to compete and engage in the global marketplace. Students who complete the program at Sage will graduate as true citizens of the world community, with particularly well-developed skills in languages, analytical problem solving, and cultural understanding. With funds from Building Hope and ’20 in 10,’ Sage consolidated 2 campuses and moved into a new 130,000 square foot building, which has allowed them to add almost 500 new students over the course of 2 academic years.
Upper Carmen Public Charter School is a well-established high performing school that serves 85 students in the remote rural community of Upper Carmen. The school is authorized by the Salmon School District and has received approval to launch a blended-model high school for area students. The blended and non-traditional high school will offer both Upper Carmen charter and Salmon district students dual-credit opportunities, college prep coursework, and a career tech program. The Upper Carmen Charter School expects to add up to 45 new 9-12 seats by 2017.
Grace Lutheran is a high-performing pre-K-8 private school located in Pocatello. The school has been operating for over 60 years and currently enrolls 400 students in grades pre-K-8. With the full support and blessing of the church the school will add a high school. Their plan calls for creating 300 new seats, launching with 9th grade in 2016 and adding subsequent grades over the next three years.
St. Ignatius Catholic School is the first Catholic school to be built in Idaho’s beautiful Treasure Valley in over 50 years They We are committed to providing an excellent academic foundation within a community of faith rooted in principles of respect, responsibility and recognition of each student’s unique capacity for growth in mind, body and character. The school features an innovative curriculum design that blends traditional, blended, and personalized learning to create a highly individualized learning experience. St. Ignatius is currently serving 410 pre-K-8th grade students.
Treasure Valley Leadership Academy is a new innovation school in the Nampa School District offering personalized learning to high school students in the district. Thier educational model centers around project-based learning where students apply concepts to real-life scenarios, and the ability to move through the learning at a pace that suits their needs. Small classes create a community within the school, and an emphasis on leadership and integrity help student gain the skills necessary to become active community leaders.
West Ada School District with support from Bluum sent a team of 12 teacher leaders and administrators to visits in California with Summit Public Schools in Redwood City and Leadership High School in Hayward. The team also visited the Salt Lake City area Innovations Early College High School. The visits have helped the West Ada team develop a common understanding, a common vision, and a common drive toward enacting an innovative model.
Nampa School District in partnership with the Northwest Nazarene University’s Doceo Center received support from Bluum to visit Denver Public Schools, Summit Public Schools in California, Redmond Proficiency Academy in Oregon and the Education Achievement Authority in Detroit. The visits have helped inform the district’s strategic plan and the direction it takes with some of its innovation schools. Bluum continues to work with the district on its school improvement strategy.