Partner School News

5th Grade Student From Ammon Creates Community Garden to Feed Hungry Families

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Sidonah Colvin is on a mission to help feed hungry families in her community. She’s doing this by working with the mayor and other city officials of Ammon, Idaho, to create a community garden, and she’s doing it in the midst of a global pandemic. Sidonah’s project started at school – Alturas International Academy in Idaho Falls. Alturas is an…

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5 Things We Learned from Idaho Charter School Leaders as Their Students Switch to Online Learning — and 2 Thoughts for the Future

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by Kristen McCarver and Josh McCarty As the need to transition to remote learning grew more apparent, many of Idaho’s charter school leaders began to plan their transition from their current teaching methods to remote options. We brought these schools together virtually to talk about how they are working to serve their families, children and communities during the COVID-19 shutdown,…

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One of Idaho’s First Charter Schools Plans Ambitious Expansion

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by Alan Gottlieb When Jed Splittgerber’s oldest son was a baby, Jed assumed Milo would attend the nearby Boise public elementary school when it was time for kindergarten. “It’s a great school and our driveway touched its backyard,” he said. But as Milo approached school age, Jed began researching options. And when he heard from a coworker about Anser Charter…

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Bluum Schools to Provide Free All-Day Kindergarten

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News Coverage: Albertson Foundation awards $1.5 million for all-day kindergarten 17 Idaho schools staring up free all-day kindergarten North Idaho STEM to offer all-day kindergarten Albertson Foundation grant to focus on all-day K Education Notebook: Alturas receives kindergarten grant from Bluum Press Release, 1/22/2019 | Download   The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has awarded the Boise-based education nonprofit Bluum…

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Let’s Celebrate 2,274 New Learning Opportunities

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Mark your calendars to help us celebrate the opening of three unique schools, the expansion of two more, and the 2,274 new educational opportunities they represent for the children and families in their communities. Elevate Academy Idaho New School Fellows Matt Strong & Monica White have spent nearly two years building Elevate Academy, which will train and create a pipeline…

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Classical School Brings New Life to Classic Rural Community Building

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Overshadowed by a stately brick building in downtown Fruitland, the faded blue mailbox marked “Fruitland Community Library Book Drop” hints at the structure’s past purpose. Chain-link fence surrounds the entire perimeter to protect the $3.2 million-dollar transformation taking place inside. Constructed as a school in 1928, the stalwart structure has been a landmark ever since. When it was closed as…

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New charter school aims to reach rural Idaho students

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by Savannah Cardon, Idaho Press MIDDLETON — A new public charter school aimed at providing education to underserved rural Idaho counties is slated to open this fall. Forge International is a K-5, year-round public charter school that will bring international baccalaureate education to students in Canyon, Gem and Payette counties. International baccalaureate education is an internationally recognized program designed to…

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Idaho New School Fellows break ground in Caldwell

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by Kristen McCarver Cars lined both sides of Chicago Avenue in Caldwell on a clear, warm, autumn day, and a growing crowd gathered near an excavator in the dirt lot that is the new home of Elevate Academy. Parents, future students, business partners, and even Caldwell’s Mayor, Garrett Nancolas, helped Elevate Academy break ground for their new facility (which will…

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New charter school will be in Fruitland’s Olde School

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Submitted information, The Argus Observer FRUITLAND — Treasure Valley Classical Academy, a public charter school offering a classical education devoted to teaching classical liberal arts and sciences, as well as instruction in principles of moral character and virtue, announced it will open in Fruitland for the 2019-20 school year. The tuition-free school will begin with grades kindergarten through sixth. The…

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School Open House, Big Success

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by Shay Angelo NAMPA, Idaho, October 2018: Gem Prep: Nampa held an open-house ceremony this month to celebrate the opening of their new school building located at 310 W. Iowa Avenue, Nampa, Idaho. The school community along with local business and education leaders attended the celebration. Students played an integral part in the ribbon cutting ceremony and festivities. A highlight of the…

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