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Charter School for At-Risk Kids to Open in Caldwell

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by Andrew Reed, Idaho Education News A first-of-its-kind charter school is expected to open in Caldwell in the fall of 2019. Elevate Academy will focus on providing career-technical courses for at-risk students in Caldwell and neighboring communities. The goal is to bridge the gap between education and the work force. The Idaho Public Charter School Commission voted unanimously to approve the school last week,…

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Compass Public Charter School Plans for 2-Story School in West Meridian

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by Patty Bowen, Idaho Press A Meridian charter school that has almost quadrupled in size since opening plans to build a new facility. Compass Public Charter School is looking to build a two-story, 68,000-square-foot building on the northeast corner of West Franklin and South Black Cat roads. The new site is scheduled to open in fall 2019, pending city approval.…

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Gem Prep: Pocatello has plans to relocate into old Sears building inside Pine Ridge Mall

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by Shelbie Harris, Idaho State Journal The Sears store at the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck closed its doors in 2014 — the same year one local public charter school, Gem Prep Pocatello, opened its own. Now four years later, Gem Prep has plans to move from its current location on Jessie Clark Lane behind O.K. Ward Park in Pocatello…

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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…

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Grace Lutheran School

Rising Up — Grace Lutheran High School Continues to Grow

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by Scott Kraus, Idaho State Journal POCATELLO — Enrollment continues to increase at the 2-year-old Grace Lutheran High School in Pocatello as it finishes a 6,200-square-foot basement to house a permanent cafeteria, art room and foreign language room. Headmaster Rev. Jonathan Dinger said enrollment at the private religious school, which currently consists of grades 9 and 10, has already risen…

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Leaders in Learning: Bright Future in Garden City

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by Abigail Taylor, KBOI 2 News The founders of Future, Amanda Cox and Brad Petersen, say they want to prepare their students for jobs that do not even exist yet. “Our mission is to develop engineers of the future and of our community,” said Brad Petersen, Founder of Future Public School. “High growth areas in our economy are in computer…

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Next Gem Prep Charter School in the Works for Meridian

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by Holly Beech, Meridian Press A public charter school that blends online learning into the classroom is seeking approval to open in Meridian next year. Gem Prep: Meridian would be the fourth in a network of schools run by Gem Innovation Schools, Idaho’s first charter management organization. The organization also operates Gem Prep: Nampa, which opened last fall, Gem Prep:…

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Alturas Students & teachers get an up-close look at the remodeling in their new building.

Renovations on Track for Alturas’ New Building

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by Devin Bodkin, Idaho Education News Educators at Alturas are planning on an Aug. 1 move-in date. IDAHO FALLS — The telltale sounds of a construction site rang through the halls of the O.E. Bell building in downtown Idaho Falls as a handful of workers cobbled the subfloor of what will soon be a gymnasium in the south wing of the historic office building. “We should have everything done in…

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Two Young Educators Team Up to Build a New Charter School In Garden City

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by Teya Vitu, Idaho Business Review Two educators thought they would each build their own charter school in Boise, anchored with their $120,000 Idaho New School Fellowships from Bluum, a Boise-based new school incubator network. After Brad Petersen and Amanda Cox spent time together in the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) training for charter school principals, they decided it made…

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Two Idaho Schools Invited to Join National Effort to Reimagine K-12 Learning 

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 uture Public School and Treasure Valley Leadership Academy (TVLA) are proud to announce their selection as members of the 2017 Invent Cohort at NewSchools Venture Fund. The New Schools Venture Fund Invent Cohort represents a $5.6 million investment in some of the nation’s most promising school models. Idaho’s Future Public School and TVLA are among 29 organizations from across the…

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