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New Charter School Receives Nearly $1 Million in Early Fundraising Efforts

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Since December, a highly anticipated school this fall in Idaho Falls has received in support from a variety of sources Alturas Preparatory Academy (APA), a new International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school founded as a sister school of Alturas International Academy (AIA) in Idaho Falls, has been awarded a competitive federal grant and has attracted numerous local donors eager to see…

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Cardinal Academy is Tailored to Educate Parenting Teens

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Powerful partnership with The Salvation Army builds on rich history by Alan Gottlieb  Cardinal Academy, a new public charter high school for pregnant and parenting students opening this fall, offers a powerful example of how charter schools can fill voids school districts are unable or unwilling to fill themselves.  In the case of Cardinal Academy, the void was created when…

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

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by Kristen McCarver 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.…

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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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by Kristen McCarver 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…

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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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