School Choice

Idaho New School Fellows Emily and Deb cut the ribbon at Cardinal Academy

School is a Family Affair for these Idaho New School Fellows

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Cardinal Academy supports pregnant and parenting teens to finish high school by Lindsay Trombly Pregnant and parenting teens will arrive for their first day of high school at Cardinal Academy, Boise, Idaho, on Sept. 13. In tow will be their little ones, as Cardinal Academy offers childcare just downstairs from classrooms. This is just one of many of the benefits Cardinal…

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Rising Up To Serve More Students

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RISE Charter School partners with Kimberly School District to provide another option for students by Lindsay Trombly Students enrolled in the newly-created RISE Charter School in Kimberly, ID will ride the school bus with their siblings who attend nearby Kimberly Elementary and Middle Schools to experience going to school – together. RISE opens its doors to students this August. Superintendent…

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“It Feels Like They are Coming Home”

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Idaho Fall’s Alturas Preparatory Academy offers a rigorous high school option for its students by Lindsay Trombly | Watch the livestream here | View our photo gallery here  Members of the Idaho Falls community gathered to celebrate the school’s opening. Alturas Executive Director Michelle Ball and Principal Brian Bingham cut a ribbon in front the former 73,000-square foot Sears Building…

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Tips for Parents on How to Prepare Their Little Ones for Kindergarten

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by Lindsay Trombly For most families, back to school is top of mind this month, as students and parents prepare to dive back into learning. Last fall, Bluum and Public Impact partnered to curate a list of resources that families may use at home to support young learners—preschool to early elementary—during distance learning, which can still be helpful as students…

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A Gem Prep student

Gem Prep Online Posts Best Reading Scores in the State

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Press Release, 7/7/2021 | Download VIRTUAL SCHOOL RANKS FIRST IN STATE Gem Prep: Online (GPO) students ranked highest in the state on the 2021 Spring Idaho Reading Indicator, outperforming the state average by 30 percentage points. In a year that saw declines in education success across our state and nation, these virtual students thrived. 95% of Gem Prep: Online students…

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Kids run off the school bus at Future Public School

Bridging the COVID-19 Learning Gap

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by Lindsay Trombly “We Want to Support Families”  Compared to last summer, Idaho Arts Charter School summer programming took a different approach. Last year students attended an art-integrated camp, while this year, the focus is on reading and math for grades K-8.   Lauren DeNinno, Vice Principal of the Secondary Campus and Head Administrator of the summer program, said the Nampa-based public charter school wants to help the kids…

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All-Day Kindergarten Pilot Aims to Demonstrate Its Efficacy

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by Alan Gottlieb When Michelle Ball learned last year that she would receive funding through Bluum from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation to expand Idaho Falls-based charter school Alturas International Academy’s kindergarten program from half-day to full-day, she was ecstatic.   As a former kindergarten teacher, she knew how big a difference those extra hours could make in the academic and…

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Logan Waetje

Idaho New School Fellow Will “Elevate” Career-Tech Education in Southeast Idaho

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by Lindsay Trombly Idaho Falls educator Logan Waetje will become the 20th Bluum Idaho New School Fellow when he starts his Fellowship in early July to work with the Elevate Academy team in launching a school in 2023. “I see a school in Idaho Falls that serves the underserved. I’ll bring the energy, and the enthusiasm, the support… I love…

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Resilience: Lessons from 2021 Idaho Graduates

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by Alan Gottlieb A one-word description emerges after speaking with several 2021 Idaho charter high school graduates about the most unusual conclusion to their secondary school careers: resilience. It would be easy for the class of 2021 to feel a collective sense of self-pity. After all, portions of their junior and senior years were disrupted by a global pandemic that…

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Children in a kindergarten class smile at the camera at Gem Prep in Nampa

Free, All-Day Kindergarten Provided to 17 Idaho Schools

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News Coverage: Free all-day kindergarten provided to over 1,000 Idaho kids Idaho foundation funds all-day kindergarten in 17 Idaho schools Press Release, 5/27/2021 | Download The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is fully funding all-day kindergarten for more than 1,000 students in the Bluum network of public charter and private schools. Students who attend all-day kindergarten have been shown…

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