School Models

Sage students and families cut the ribbon on Sages new unified building

Sage International School Unveils Unified K-12 Campus

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Six years after Sage International School first opened on Parkcenter Blvd. in Boise they unveiled their newly unified K-12 campus. Sage bought and remodeled an 8 acre underutilized strip mall in a two phase plan over the last three years. The completed building houses nearly 1,000 students, featuring two Design Technology workshops, a Library & Technology Lab, Art Rooms, Performing…

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Parents’ Guide To Idaho’s School And Learning Choices

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By Terry Ryan and Suzanne Metzgar We’ve created this Parents Guide Idaho’s School And Learning Choices to empower parents! We want to provide a resource that defines your options and offers ideas for how best to take advantage of these for your child(ren). We believe that providing information about Idaho’s many — and growing — learning options can help parents…

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Caldwell District’s Investment In Migrant Families

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It’s early Saturday morning. I’m sitting next to a friend of mine who invited me to volunteer at a leadership conference organized by the Caldwell School District’s Migrant Education Program. It is definitely a family affair, preschool-aged children fidget in between classroom tables and teens sit next to adults as they wait for day’s agenda.

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Overlook of the Upper Carmen in Idaho

Talking Innovation Schools With Representative Wendy Horman

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The idea behind the bill is to allow the professionals who work closest with Idaho’s children to define how they view success for students and to allow them to create the environment to achieve that.

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Compass charter school students talk to their professor in their classroom

School Culture is Key to Building a High Performing Model

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Compass Public Charter School, located in Meridian, has expanded several times since our inception in 2005. Having started as a K-7 school with 270 students and 12 employees, Compass has grown into a K-12 school of 860 students and 74 employees. This growth has provided the school with many opportunities to learn from mistakes and to build on successes.

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Students at the Nampa School District play educational games on computers

Charter Schools Should Not Have All the Fun

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One size does not fit all. Not clothes, not cars, not diets, not housing and, importantly, not schooling. Traditional, or what I will call “legacy” schools and school districts have focused on standardization, uniformity and predictability. Parents and state governments demanded it. It served our nation well for over 100 years. Times have changed, and so must we.

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Harvesting Success: Charter Schools in Rural America

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While urban charter schools are achieving impressive gains, can charter schools improve outcomes for rural America? This topic is an important one with more than 11 million students attending rural schools and facing lower college enrollment than their urban peers.

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Moving Idaho’s Schools Forward Means Expanding School Options

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Education Week — the nation’s education journal — gave Idaho a D+ (ranking 48th), and an F on school finance, worst in the country. Idaho’s graduation rate is lower than all but eight states. These are tough numbers to stomach, but they should motivate improvement efforts. Idahoans are concerned about their schools and want better.

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North Idaho STEM Charter Academy

Lessons From the North Idaho STEM Public Charter School

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The North Idaho STEM Charter Academy in Rathdrum was one of the first public charter schools in Idaho to receive grant support from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation as part of their “20 in 10” initiative.

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Bluum Let Learning Grow

Helping To Meet The Demands Of Idaho’s Growing Student Population

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Bluum is working with local and national education leaders (district, public charter and private schools) to identify promising models of learning that are not only serving students well, but are well-positioned to grow and serve more students.

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