Dr. Jacob Francom is joining us in Idaho as the founding principal of North Idaho Classical Academy (NICA) in Bonners Ferry, scheduled to open its doors in 2025. NICA is affiliated with the American classical Schools-Idaho (ACS-I) network and will be the third public charter school in Idaho aligned with Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI).
Dr. Francom brings a wealth of leadership experience to NICA, having previously dedicated himself to educating at-risk youth in Montana. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Montana, along with a Masters degree in Russian from the University of Arizona.
Over the past decade, he has actively contributed to the boards of various accrediting bodies, giving him the opportunity to engage in international professional development and accreditation visits. This extensive global exposure equips him to seamlessly integrate with NICA;s curriculum, ensuring a successful learning environment.