This Post First Appeared in Idaho Press-Tribune
NAMPA — Nampa’s newest charter school, Gem Prep: Nampa, has been awarded two grants prior to its planned opening in fall 2016.
The new school, which was announced October 2015, received a $482,000 New Schools Invent grant through the New Schools Venture Fund competition June 10, according to a press release. Eleven organizations won planning grants and four organizations (which are former planning grant recipients) received grants to open new schools.
Last year, Gem Prep: Nampa received a planning grant of $100,000 from New Schools Venture Fund.
The planning grant provides management assistance and funding. The “launch grant” (New Schools Invent grant) followed because of Gem Prep: Nampa’s promise to bring a high-quality, innovative school model to Nampa’s students, and for its focus on personalization and student agency, according to the release.
Gem Prep: Nampa is a free public charter school for grades kindergarten through four focusing on personalized education and combining the best of adaptive online programs with face-to-face instruction. The school is structured so that students are supported individually and encouraged to advance at their own pace.
Enrollment is open on first-come, first-served basis and seats in all classes kindergarten through fourth are available. For information on enrollment see gemprep.org/Nampa.
NewSchools Invent, a grant competition at NewSchools Venture Fund, is part of the organization’s Innovative Schools strategy, and supports educators and entrepreneurs whose visions for innovative new public schools can bring a positive change to the U.S. education system.
Gem Prep: Nampa is a high performing innovative school model and part of Bluum’s 20 in 10 Initiative.