FRUITLAND — Treasure Valley Classical Academy, a public charter school offering a classical education devoted to teaching classical liberal arts and sciences, as well as instruction in principles of moral character and virtue, announced it will open in Fruitland for the 2019-20 school year. The tuition-free school will begin with grades kindergarten through sixth. The plans are to add a grade every subsequent year, eventually expanding to offer all grades through 12.
Founded by a group of Treasure Valley-area citizens, the academy is a member of the Hillsdale College Barney Charter School Initiative. Hills-dale College will assist the school in creating and implementing a challenging and engaging academic program, and providing the curriculum design and teacher training that will serve as the foundation for a liberal and civic education.
“We firmly believe the basis for an exceptional public education begins with a focus on the classical liberal arts and sciences,” said Ronda Baines, board president of the academy, in a news release. “For that reason, we know Treasure Valley citizens will be receptive to this world-class educational option. Developed by Hillsdale College, the Barney Charter School Initiative learning model has already seen substantial success throughout the United States and we look forward to achieving similar results for the children of this area.”
The aim of classical education model empowers students to go beyond critical thinking skills and focuses on core disciplines of math, science, history and language arts, followed by attention to music, art and foreign languages. Each of these disciplines is taught with an emphasis on the history and traditions of American citizens as the inheritors of Western Civilization.
The school will be located in the Olde School building at 500 S.W. Third St. in Fruitland. The building will undergo an extensive $4.2 million renovation between now and the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. It was preserved over the years through community support and a local nonprofit foundation. It will now once again open its doors to students, symbolizing a historical connection to the community’s past.