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Christmas Trees in front of Washington D.C

“A Sparkle in Their Eye”

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Idaho Arts Public Charter School represents Gem State in The National Christmas Tree: America Celebrates Ornament Display Project   by Lindsay Trombly High school art rooms are usually chaotic and full of energy. Students clan together in groups at tables to chat and kibbitz about their school work, with art supplies scattered about.  But one day, recently, was different at Idaho Arts Public Charter School in Nampa.  Silent anticipation engulfed the classroom.  Students sat arm-in-arm with their peers, staring at the projector, waiting to see if their art submission had…

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Anser students buddy up to stroll through a nearby park. Photo courtesy of Anser Charter School.

Weighted Student Lottery Strengthens Idaho’s Charter School Pioneer

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by Alan Gottlieb As the 2021-22 school year began, Anser Charter School eighth-grader Sophia Acosta noticed something different about newly enrolled students: More of them looked like her. Sophia, who is Latina, is in her second year at the K-8 charter school in Garden City. She had previously attended district-run public schools in Caldwell and West Ada where a significant portion…

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Andy Johnson in the military

Continued Service: Veterans in Idaho Education

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by Alan Gottlieb While it might be little noticed by most people, military veterans are having a significant impact on K-12 education in Idaho. It seems only fitting on this Veterans Day to pay tribute to those men and women who have chosen to continue their service in classrooms, on boards, and in the public education policy realm. Greg Wilson, Senior…

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Senior Mario Mario Cabrera-Navarro stands by a machine at Steelhead Metal Corp

What’s Next?

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Elevate Senior pursues internship to explore his career path by Lindsay Trombly Senior Mario Cabrera-Navarro found his passion at Elevate Academy in Caldwell. He said his previous school made him think college was the only path students can take to be successful for their future. And at Elevate — he realized that isn’t the case. “I wasn’t interested in my future…

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Welding Student at Elevate Academy

Next Step Ready

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Elevate Academy supports first graduating class beyond high school by Lindsay Trombly 80 NAMES ON A WALL Elevate Academy, a Caldwell-based Career Tech school for grades 6-12, expects students to be Next Step Ready by showing up, being present, being flexible, being a team player and having pride in their work. To meet their mission for “all students to take responsibility…

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Maura sits in her 6th grade classroom

Idaho Charter School Alumna Reflects on Experience

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Executive Assistant at Anser Charter School returns to her roots by Lindsay Trombly Maura Romano learned at 11-years old that attending the neighborhood district school wasn’t for her. She said she wasn’t excelling at her previous school. Her parents got her on the waitlist to attend Anser Public Charter School and once she was admitted into the school — everything…

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New school leaders Becky Smith an Amber Stark stand together

Keeping it in the family

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Upper Carmen Charter School welcomes next generation of leadership by Alan Gottlieb Bluum seeks to develop innovative education leaders in communities throughout the Gem State to ensure children reach their highest potential. In the tiny town of Carmen live two exceptional leaders who founded Upper Carmen Charter School. Jim and Sue Smith have been running the school since 2005, and this…

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Michelle Ball and Brian Bingham cut the ribbon at Alturas Preparatory Academy

“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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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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Cardinal Academy is Tailored to Educate Parenting Teens

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Powerful partnership with The Salvation Army builds on rich history by Alan Gottlieb  Cardinal Academy, a new public charter high school for pregnant and parenting students opening this fall, offers a powerful example of how charter schools can fill voids school districts are unable or unwilling to fill themselves.  In the case of Cardinal Academy, the void was created when…

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