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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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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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“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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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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Idaho’s Charters Are Preparing Students for College and Career, Even During Distance Learning

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by Kristen McCarver Educators across the country are trying to figure out what the new normal will be, but for Addie and Luke, students at Sage International School of Boise, top of mind for next year is not how they will be learning, but the academic rigor of their senior year. Sage is a K-12 public charter school. Charter schools…

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Gem Prep: Pocatello enjoying new location at Pine Ridge Mall

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by Kendra Evansen, for the Idaho State Journal CHUBBUCK — It’s been six months since Gem Prep: Pocatello charter school moved into the former Sears store at the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck, and officials say things are going great so far. “We love it. You have no idea that you are in a former department store when you stand…

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New charter school aims to reach rural Idaho students

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by Savannah Cardon, Idaho Press MIDDLETON — A new public charter school aimed at providing education to underserved rural Idaho counties is slated to open this fall. Forge International is a K-5, year-round public charter school that will bring international baccalaureate education to students in Canyon, Gem and Payette counties. International baccalaureate education is an internationally recognized program designed to…

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