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A True Original

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Charter School Pioneer Celebrates Retirement by Alan Gottlieb Jackie Collins is retiring at the end of this school year, after leading Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa since it opened in 2005.  Jackie is one of Idaho’s charter school pioneers, and the K-12 school she has led is the second-largest brick-and-mortar charter school in Idaho, serving some 1,300 students. Almost half…

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IACS students stand on stage at Carnegie Hall with their instructor

A ‘Major’ Debut

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Idaho Arts Charter School Students Reflect on their Performance at Carnegie Hall  by Lindsay Trombly What do Billie Holiday, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Isaac Stern have in common? New York City’s world-famous music venue, Carnegie Hall. Since 1889, the concert hall has played an integral role in the development of American music. 131 years later, two students from Idaho Arts…

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Students singing at Compass Public Charter School

Idaho Charter School Market Analysis

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EXPLORING GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO CHARTER SCHOOLS FULL REPORT IN THE NEWS: IdahoEdNews, KTVB Idaho faces a twin challenge in the market for public school students. First, the state needs higher-quality schools to give all its students access to great educational options. Despite the hard work of Idaho educators and many years of policy progress, Idaho students still struggle, with only…

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“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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Kids run off the school bus at Future Public School

Bridging the COVID-19 Learning Gap

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by Lindsay Trombly “We Want to Support Families”  Compared to last summer, Idaho Arts Charter School summer programming took a different approach. Last year students attended an art-integrated camp, while this year, the focus is on reading and math for grades K-8.   Lauren DeNinno, Vice Principal of the Secondary Campus and Head Administrator of the summer program, said the Nampa-based public charter school wants to help the kids…

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School Open House, Big Success

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by Shay Angelo NAMPA, Idaho, October 2018: Gem Prep: Nampa held an open-house ceremony this month to celebrate the opening of their new school building located at 310 W. Iowa Avenue, Nampa, Idaho. The school community along with local business and education leaders attended the celebration. Students played an integral part in the ribbon cutting ceremony and festivities. A highlight of the…

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Nampa District Approves Innovation Schools

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This post first appeared in Idaho Press-Tribune | By Alx George NAMPA — Though still in their infancy for the state of Idaho — and not without their controversy — innovation schools are coming to Nampa. The Nampa school district Board of Trustees approved two innovation school contractsat its Tuesday meeting. After hearing passionate testimony in support and opposition for…

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Gem Prep: Nampa Gets $482,000 More in Grant Money

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Nampa’s newest charter school, Gem Prep: Nampa, has been awarded two grants prior to its planned opening in fall 2016.

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