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School Culture

I Hope We Dance This School Year

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Marita Diffenbaugh is a veteran educator and 2020 Bluum Idaho New School Fellow working as a leadership partner with Elevate Academy’s co-founders Monica White and Matt Strong (INSF Alumni, 2017). Marita is planning, developing, and launching Elevate Academy North, a 6-12th grade Career Technical school in northern Idaho. In a recent conversation with my step-dad, he compared what we are…

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Treasure Valley Leadership Academy

Comparing Notes – A Visit to one of Idaho’s First Innovation High Schools

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by Kristen McCarver Nestled within a quiet Nampa neighborhood is one of Idaho’s first innovation high schools, Treasure Valley Leadership Academy. Launched at the start of the 2017-18 school year with a class of around 30 9th graders, it’s no doubt been a year of firsts, including hosting a learning visit for educators from another school. As an innovation school,…

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When Magic Happens – Finding the Right Fit

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Bluum is excited to introduce you to the dedicated leaders and high quality schools that we are working with to ensure Idaho’s children reach their fullest potential. Grace Lutheran School opened its doors to the Pocatello community over 60 years ago.

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Rocket to the Moon: Fellows Prepare for New School Launch

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It was a scene one would expect to witness at any summer program in America; students sat cross-legged on the floor of a classroom in a circle, anxiously waiting to be informed of the day’s agenda. But this was no ordinary day, and no summer ordinary program. This was Rocket to the Moon, a 4-week pilot developed by the founders…

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Building a Community – Charter Makes a Home in Historic Building

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by Kristen McCarver, Bluum The only immediate clue to the age of the building is a brass plaque embedded in the brick on the northwest side. “This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.” There’s a modern glass and steel awning that protects the entrance, and much of the façade is obscured by beautiful, mature trees.…

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Redefining Catholic Education – The Treasure Valley’s First New Catholic School in 50 Years

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by Kristen McCarver & Terry Ryan Years of hard work, research, planning, and fundraising all culminated in one moment on a clear, hot July afternoon when parishioners streamed out of the Holy Apostles Catholic Church and worked their way across the parking lot to congregate in front of a brand-new mission style building. St. Ignatius Catholic School is the Boise-area’s…

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Data Shows Rise in Idaho’s Hispanic Student Population

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by Angel Gonzalez, Bluum Education facts from Idaho’s Hispanic Data Book Getting new data on education in Idaho is a treat, particularly for folks who are working to make data-driven decisions to improve our state’s system. There are few opportunities I get throughout the year where I am able to eagerly rummage through new data that tells a story about…

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Idaho Arts Charter School

Idaho Arts Charter School Cuts Ribbon For New School

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From Idaho Press-Tribune | By Alx George NAMPA — With big red scissors in their hands, executive director Jackie Collins and Idaho Arts Charter School trustees cut the bright red ribbon in front of the new school doors Monday afternoon. The brand-new Idaho Arts Primary Charter School is located on part of the old Broadmore Golf Course land off Shore Drive,…

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Sage International School Unveils Unified K-12 Campus

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Six years after Sage International School first opened on Parkcenter Blvd. in Boise they unveiled their newly unified K-12 campus. Sage bought and remodeled an 8 acre underutilized strip mall in a two phase plan over the last three years. The completed building houses nearly 1,000 students, featuring two Design Technology workshops, a Library & Technology Lab, Art Rooms, Performing…

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Compass charter school boise meridian idaho free public classroom

School Culture is Key to Building a High Performing Model

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Compass Public Charter School, located in Meridian, has expanded several times since our inception in 2005. Having started as a K-7 school with 270 students and 12 employees, Compass has grown into a K-12 school of 860 students and 74 employees. This growth has provided the school with many opportunities to learn from mistakes and to build on successes.

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