The North Idaho school shuns any sort of standardized teaching method. Instead, teachers are encouraged to pursue their own gifts and use them in the classroom. The school’s mission is to challenge students.
Director Jason Bransford wants to bring the Idaho Distance Education Academy’s best practices to a broader audience. His students move from in-person instruction to online learning and back again.
Credit for the charter school’s success goes to Principal Javier Castaneda, who has a “rare” combination of business sense and people skills. He replaced half the staff.
Idaho’s newest public charter school is using a curriculum traditionally taught in private schools, yet must adapt it to meet Common Core academic standards. It is one of the fastest growing educational models in the world, but Syringa Mountain is Idaho’s first public Waldorf school.
Advocates of the Eastern Idaho charter are discussing a second K-8 school and adding a dual-track high school that would be unlike any other in the state, perhaps the nation.