Nampa receives $1 million grant for new high school

The Nampa School District has received a $1 million grant to help launch a new, innovative high school.

Nampa logoOn Wednesday, district officials announced the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation grant. District officials will use the grant to fund the first two years of operations for the new school, tentatively named Treasure Valley Leadership Academy.

The school is slated to open in 2017-18, and initially serve 200 ninth- and 10th-graders, district officials said in a news release. By 2021, the district expects the new school to serve 600 students.

“Our vision is to create a high-performing, innovative new high school for students in our community,” Superintendent David Peterson said in a news release. “We believe providing this high-quality, personalized learning experience tied to real-world issues will lead to extraordinary success for our students.”

Peterson plans to use the new school as a vehicle to participate in the innovative schools program passed by the 2016 Legislature. Treasure Valley Leadership Academy would focus on personal academic excellence, lifelong learning and citizenship, innovative thinking and action and transformational leadership.

“It is our plan to have the completed agreement to the Idaho State Board of Education on July 1 and for our school to be among the first, if not the first, innovation school in the state,” Peterson said.

The grant is contingent upon the school qualifying under the innovative schools law.

Peterson is scheduled to discuss the grant and new school during a board work session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 619 S. Canyon St., in Nampa.

Disclosure: Idaho EdNews is funded by a grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation.