Boise-based charter school has sights set on growth

December 19, 2013 

Sage International School of Boise is planning an expansion that could make room for an additional 145 elementary students beginning next fall.

The Boise-based charter school will go before the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission next month for a conditional use permit to expand into the ParkCenter Mall, which is next to the 11,000-square-foot building where Sage has its elementary school at 457 East Parkcenter Blvd. The school would use both buildings.

If the plan is approved, the school also expects to move sixth- and seventh-graders from its campus on Ninth Street over to the ParkCenter Mall, where it will use 31,000 square feet.

Expansion is driven in part by a 400-student waiting list to get into the four-year-old school that offers an International Baccalaureate program in elementary and is on track to offer it in high school, said Keith Donahue, the school's director of operations.

Sage provides classes for kindergarten through 10th grade, but will add 11th grade next school year and 12th grade in 2016. Sage has 275 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It would have 420 with the expansion. Sage’s total enrollment is 550.

Sage recently got approval from the Idaho Public Charter School Commission to increase its enrollment cap from 700 students to 1,200 students. School officials expect to increase enrollment to about 1,000 over the next three to five years.

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