Boise charter school plans to expand

The attendance demand at Sage International School is driving the need for additional space.

broberts@idahostatesman.comDecember 20, 2013 


    A new online charter high school aimed at technical and specialty trade education is coming to Idaho in fall 2014 in a partnership between K12 Inc. and the Idaho College and Career Readiness Academy.

    The academy is designed to teach technical skills and direct students to job opportunities or to post-secondary technical training.

    “Our focus is to remove barriers to technical education so that more students stay in school to pursue a hopeful future,” said Kerry Wysocki, academy board president and general manager of Northwest Machining Inc. in Meridian.

    K12 provides online education materials for pre-kindergarten through high school.

    The school, which will be headquartered in Meridian, has set an enrollment goal of 200 students for the first year. But that number could change depending on demand.

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

The Boise 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 Sage’s 11,000-square-foot 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 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 4-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, and 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 K-5 students 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 three to five years.

Bill Roberts: 377-6408, Twitter: @IDS_BillRoberts

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