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Children over brick and mortar – maximizing facility financing solutions to better serve students

Children over brick and mortar – maximizing facility financing solutions to better serve students

The growing Gem Prep network of charter schools closed on the refinance of three of its campuses in early February – Gem Prep Nampa, Gem Prep Meridian North and Gem Prep Pocatello. The network is saving a total of $248,000 per year on its payments as a result of these transactions. Idaho Business Review | Published: 04/12/2022 | Author: Staff ...
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Pocatello educator nominated for national history day teacher of the year award

Pocatello educator nominated for national history day teacher of the year award

Two Idaho teachers were nominated for the Patricia Behring National History Day Teacher of the Year award. Gem Prep: Pocatello (GPP) charter school teacher, Ms. Sara Olds, was nominated in the junior division of the National History Day (NHD) National Contest. Each year, more than 30,000 teachers participate in this competition along with over half million students. Idaho State Journal ...
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Two Idaho charters reshape enrollments through ‘weighted’ lotteries

Two Idaho charters reshape enrollments through ‘weighted’ lotteries

Charter school used weighted lottery. Gem Prep Meridian Director of Development Shay Angelo said her school’s lottery was weighted only for students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals, a metric of student poverty. Students whose households meet federal income requirements for the benefit, or who qualify for other food-assistance programs, received weighted preference. Idaho Ed News | Published: 12/31/2021 ...
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Gem Prep teacher chosen for National History Day Library of Congress professional development

Gem Prep teacher chosen for National History Day Library of Congress professional development

"IDAHO TEACHERS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL HISTORY DAY FALL WEBINAR SERIES19 October 2021, College Park, MD – This autumn, National History Day® (NHD) selected several teachers from Idaho for the fall professional development program entitled Inspiring Student Research with the Library of Congress." National History Day | Published: 10/19/2021 | Author: Colleen Kennedy | Full Article ...
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Groundbreaking ceremony held for new charter school in Meridian

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new charter school in Meridian

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new charter school, Gem Prep: Meridian South, in Meridian. Idaho Channel 2 News | Published: 10/10/2021 | Author: CBS2 NewsStaff | Full Article ...
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Idaho teacher to vie for Miss USA crown

Idaho teacher to vie for Miss USA crown

Katarina Schweitzer has high heeled her way across pageant stages for 13 years, but she’s spent even more time in classrooms between completing a master’s degree and teaching special education in Nampa. In 27 years, she’s led workshops to connect veterans with resources for PTSD, participated in a sorority, sung in musical theatre productions, and just over a year ago, ...
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Changing the Culture of Education During COVID and Beyond

Changing the Culture of Education During COVID and Beyond

On the surface, the COVID pandemic is accurately labeled an incredibly difficult year for teaching and learning in schools. Albeit true, these difficulties may have also forged indelible improvements, forever changing the landscape of education as we have come to know it. The scope of the challenges associated with learning during a pandemic reach far and wide. Culture Feed | ...
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As the Pandemic set in, Charter Schools Saw Their Highest Enrollment Growth Since 2015, 42-State Analysis Shows

As the Pandemic set in, Charter Schools Saw Their Highest Enrollment Growth Since 2015, 42-State Analysis Shows

The report, however, doesn’t offer further details on whether overall growth nationally was due to students leaving district schools or new schools opening. Some, such as Gem Prep in Idaho, added more grade levels, which contributed to a 24 percent increase in that state. 74 Million | Published: 09/22/2021 | Author: Linda Jacobson | Full Article ...
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