Mountain Express: Blaine Co. School Wants to Go From Private to Public

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The privately-funded, independent Mountain School in the Blaine County community of Bellevue, which initially had announced plans to close its doors in spring of 2014, is now moving forward with plans to become a public charter school.

The Idaho Mountain Express Reports that, if approved, the renamed Syringa Mountain School would be operational by the fall of 2014. The Blaine County School District Board of Trustees voted May 11 to forward the school's petition to the Idaho Public Charter School Commission for its approval.

The proposed Syringa Mountain School plans on utilizing the same Waldorf Education teaching system currently used at The Mountain School. According to the Waldorf charter, schools emphasize experiential learning, sustainable living and minimal use of technology.

If approved, Syringa Mountain School officials say they'll have an initial enrollment of 165 students, grades K-5.

According to the Idaho State Department of Education, four new public charter schools are set to open their doors later this year: the American Heritage Charter School in Idaho Falls, the Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy in Fort Hall, the Odyssey Charter School in Idaho Falls and SEI Tec in Preston.

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