Charter Schools enjoy immense success and are, therefore, increasingly popular with parents and educators throughout the United States.
In addition to resources like your community library, the following links will provide helpful information about Charter Schools:
- Charter Appendices
- Idaho Public Charter School Commission
- Idaho State Department of Education
- Coalition of Idaho Charter School Families
- The Center for Education Reform
- US Charter Schools
- Laws Governing Charter Schools
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Performance Certificate
Charter schools enjoy immense popularity and their numbers are increasing rapidly.
One of the primary reasons for this popularity is the high level of accountability charter schools have to their authorizing entity, community, and most importantly, their students.
- Q: What makes NVA different from other schools in the area?
NVA seeks to develop an educated citizenry through an accelerated, dynamic, sequential and interactive academic program where pacing is driven by student capabilities, not textbooks. A character development component of the curriculum teaches students to acquire habits and attitudes that lead to accepting responsibility for personal decisions and actions, and foster the ability to face challenges with courage and integrity.
Other features unique to NVA include: a focus on reading, writing and math excellence through the use of Core Knowledge Sequence, which is aligned to state standards and state required assessments; concept-based math and science programs; and individual diagnostic assessments to help the teacher, child and parent create a personal learning plan; and an overall emphasis on Patriotism.
- Q: What grades are taught?
NVA is a K-12 charter school.
- Q: Where are the schools located?
– Gooding Idaho
– Idaho Falls, Idaho
- Q: How much does it cost?
Nothing, it’s free! Just like any other public school, NVA does not require any additional funding from families. Student fees may be required in conjunction with specific elective courses or for participation in certain extracurricular activities.
- Q: Is my child eligible to enroll?
Enrollment is open to all students.
- Q: What is the curriculum?
The curriculum at NVA is based on the Core Knowledge Sequence. The philosophy behind the Core Knowledge Sequence is that there exists a body of knowledge that should build the framework for a child’s education. Such solid knowledge includes: principles of government, important events of world history, essential elements of mathematics, reading and writing, relevant concepts and processes of science, widely acknowledged masterpieces of art and music, and stories and poems passed down from generation to generation. For more information about Core Knowledge visit www.coreknowledge.org.
On a High School level, grades 9-12, all students are able to enroll in dual-credit classes with the goal of having an associate’s degree upon graduation!
- Q: Do students wear uniforms?
No. NVA has adopted a dress code as opposed to a single uniform. Numerous studies document the affects, both positive and negative, of student attire and appearance on the learning environment. Therefore, compliance with the dress standard is mandatory and students are expected to arrive at school well-groomed and attired in approved clothing.
- Q: What time does school start and end?
The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
- Q: Is free and reduced lunch available?
Yes. NVA offers breakfast for $2.00 for K-12. Elementary lunches are $2.85; high school lunches are $2.95; adults may eat for $3.85. (Applications for free and reduced lunch are available at the school or on our website.)
- Q: Is there a busing system?
Yes. We bus around Gooding, to Wendell, to Jerome and to Shoshone.
- Q: Who can participate in the electives and extracurricular activities and what are they?
NVA electives and extracurricular activities are available to all home-schooled, private, and public school students. Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) will be offered to students in grades 4-12. Art is also be offered.
- Q: What are the technology capabilities of the school?
Computer labs are available for student use.