Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Enrollment open for new charter school

Syringa Mountain School to open in fall of 2014


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    Enrollment for the next school year is now being accepted by Syringa Mountain School, Blaine County’s first publicly funded charter school.
    Foundation of the school was approved in August by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. Syringa Mountain School, to be established in Hailey, hopes for an initial enrollment of 165 students, grades K-5.
    As a charter school, Syringa Mountain School offers free admission. School officials explained in a news release that if enrollment exceeds the 165 first-year limit, then state law requires that an equitable selection process, such as a lottery be held.


School officials explained in a news release that if enrollment exceeds the 165 first-year capacity, then state law requires that an equitable selection process, such as a lottery, be held.



    Enrollment is open until 5 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2014. If enrollment exceeds capacity, a lottery will be held on Feb. 20, 2014. Enrollment forms are available at syringamountainschool.org. For more information, contact Mary Gervase, a longtime educator who led the effort for establishment of the school, at (208) 720-6327.
    Syringa Mountain School will offer the Waldorf education methodology to its students. The methodology is described by the school as an “academically rigorous, liberal arts curriculum presented in a developmentally and arts-integrated context. The method emphasizes educating the whole child—the head, heart and hands—through sustainable living, gardening, farming, experiential learning and minimal use of technology in the early grades.”
    The Waldorf methodology is now used at the private Mountain School near Bellevue, which will be closing at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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