Friday, December 13, 2013

Charter school to host open house

Syringa Mountain School set to open next year


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    Syringa Mountain School, Blaine County’s only state-funded charter school, will continue its efforts to draw students for the 2014-2015 school year with another public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18.
    Formation of the school was approved in August by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.
    The meeting, with an open-house format, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Forest Service Building at 309 North Main St. in Hailey.
    “This is an opportunity for us to continue the conversation with the public,” school Administrator Mary Gervase stated in a news release. “Last month, we had a standing-room-only crowd at our event with Waldorf expert Dr. Mary Goral. This month, we want to provide an update and answer questions, but also give the public an opportunity to see Waldorf methodology in action. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for what to expect from Syringa Mountain School.”
    The school will utilize the Waldorf education methodology, which the school describes in its literature as an “academically rigorous liberal arts curriculum presented in a developmentally and arts-integrated context. The method emphasizes educating the whole child—head, heart and hands—through sustainable living, gardening, farming, experiential learning and minimal use of technology in the early grades.”
    Additional public meetings are scheduled for Jan. 9, 2014, at the YMCA in Ketchum and for March 5, 2014, at the Community Campus in Hailey.
    Syringa Mountain School anticipates an initial enrollment of 190 students in grades K-5 and expects to grow to grades K-8 by 2017.
    The school, which will offer free admission, is currently accepting students for the 2014-2015 school year. Enrollment forms and additional information are available at syringamountainschool.org. The enrollment deadline is Feb. 3, 2014.
    A location for the new school hasn’t yet been announced but it will most likely be established in Hailey.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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