When the Mountain School in the Blaine County community of Bellevue opens its doors for another school year in a few weeks, it will be the beginning of the end for the school, which will close its doors next spring—at least as a privately funded school.
The Idaho Public Charter School Commission on Aug. 15 approved officials with the school to reopen their doors in the fall of 2014 as the Syringa Mountain School, a publicly funded charter school. Similar to the current Mountain School, the Syringa Mountain School will use the Waldorf Education system.
Syringa Mountain School officials say they should have an initial enrollment of 165 students, grades K-5. Future plans are to expand to include the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
Meanwhile, four new public charter schools are set to open their doors this fall: 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.