Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Waldorf-Inspired Charter Nears Enrollment Goal

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A little more than a month after a planned public charter school—inspired by the Wadorf teaching philosophies—ran into a buzz saw of opposition from a Hailey neighborhood, forcing the school to find a Plan B for its location, Syringa Mountain School officials say they're already near their goal of 165 students for their first year.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Feb. 3 application deadline has come and gone and potential students are already being placed on a waiting list. Syringa's first school year will include grades K-5, with plans to add a grade each of the next three years.

In January Boise Weekly reported how officials with the Syringa Mountain School faced vehement opposition to their plans to build a new campus near the Sherwood Forest and China Gardens subdivisions in Hailey. Ultimately, Hailey city officials balked at the plan, denying the school's application.

Syringa officials now say they've have secured a new location—a four-year lease to rent a 17,600-square-foot, two-story building on Glenbrook Drive on the southeast side of Hailey—and will open as a public charter this fall for grades K-5.

But the school's announcement also cautioned that the Glenbrook Drive location is "only a temporary solution" while officials continue to search for a more permanent location.


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