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Overview

White Pine Charter School is the largest and oldest charter school in Eastern Idaho. It was founded in 2001 and serves more than 600 students from kindergarten to 11th grade. 

Our Demographics: Success For Every Student

  • 34 % of our students receive government assistance services
  • 12 % of our students receive special education services
  • Regardless of socio-economic status or cognitive abilities, White Pine focuses on a mission of “success for every student”

Academic Achievement

  • 5-Star rating from the state of Idaho 2011-2013 school years (this is the last year this rating system was used)
  • Only charter school in Eastern Idaho to receive this top rating
  • Only Middle School in Idaho Falls to receive the 5-Star rating

Top of the Class

Many White Pine students who graduate from our school are typically one to two years ahead in Math and Language Arts. Here is a sampling of academic achievements last year from the Idaho Standardized Achievement Test (ISAT):

  • Science: 69% 8th graders scored advanced compared to 33% advanced in the local district.
  • Math: 8th graders scored 37.5% advanced, 21.9% proficient,18.8% basic
  • English/Language Arts (ELA):
    74% of our 8th grade students in 2017 scored advance ( Needs Udated)
  • All of our 7th grade students scored proficient or advanced on the 7th grade ISAT this year

Teacher Collaboration

Student performance is regularly monitored every couple of weeks, and specific areas of improvement are quickly disseminated to teachers so they can formulate instructional strategies that address deficiencies. This information is also passed along to students and parents so they become active participants in the education process. The Administration and the Board oversee the process and monitor student growth on a monthly basis.

A Solid Academic Foundation

White Pine Charter Schools use Core knowledge theory - knowledge-based schooling. We offer specialized classes, which include:

  • Computers
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education

Middle school students have a required STEM course as part of the core curriculum. This allows hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and math, and our students learn how to think outside of the box.

They build the following:

  • Rube Goldberg complex machines
  • Catapults
  • Trebuchets
  • Pendulums
  • Learn and work on all-terrain vehicles
  • Small engines
  • Hydraulic cranes

Our Technology

The STEM experience extends into computer programming with a Dedicated MAC lab and 1:1 computing in the middle school. As a result, our students become fluent with MACs, Google Chromebooks and PCs. Although we are not yet 1:1 in our elementary school, we are close to making that happen.

Hands-On Learning

Another hands-on educational opportunity comes to middle school students in our social studies curriculum. Our students are taught the art of debate through mock U.S. Senate and United Nations assemblies, allowing students to roleplay, present resolutions, learn about current events and hold lively debate on the floor.

Academic Enrichment

White Pine Charter School students have access to exciting before- and after-school activities to enrich the academic experience. The following clubs are available either before or after school (this is not the complete list):

  • Academic enrichment & tutoring (before and after school)
  • Lego Robotics
  • MATHCOUNTS
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook
  • Drama
  • Choir
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Wind orchestra