Overview of North Star Charter School
North Star Charter School was established in 2003 as a K-8 charter school to provide parents with an alternative choice in public education. We are authorized by the Meridian School District but operate independent of the Meridian School District. North Star Charter School determines our own curriculum, school schedule and policies based on statutes from the Idaho State Department of Education (with the exception of our Special Education program, which follows Meridian School District policy). However, we receive no funds from the local school district.
The school’s charter articulates the vision of the school’s founders to think critically and to become virtuous citizen leaders in our local and world community. The school’s basic philosophical and academic design was centered on research-based curricular models with proven records of success.
In 2007, the charter was amended to add North Star Charter’s 9th – 12th grade high school, with an emphasis on business and economics. In 2009 we earned our International Baccalaureate designation and became an IB World School.
At A Glance
North Star utilizes a modified Harbor method; a model that incorporates high expectations for achievement in the elementary grades K – 6. It emphasizes the use of technology and includes an economics thread that is interwoven at all grade levels.
In line with our charter, our Secondary School (grades 7 – 12) offers an emphasis on courses in business and economics.
North Star earned its International Baccalaureate (IB) designation in 2009 and offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in the 11th and 12th grades. Grades 7 – 10 focus on an IB preparatory curriculum.
We have interactive SMART Boards in every classroom. We encourage students to use their personal handheld electronic devices for teacher directed classroom assignments. Use of iPads is incorporated into many elementary classes, and we actively seek grants to bring more iPads and tablets in to the school for instructional purposes.
North Star Charter School provides students a world-class education characterized by a safe, supportive and structured learning climate that encourages high academic achievement, intellectual confidence, leadership and virtuous citizenship.
Part of our mission is to help students develop the following academic and personal habits:
- Lifelong learning
- Clear oral and written communication
- Creative thinking
- Logical thinking and the ability to make informed judgements
- Effective use of technology as a tool
- Adaptability to new situations and new information
- Problem-solving skills
- The ability to make easy and flexible connections among various disciplines of thought
- Respecting others’ individuality and creativity, as well as one’s own, while seeking to work within teams to create common solutions
- Living our school values
In addition, we hope to help our students develop the following personal habits and actions:
- Accepting responsibility for personal decisions and actions
- Academic honesty and the ability to face challenges with courage and integrity
- A healthy lifestyle
- Empathy and courtesy for others and respect for differences among people and cultures
- Self-confidence and a willingness to risk setbacks in order to learn
- Concentration and perseverance
- Managing time in a responsible manner
- Seeking a fair share of the workload
- Working cooperatively with others, which includes the ability to listen, share opinions, negotiate, compromise, and help reach a group consensus
Building an environment of respect, compassion and critical thinking that inspires civic leadership.
- Acting with integrity in all we do
- Providing leadership as a school and as individual
- Regarding candor and transparency as essential in our communicating
- Collaborating as a team
- Focusing on an accelerated K-12 academic program of excellence
- Taking courage to stand up for what we believe
- Engaging in civic leadership
- Striving to continuously improve as a school
- Communicating openly and with respect
Our original School Charter and High School Amendment Charter: