About Charter Schools

What You Should Know About Charter Schools

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools of choice financed through local, state, and federal funds which are operated independently of the local school boards. Each charter school has its own unique mission that reflects the vision of the school’s founders. Charter schools must meet the educational needs of their students, and must achieve the goals laid out in their charter.

  • They are open to all students.
  • They are pioneers and innovators – they are mission driven schools created by educators who envision a school committed to a particular purpose and philosophy.
  • They are appealing to teachers because they can harness the often stifled energy of innovative and experienced educators.
  • They are meeting parent’s needs by providing education CHOICE. Charter school legislation honors the right of parents to make informed choices about their child’s education by tying state education money to the child, not to the neighborhood school.
  • They play an important part in school reform by serving as research and development centers for the public education system.
  • They have a record of high student achievement. Most charter schools are succeeding in their mandate. When they fail, they are closed, not unlike a business. To date, less than 9% of charter schools have been closed nationwide.
  • They are committed to improving public education.
  • They are part of the public education system.


Our Charter

North Star’s original charter document was approved by Joint School District No. 2 on May 27, 2003. The high school amendment was approved on March 13, 2007.


North Star Charter School (NSCS) is a K-12 public charter school located in Eagle, Idaho. Founded in 2003, NSCS 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. The school’s charter articulates the vision of its founders to think critically and to become virtuous citizen leaders in our local and world community.

We Look Forward to Getting to Know Your Family!

Our main admission entry points are kindergarten, sixth,  and ninth grades. Applications for other grade-levels are fully considered, but admission is solely based on space availability due to student attrition.


NSCS is committed to improving student achievement through high expectations for student engagement and meaningful preparation for postsecondary education and careers. Explore our Elementary, Middle and High School divisions.


North Star athletics is committed to developing our student-athletes in an educational-based environment. Through a positive coaching atmosphere, student-athletes will be encouraged to expand their athletic abilities. 


Our students receive an exceptional learning experience enabling them to reach their full potential and discover their place in a world of possibilities.

208-939-9600 (Main Office)
208-939-9645 (Attendance Line)
FAX: 208-939-6090

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