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Model Overview

Program Overview

2016
Year Launched
K - 4
Blended Grades
252
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)


Gem Prep: Nampa administration thoroughly researched various blended learning models, as well as visiting several successful blended schools, before finalizing a model that would be powerful enough to allow us to personalize learning for every student. The rotation model functions well and is adaptable enough to efficiently afford educators personal, small group time with students each day while simultaneously giving students access to adaptable instructional software which advances with their own skills and ability levels.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?


One challenge has been the recruitment of quality teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff. Caused by a national decline in available qualified teachers and geographic considerations, Gem Prep: Nampa has a limited candidate pool. Implementing and then executing the blended model requires teachers with excellent classroom management skills and organization, as well as being technologically savvy and innovative in their thinking. To bolster acquisition of quality talent, we encourage schools to cast a wide net using a variety of advertising tools such as: social media, recruitment fairs, and especially, personal connections.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?


Our leadership team found that detailed planning, almost to the point of minutia, has been key to program implementation, growth and continued forward momentum. Networking with other blended educators, purposefully reading and researching and then staying focused every day on delivering quality to all stakeholders is key. Don't let ambition and speed deter you from purposed, well-planned, methodical growth.

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Assessment
i-Ready
Curriculum
PowerSchool
Data Systems

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Science

Program Focus

General

School Overview

GEM Prep: Nampa is a Blended Learning School that is part of Gem Innovation Schools, a charter management organization that also manages the Idaho Distance Education Academy (I-DEA) and Gem Prep: Pocatello.

Gem Prep: Nampa blends powerful online programs with high-performing, in-person teachers to individualize students' learning. (gemprep.org/nampa)

School Contact

Contact: Stacey Walker, Principal

Address:
Gem Prep: Nampa
5226 Southside Boulevard
Nampa, Idaho
83686
United States

Gem Prep: Nampa's Website

Demographics

252
Total Students
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FRL
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ELL

Student Ethnicity

School Partners

Gem Innovation Schools

2016

Blended Program Launched 2016