In Idaho, too many students lack high quality learning options that prepare them to succeed in post secondary education and productive careers.
The J. A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, a Boise-based private family foundation, is implementing a bold, statewide action plan designed to close the gap between mediocrity and excellence in college and career readiness by creating 20,000 new seats in high performing learning environments in 10 years.
The Albertson Foundation will invest in best-in-class learning models, human capital and proven innovations that result in student achievement and college and career readiness for all Idaho students.
Our emphasis is on high performing college and career programs and schools that can be accessed in blended learning formats. This approach will better serve students in rural communities who need a level playing field, not only to compete with their high performing Idaho peers, but their peers internationally.
Our investment principles:
This initiative is by invitation only.
Beginning January 2014, any new Idaho charter school requesting start up funds will be required to complete an application to be eligible for funding.
Geography, socioeconomics, circumstances, age and learning styles shouldn’t be a barrier to success. We believe more learning choices will break down the barriers and lead to better academic and economic outcomes in Idaho.
Find the right fit
Finding the right fit is not about one type of education being better than another, but about access to options that best fit a student’s preferred learning style — because not everyone learns in the same way. Finding an option that fits include private schools, charter schools, virtual schools, homeschooling, a traditional public school or a combination of multiple options.
Options force accountability in the education system and allow access to various learning environments, methods and instructional delivery that work for the individual and their family. Whether trying to find a fit for K-12 or postsecondary education—there must be a delivery system and instructional methods that work in urban, rural and frontier settings.
Focus of Find the Right Fit Initiative