The workforce of the future is constantly changing, and the demand for technically savvy learners and
scientifically literate citizens is increasing. The next generation needs to possess and use knowledge,
skills, innovative thinking, problem-solving, and positive attitudes to pursue productive career paths
and lead healthy and happy lives.
White Pine Charter School (“WPCS”) seeks to build on its track record of success in grades K-8 with a
Charter expansion to create an innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”)
Academy, serving grades 7 through 12. The White Pine STEM Academy (“STEM Academy”) complete
the White Pine educational program and will be Eastern Idaho’s premier STEM school for discerning
parents and students wanting a rigorous, relevant, and 21 st Century education to prepare students for
college, career, and beyond.
WPCS’s broad-based educational program in grades K-8 gives students a well-rounded context for
advanced and rigorous learning opportunities at the STEM Academy. The Academy will teach 21st
century workforce skills, cutting edge Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM),
while integrating English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Humanities in a rich inquiry, problem-
solving, mastery, and project-based learning environment.
As with the WPCS elementary programs, the STEM Academy’s curricular activities will be research-
based and provide a learning environment where student achievement is unbounded to maximize
individual growth. The curriculum will be rigorous and continuously made relevant through community
partnerships with the College of Eastern Idaho, the Idaho National Laboratory, key area employers, and
other STEM partners. Our mission will be accomplished when students develop into motivated
learners, analytical thinkers, and innovative problem-solvers.
The STEM Academy will recruit highly qualified teachers and staff, with a preference given to real world
experience in STEM-related fields. Content, curriculum, and projects will be aligned with State content
standards, but teachers will partner with local colleges and universities, STEM industries, and local and
regional employers to create real world STEM projects. These projects will give students meaningful
and relevant opportunities to learn and develop the hands-on experience and cognitive skills that will
propel them to success in their career path and/or post-secondary education. Students will direct their
own learning to achieve content mastery, and will work with teachers and fellow students on dynamic,
engaging, and innovative projects.
WPCS will maintain its current campus, expanding its grade level capacity to three classes per grade in
K-8. In our Phase 1 expansion, the STEM Academy will transition 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th grade students and
recruit additional students for grades 9 and 10 for the 2019-2020 school year, with a target of 124
students in grades 7-10, including 64 9 th and 10 th grade students. WPCS will use existing classrooms and
either lease appropriate commercial facilities or contract for innovative and well-designed modular
classrooms to accommodate initial growth until permanent facilities can be purchased and
constructed/renovated. In Phase 2, the STEM Academy will expand to grades 11, using additional
leased facilities or modular learning spaces, with a target of 94 a target of 180 students in grades 7-12, including 94 high school students. In Phase 3, the STEM Academy will have ideally purchased and
constructed/renovated permanent facilities near the College of Eastern Idaho, and within convenient
driving distance of its existing facilities. In Phase 3, the STEM Academy intends to accommodate up to
237 students in grades 7-12, with capacity for 564 secondary students by 2026. By Phase 3, the WPCS
elementary building will reach its target capacity of 540 students in grades K-6.
Although various enrollment scenarios exist for break-even in year 1, WPCS anticipates needing grants
or other private donations to bridge probable operational deficits in the first 3 years of operation, with
potential needs beyond year 3 for programmatic enhancements.
The WPCS elementary program and new STEM academy will challenge and inspire students, preparing
them for productive lives and successful careers.
WPCS is a well-established, well-regarded, and successful public charter school with a proven track
record of academic and operational success. WPCS seeks to build on its track record with an innovative
high school expansion to create Eastern Idaho’s premier science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (“STEM”) high school. This expansion will be known as the White Pine STEM Academy
A. White Pine Vision
The White Pine Charter School, through our CORE Knowledge Elementary and the White Pine
STEM Academy, will strive to be the school of choice for discerning parents and motivated
students in grades K through 12. Our vision is
a) To create a dynamic and challenging educational institution with high academic
standards, providing all students opportunities to develop into motivated
learners, analytical thinkers and competent leaders.
b) To effectively utilize research-based practices and provide a progressive learning
environment which maximizes individual student achievement.
c) To practice a positive and compassionate teaching environment in which
educators communicate, share and grow in a professional learning community
focusing on unlimited potential for all students and educators.
By building and maintaining proactive community partnerships with local colleges and
university, employers, and other STEM partners, we will become the preferred institution for
middle and high school students seeking advanced opportunities to graduate early, earn dual
credit, and develop 21 st Century skills and critical habits for success in STEM and other career
B. White Pine Mission
Our institutional motto is “Success for Every Student!” To maximize our student’s success, our
mission is to provide a dynamic, safe, and challenging learning environment, holding students to the highest academic standards and behavioral expectations. We utilize research-based
practices and provide a progressive learning environment to maximize individual student
achievement. We will cultivate a positive and compassionate teaching and learning culture in
which teachers and students communicate, collaborate, share, and grow in a mutual, collegial,
and professional learning community, with unlimited potential for all students and staff.
This mission results in a broad-based education in grades K-8, giving students a well-rounded
context for advanced and rigorous learning opportunities at the STEM Academy, which will
prepare them for success in the 21 st Century Workforce.
The WPCS mission will be achieved at the STEM Academy by challenging, inspiring and
preparing students for productive lives and successful careers. We will do this by teaching 21st
century skills, cutting edge Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and
integrating English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Humanities in a rich inquiry, problem-
solving, mastery, and project-based learning environment.
As with the WPCS K-6 programs, the STEM Academy’s curricular activities will be research-
based and provide a learning environment where student achievement is unbounded to
maximize individual growth. The curriculum will be rigorous and continuously made relevant
through community partnerships with area colleges and universities, the Idaho National
Laboratory, area employers, and other STEM partners. Our mission will be accomplished when
students develop into motivated learners, analytical thinkers, and innovative problem-solvers.