Proposed Waldorf school earns state charter with conditions The group is seeking a state charter to potentially open two public K-8 charter schools in Boise and Eagle By Meridian Press staff email@example.com HollyBeechMP Nov 13, 2017 (…) Facebook Twitter Email +2 Laura Merrilee McDonald, co-founder of Peace Valley Charter School, interacts with children at an open house for the proposed school on Jan. 21. The open house took place at the Garden City Library. Courtesy of Peace Valley Charter School Facebook Twitter Email Print Save The proposed Peace Valley Charter School hosted a May Fair earlier this month to engage with families in the community and build support. Courtesy of Peace Valley Charter School Facebook Twitter Email Print Save Facebook Twitter Email Print Save The Idaho Public Charter School Commission has approved the proposed Peace Valley Charter School with conditions.Peace Valley’s leadership will go back before the commission on Dec. 14 to review the conditions and seek a performance certificate, according to the commission’s office.Peace Valley would be a free, public charter school based on the Waldorf model. The school plans to open for grades K-6 in August in either Boise or Eagle, and then eventually expand to K-8, said Laura Henning, board president of Peace Valley Charter School, Inc. Peace Valley would be the first Waldorf school in the Treasure Valley, she said. The philosophy, which originated a century ago in Germany and Austria, focuses on the individual development of students and incorporates art and nature into learning, she said. The use of computers and digital devices is limited.“We need something where we can garden and where we can, you know, have kids out in nature,” Henning previously told the Meridian Press. “It’s not a traditional classroom at all.”The proposed school is backed by an investor, Giza Development, a construction company in Utah.CHARTER SCHOOLSPublic charter schools operate under the umbrella of local school districts or under a state charter. The Idaho Public Charter School Commission charters 37 of the state’s 52 charter schools, according to the commission’s 2016 annual report.The state commission approved a charter for another Treasure Valley public charter school, Gem Prep: Meridian, in August.As of the 2015-16 school year, roughly 20,340 students in Idaho attended a public charter school. Of those, almost 5,000 students were enrolled in a virtual charter school.There are two state-chartered public schools in the West Ada school district boundaries: North Star Charter School and Compass Public Charter School. Two charter schools operate under the West Ada school district: Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School and Meridian Technical Charter High School. More from this section Meridian Police search for men who stole 9 guns, 3 bows Posted: 5:12 p.m. Dog of the Week: Buddy Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 March for Meals March 17 at Kleiner Park Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 Grow announces Idaho Senate candidacy Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 Albertsons now offers grocery delivery with Instacart Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email Print Save HollyBeechMP Follow HollyBeechMP Close Get email notifications on HollyBeechMP daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever HollyBeechMP posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow HollyBeechMP Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!