By Veronica LeMaster
A new arts-focused charter school is set to open in Meridian this fall.
Doral Academy of Idaho will be the first location in the state under Doral Academy Inc., an organization that houses charter schools in Florida, Nevada, and Colorado.
The tuition free public charter school is an arts integrated school, meaning that the program focuses on project based learning using the arts (dance, music, visual arts, theater, and media production) according to Doral Academy of Idaho’s website. Through this, students will be able to “learn in a way that meets their own unique cultural, intellectual, social, and emotional needs,” it said.
Students are accepted on a “lottery based” system where students are selected randomly instead of first come first serve. The school will be accepting 193 students in kindergarten through fifth grade for the fall semester, according to the Idaho Press, and will expand through the eighth grade in the future.
Julianna Turley, an Idaho native, is Doral Academy of Idaho’s first principal as she will lead the 2020-2021 school year. With nearly 20 years of teaching children in California and Nevada, including at the Doral Academy of Nevada charter school, Turley is “confident” the arts integrated approach will provide an “enhanced educational experience”, as she stated on Doral Academy of Idaho’s website.
The new school will be located in the former Compass Charter School building on Cherry Lane. Open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is from January 7 through April 7, with the lottery being April 8. To apply, visit Doral Academy of Idaho’s website.
The photo above shows the campus of Doral Academy Red Rock, an elementary school in Las Vegas. Doral Academy Inc. plans to build a similar campus for a new charter school in Meridian.
Courtesy Doral Academy Inc.