Want your child to attend Xavier Charter School? It could be tough. There’s a 361-person waiting list

Want your child to attend Xavier Charter School? It could be tough. There’s a 361-person waiting list

by Julie Wootton-Greener, Magicvalley.com

TWIN FALLS — With a waiting list of 361 children and space in its school building maxed out, Xavier Charter School has essentially stopped advertising to seek more students.

The Twin Falls public charter school — which opened in 2007 — is known for its classical model of education, rigorous academics, high test scores and focus on the arts.

With such a large demand, “I think it says a lot about our school,” administrator Gary Moon said.

Across Idaho, the demand for free public charter schools — open to all students and offer innovative programs — is robust. Despite a growing number of charter schools statewide, nearly 11,000 students are on waiting lists, Idaho Education News reported Sept. 24. It conducted a survey and all but eight charter schools responded.

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