Science, community-focused charter school in the works for Caldwell

Science, community-focused charter school in the works for Caldwell

by Savannah Cardon, Idaho Press

CALDWELL — A new science and community-focused public charter school for K-8 students could be coming to Caldwell next year.

The proposed Mosaics Public School would focus on STEAM education and community stewardship, offering classes to Caldwell students on a traditional school calendar basis, according to the school’s founder and planned administrator Anthony Haskett. If all goes as planned, Haskett said the school would open in August 2020, and could serve almost 550 students at full enrollment.

STEAM is an educational approach that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, which includes things like computer coding, engineering practices and project-based learning.

“The role of the learner changes from being told what to think to learning to think for themselves,” Haskett said.

The school will largely focus on local connections that will encourage students to find ways to build a better community, Haskett said.

“We want our kids to understand that they have agency to make an impact on the community around them,” Haskett said. “That community connection is really important to school, and we want to make sure we maximize the resources available.”

The proposed 40,000-square-foot charter school, set for an 11-acre plot of land at the southeast corner of Lincoln and Mason roads in Caldwell, is a branch of Idaho Arts Charter School, which has two other locations in Nampa. The building would include space for art, music and other multipurpose activities. Haskett said the school will have 3D printers and various instruments for students to construct prototypes.