Grades 6th - 12th

Alturas Preparatory Academy

  • Alturas to Open High School in Idaho Falls in 2021
    • A rigorous new high school will open in Idaho Falls for the 2021-22 school year. The management and board of Alturas International Academy (AIA) was unanimously approved for a new charter school called Alturas Preparatory Academy (APA) at a meeting of the Idaho Public Charter School Commission on August 13. Upon receiving state approval, the new school was awarded a grant last week from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation to help fund the purchase and renovation of the school’s future home: the former Sears building in the Grand Teton Mall.
    • Alturas leadership selected the 73,000-square-foot former Sears building after many months of searching and weighing options. Architectural plans call for 30 classrooms, science labs, common areas, an art room, drama room, music room, gym, wide hallways, and abundant natural light. In a unique twist, each classroom will feature large overhead doors – in addition to regular man doors – that allow the rooms to open into larger collaborative spaces.
    • Like Alturas International Academy (AIA), APA will seek authorization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. IB offers a rigorous diploma program and a more traditional career-oriented program. AIA is currently the only authorized IB World School in Eastern Idaho.
    • The school’s plan includes 6th through 10th grade in the first year, adding 11th and 12th over the next two years. Just as at AIA, enrollment will be determined by a lottery system, with priority given to current AIA students and their siblings, while no preference is given based on academic performance or financial resources. Ultimately, the school’s capacity is expected to reach 96 students per grade. Bingham is slated to become the principal of Alturas Prep once it opens, while Ball will remain in her position as Executive Director over both schools. Reece Drkula, a current teacher at AIA, will take over as AIA principal following a year of administrative training with Ball and Bingham.
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  • FAQs
    • How does IB translate to Universities and colleges?
      • As students complete Diploma Program (DP) courses, they will be encouraged to take the IB exam for that course. In turn, those exams can be translated into college credits. If a student is a full-time DP student, they can earn up to 30 college credits. For more information, visit this webpage.
    • How does the grading system work?
      • As with Alturas International, Alturas Prep will follow the grading system set forth by the IB. For more information please click here
    • Will the school be approved for IB by the time the first class of 10th graders graduates?
      • It is anticipated that Alturas Prep will be an authorized IB World School by 2023-2024
    • Will the high school have AP courses?  If so, which courses?
      • Alturas Preparatory Academy will provide International Baccalaureate programs including its Diploma Program (DP) and Career-Related Program (CP) in place of AP courses. These IB courses can be translated into college credits. See what universities around the country think of the IB courses. For more information about specific universities, and how they accept IB credits, please visit the university’s website.
    • What kind of electives will the school offer?  How will students choose which classes they would like to take? Will there be art, drama, choir/orchestra/band, yearbook/newspaper, debate…
      • The International Baccalaureate® (IB) curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the Diploma Programme and the Career-Related Programme. For more information, please click on the links below:
        *Diploma Programme (DP) Plan of Study For additional information regarding the DP click here.

        *Career-Related Programme CP) Plan of Study For additional information regarding the CP click here.

        *In addition to the courses being offered, Alturas Prep will encourage students to establish different clubs that support their interests.
    • Will the school have dances and social events?
      • Alturas Prep will hold dances and other social events throughout the academic school year. Students will have a major voice in the creation of these activities.
    • Will there be sports teams?  If so what kind of teams?
      • Alturas Prep wants to encourage students to be active in life-time sports such as running (cross country/track), tennis, and golf. Alturas Prep also currently plans on offering basketball for both boys and girls as well as volleyball. Additional sports will be considered as enrollment and interest grow.
    • How many students will be in each grade?
      • At maximum capacity there will be 96 students in each grade level.
    • How many will be in each class?
      • Approximately 24-26 students
    • Will they rotate from class to class like typical high school students?
      • Alturas Prep will have a combination of typical class rotations, but also will provide students with a strong community within different subject areas. Students will be placed in cohorts for the core subjects (math and ELA), while in the other subjects they will have interactions with many of their fellow students.
    • Will the students still not attend school on Fridays?
      • Alturas Preparatory Academy plans to maintain AIA’s 4 day in-school sessions. Students will not attend school on Friday, however, to meet Idaho graduation requirements high school students may need additional online instructional hours on Fridays.
    • Are students able to earn college credits?