Startup grant to support opening, growth of Caldwell public charter school
MOSAICS Public School, a K-4 charter school opening in Caldwell in August 2020, was awarded a $1.89 million start up grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation.The grant provides MOSAICS funding to offer full-day kindergarten and the support to grow into a K-8 school serving 540 students by 2024.
“We are very thankful for the investment the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has made in both MOSAICS Public School and in the families of Canyon County,” said Anthony Haskett, principal. Before receiving the grant Haskett was a Bluum Idaho New School Fellow for the past year, during which he planned his school and received approval from the Idaho Public Charter School Commission to open in August of 2020.“We are extremely excited to provide another school choice focused on creating innovators and community leaders, ” shared Haskett.
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education will be one component driving MOSAICS’ mission. The STEAM model will center on project-based learning, which encourages students to construct their own knowledge, integrate multiple subject areas, and present their learning to an authentic audience. In addition, students will learn coding, complete robotics projects using LEGOs, and apply models to real-world problems. The other driver of MOSAICS Public School’s mission is developing community stewardship. Embedded into the school’s projects will be a service component, where students partner with community members to better the area through the wise use of time, talents, and resources.
MOSAICS will serve families in the Middleton, Notus, Vallivue, and Caldwell School Districts and will enroll up to 300 students in Kindergarten through 4th grade for the 2020-21 school year. The school will host a groundbreaking ceremony on October 15 at 4:30 p.m. on Lincoln Road. For more information on MOSAICS Public School, visit www.mosaicsps.org.