Idaho’s Communities of Excellence is a consortium of partners that have come together to lead the state’s federal Charter School Program (CSP). Communities of Excellence is committed to increasing the number of quality public charter school seats in Idaho by 8,200 students, especially for our most educationally disadvantaged and rural students through public charter school start-up, replication and expansion.
Bluum, a Boise-based statewide nonprofit charter school support entity, is project lead. Bluum is organized to seek out, vet and support innovative leaders and high-performing school models.
Bluum is joined in the Communities of Excellence consortium by Idaho’s primary charter school authorizer, the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. The Idaho State Board of Education and the J.A.and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation are long-time leaders in Idaho education and school improvement efforts. Both are members of the consortium. The nationally-renowned non-profit charter school facilities finance group Building Hope is the consortium’s fifth member.