Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer transportation?
Yes, Gem Prep Meridian is in the process of developing a bussing program. We will share the bus routes and schedules with parents once plans have been finalized with the bus company.
Do you offer lunches?
Yes, we will have food options for students, and will share those plans once they have been finalized.
Do you have a building?
Yes, we have a facility located at 2750 E. Gala Street in Meridian, ID 83642. It is located right off of Overland Rd. and west of Eagle.
What curriculum do you use?
We use both text based curriculum and online curriculum to support student learning. A list of curriculum can be found on our website or by visiting this link.
What kind of training will your teachers receive before starting this model?
Teachers attend two weeks of face to face training and are required to do online training prior to the school year beginning. Ongoing training is offered throughout the school year. Teachers are trained on the station rotation model, the curriculum, classroom management, instructional strategies, how to analyze student data and use it to drive instruction, and how to help children develop social and emotional skills.
If my child goes to their home middle school, what will their transition look like? What, if any, would the ramifications be?
Gem Prep Meridian will add one to two grade levels per year until we reach 12th grade. Students who choose to transfer to another school should have a smooth transition as our students are required to meet or exceed Idaho Standards, take all mandated state assessments, and take math, Language Arts, science and social studies classes.
Will you ever have sports?
We have plans to offer extracurricular activities including sports as the school expands.
What will electives look like in Gem Prep?
Each quarter students choose an elective course, giving them the opportunity to learn a variety of different subjects. Some of the elective courses that have been offered in our other Gem Prep schools are subjects like: Computer coding, Spanish, reading theater, chorus, literature & art, book club, etc. The last hour of the school day is the designated time for electives, which are taught by classroom teachers.
Will my child be behind or frustrated when starting the school year?
All Gem Prep students are given diagnostic assessments to determine their current skill level. If your child is performing below grade level, then that is where the teacher will begin instruction. We recognize that not all students learn at the same pace.
How will my special education student fit in?
The special education teacher, classroom teacher, principal, and parents will meet as an IEP team to review your child’s goals and objectives and develop a plan to best meet your child’s individual needs. All students will be welcomed into the Gem Prep community.
Will you have Title 1 Services?
Yes, we offer Title 1 services to any student who can benefit from additional support in math and/or language arts.
Will you train the parents before they come in to volunteer? Can any parent volunteer?
We ask all of our parents to volunteer 20 hours per school year. We offer an online training to all of our volunteers. Classroom teachers will also give specific training to volunteers as needed. There are volunteer opportunities on Saturdays, in the evenings, as well as take home projects so not all volunteer hours are completed during the school day.
What type of training to do partner teachers have?
Our partner teachers receive training prior to school beginning and throughout the school year. They will be trained in how to support the classroom teacher and the students, classroom management, and curriculum.
What if my child is in 4th grade and is academically a grade level above their peers? What do you do with a child who is extremely high performing?
The highly personalized nature of our school model is ideal for students working above grade level. Your child will be able to progress at their own pace in challenging curriculum at their skill level in math and language arts. Student projects also give students an opportunity to show what they know in multiple ways and at different levels.
When can we tour the school?
The building is currently undergoing renovations. Tours of the facility will not be available until the summer, after we get permission from the City of Meridian. If you would like see the learning model in action, please contact our sister school in Nampa to set up a time to tour the school. 208-468-2848 or http://www.gemprep.org/nampa/contact-us/.
What happens if your enrollment drops?
Our organization has a twelve-year history of running successful charter schools. If enrollment drops, adjustments will be made to address the reduction in funding, however we do not anticipate a need to close the school.
Do we need to have a home computer?
A home computer is a great tool to have however it is not required, we try to make time available on campus for students if they do not have access to a computer at home. Students can come in before school, after school, or during part of their lunch hour.
Do our kids have to bring their own electronic devices?
No, Gem Prep Meridian provides all technology that students use at school.
Will you have school uniforms?
Gem Prep will adopt the following dress code starting in the 2019-2020 school year: Gem Prep Dress Code.
What are the consequences for our student being gone for a couple weeks?
Attendance is critical as students are learning many new things each day. We do recognize that in special circumstances students may need to miss school. Please talk with your child’s classroom teacher and the principal to discuss an extended absence.
Will you offer a second language at the secondary level?
Yes, our secondary students will have the opportunity to take language courses.