Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer transportation?
Yes, Gem Prep Nampa has partnered with the Nampa School District to provide bussing. 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 have partnered with the Nampa School District to provide lunches. Breakfast will also be available to purchase before school each day.
Do you have a building?
Yes, we are leasing part of the New Horizons Elementary school building this year. Our classrooms are in one wing of the building. We are excited about this partnership and the opportunity to share this amazing facility.
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 teacher’s 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.
What is the experience level of the teachers that have been hired?
The teachers at Gem Prep Nampa have an average of 6 years of classroom teaching experience, the range is zero years to fourteen years.
Will you have early release on Wednesday?
Yes, Gem Prep Nampa students will be released at 3:00 on Wednesdays. Since we are partnering with the Nampa School District for transportation we will follow the same school schedule as New Horizons Elementary.
The school day seems too long for my kinder student. What does their day look like? What if they get too tired or frustrated?
We understand that the transition into a full day of kindergarten can be challenging. Students will be offered opportunities to rest and have quiet time throughout the day. There will be many opportunities for play and movement built in to the day. If students become tired or need a break we will work with your child to meet their needs.
If my child goes to their home middle school- what will their transition look like? What, if any, would the ramifications be?
Gem Prep Nampa will add a grade level or two 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 social studies classes.
Will you ever have sports?
We have plans to offer extracurricular activities including sports as the school expands.
How will music/PE/art be incorporated into the school day?
Art and Music will be incorporated into the school day and will be taught by classroom teachers this school year.
Students have about a hour and a half of PE a week with a specialized PE teacher using the school’s gym.
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/ADD/slower 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 I services?
Yes, we offer Title 1 services to any student who can benefit from additional support in math and/or language arts.
Will you have a special ed teacher?
Yes, we have a full time special education teacher.
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 do your 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?
For individualized tours, please contact the school office for a time that will work for you.
Families can tour the school every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 2-3 pm.
What happens if your enrollment drops? Will the school shut down?
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 Nampa provides all technology that students use at school.
Will you have school uniforms?
At this time we do not have school uniforms.
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.
What does the student day look like?
- Daily Schedule
- Morning Meeting
- English/Language Arts – 90 minute block with three thirty minute rotations
- Recess – 20 minutes
- Science/Social Studies/PE (depending on the day)
- Lunch Recess
- Lunch –
- Kindergarten 12:10 – 12:30
- First Grade 12:20 – 12:40
- Second Grade 12:30 – 12:50
- Third Grade 12:40 – 1:00
- Fourth Grade 12: 50 – 1:10
- Math – 90 minute block with three thirty minute rotations
- Recess – 20 minutes
- Student Choice Quarterly Electives
What are electives?
Electives are taught by all classroom teachers who quarterly offer students a choice to learn something of interest.