Anser Charter School

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the secret to Anser’s success?
  2. How can my child get into Anser?
  3. How do I get my child’s name entered into the Kindergarten lottery?
  4. How do I get my child’s name entered into the lottery for elementary (Grades 1-6) or junior high (Grades 7-8)?
  5. How do I know if my child got in to Anser through the lottery?
  6. How do Anser parents know their child is receiving the same level of basic education as they would at a traditional public school?
  7. How is a charter school like Anser different from traditional public schools?
  8. Is parent involvement a high priority at Anser?
  9. Do Anser parents pay tuition?
  10. Is Anser fully funded by tax dollars?
  11. Does Anser provide busing for its students?
  12. Does Anser provide a hot lunch program?
  13. When is the first and last day of school?
  14. Does Anser follow the same schedule as the Boise School District?
  15. How did Anser purchase a building?
  16. Can you rent Anser?
  17. How many classrooms and students do you have by grade?
  18. Does Anser have a dress code?
  19. What time does school start and end on a typical day?
  1. What is the secret to Anser’s success?
    Anser works to develop tomorrow’s community leaders through academic achievement, strong character building and the cultivation of leadership skills. Anser’s success is built on the following key areas:

        - Freedom to identify and implement innovative educational programs
        - Ability to hand pick extraordinarily qualified and motivated teachers and staff
        - Willingness to accept wide ranging contributions by involved and committed parents
      - Effective use of all these resources by the administrative leadership

    Active pedagogy is supported through work with other teaching partners and a school culture that practices shared and distributive leadership, reflection, deep dialogue, meaning social interactions and aligned professional development. Equity and high expectations for every student is fostered through:

        - Inquiry and project based learning approach
        - Safe, respectful and orderly community
        - Exposure to outdoor adventures
        - Service learning and civic responsibility
      - Engagement of families in the life of the school
  2. How can my child get into Anser?
    Anser’s enrollment is based on an annual lottery drawing. All students are welcome to submit their name in the Anser lottery with priority given to those living within the Boise School District. Names are randomly drawn to determine students for the upcoming school year and establish the waiting list (during the school year Anser may have openings that occur and will utilize this waiting list to fill these openings). For more information on Admissions, please click here.
  3. How do I get my child’s name entered into the Kindergarten lottery?
    To be eligible, your child must be 5 years old by August 31 of the year they want to enroll. Applications for Anser’s annual kindergarten lottery are accepted after January 1 of the year the child is eligible for kindergarten. Forms must be received at least 24 hours in advance of the lottery which is held on the third Thursday of February. All potential students wishing to enroll in Anser Charter School must complete an enrollment application form. Please use one form for each child. Mail, fax or hand-deliver applications to Anser (applications submitted via email will not be accepted). For our contact information please click here.
  4. How do I get my child’s name entered into the lottery for elementary (Grades 1-6) or junior high (Grades 7-8)?
    The waiting list lottery is held on the third Thursday of February each year. Applications for the lottery are accepted after January 1. Forms must be received at least 24 hours in advance of the lottery. All potential students wishing to enroll in Anser Charter School must complete an enrollment application form. Please use one form for each child. Mail, fax or hand-deliver applications to Anser (applications submitted via email will not be accepted). For our contact information please click here.
  5. How do I know if my child got in to Anser through the lottery?
    Anser staff will start making phone calls and sending emails and/or letters to offer enrollment the day after the lottery. There are many phone calls to make, and families have 48 hours to accept of decline an offer, so it may take up to two weeks before you receive a call. When lottery results are available, we will post them here to our website.
  6. How do Anser parents know their child is receiving the same level of basic education as they would at a traditional public school?
    The State of Idaho has extensive academic guidelines that are the basis for our accreditation as a public school. All students at Anser take the state required standardized tests. Complete test score data can be obtained through the school office. Anser is committed to the concepts of expeditionary learning, strong character and leadership development and genuine community involvement. We fully prepare our students for the academic challenges they will face after their experience at Anser.
  7. How is a charter school like Anser different from traditional public schools?
    Whether it is public or charter, every school is different and unique in its own way. Anser differentiates itself in the following ways:Expeditionary Learning Approach

        – We utilize the Outward Bound School design or expeditionary learning model which you can learn more about at

    www.elob.org

        . This adventure-based learning style allows hands on exploration and a project-oriented environment.

    Class Size – Our class sizes are typically smaller than those found at traditional schools, providing more one-on-one attention for students.

    Parent Involvement – Opportunity for parental involvement exists on a greater scale than is usually found in more traditional public and private schools. Our award-winning Community Based Curriculum (CBC) program is a great example of involvement by parents in which they help support students to get involved in a variety of community service opportunities.

    For more information on charter schools on Idaho, please visit the Idaho Charter School Network.

  8. Is parent involvement a high priority at Anser?
    Parent involvement is a strong predictor of an individual student’s educational success. Parental involvement at Anser is extremely strong at both the student and school level and is nurtured as one of our primary assets.
  9. Do Anser parents pay tuition?
    All charter schools in Idaho are non-religious, tuition-free public schools. Anser parents pay typical costs such as material costs, and voluntarily participate in the special costs of the Community Based Curriculum program. Parents generally participate in fundraisers to support the school and volunteer their time often.
  10. Is Anser fully funded by tax dollars?
    No, Anser is not fully funded by tax dollars. The State of Idaho funds public school operations with a complex funding formula. This formula generates what is essentially a per student dollar amount. Anser does receive this amount, which is roughly equal to the per student amount received by traditional public schools.The main funding difference is that charter schools in Idaho (required by state law) are not allowed to receive money generated by local school bonds. In a typical school-funding model, bond money is used to buy, build or maintain facilities. Anser opened its doors with significant debt because we had to remodel the facility to accommodate our school. Anser is currently paying for the building mortgage and renovation costs with fundraising dollars. Over 90% of Anser’s total operating budget is funded through state tax dollars.
  11. Does Anser provide busing for its students?
    Anser does not currently offer busing. The Anser community is well organized with carpools.
  12. Does Anser provide a hot lunch program?
    We offer a hot lunch program at Anser for $3.00 provided through the Boys and Girls Club that meets all the Federal standards and guidelines for hot lunches. We also offer free and reduced lunch option for those who qualify.
  13. When is the first and last day of school?
    Anser generally starts school on the day after Labor Day and ends school about June 1st. For exact dates, please visit our School Calendar.
  14. Does Anser follow the same schedule as the Boise School District?
    Anser has the same holiday schedule and days off as the Boise School District plus other days off that are unique to Anser. Our first and last day of school can be different as we generally start the day after Labor Day and end around June 1st.
  15. How did Anser purchase a building?
    As Anser approached its 7th year in leased space, the Anser Board and staff launched a Facilities Search Committee to find a new, permanent home. Every available commercial, school and church property in the Boise area was evaluated as a potential new home. As the Facilities Search Committee worked to find a location, the Capital Campaign committee was formed to raise the funds to use as a down payment.In the fall of 2008 the Facilities Committee identified a property in Garden City. After a careful site analysis, study of the area and numerous inspections, Anser negotiated the purchase of our current property. With a new home identified, the Capital Campaign Committee worked tirelessly to solicit donations from Anser families, the local community and local foundations. Through their outreach to the Anser parent community, the committee was able to solicit donations from 96% of the families enrolled before the purchase of the building. The Anser family and community donations combined with the generous support of the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation raised enough money to secure a bridge loan to serve as the down payment of the building. Anser representatives signed the loan documents to purchase the building in May 2009 with the help of skilled and dedicated US Bank employees.
  16. Can you rent Anser?
    Anser leases out the gym for use by community members and student related groups. The space is great for sports team practice, classes, even birthday parties! For more information on using Anser space please click here.
  17. How many classrooms and students do you have by grade?
    Anser currently has 365 students. Multiage classroom structures (with the exception of Kindergarten) are utilized to enhance the Anser community. Here is a breakdown of our naming designations, grades, total classes and number of students:Kindergarten

        – We have two Kindergarten classes with 16/17 students per class (total of 33 students).

    Early Childhood (EC) – Consists of first and second grade students. There are three different EC classes with 23 students per class.

    Middle Childhood (MC) – Comprised of third and fourth grade students. There are three different MC classes with 25 students per class.

    Upper Childhood (UC) – Consists of fifth and sixth grade students. There are three different UC classes with 20/21 students per class.

    Junior High – Consists of seventh and eighth grade students (total of 108 students).

  18. Does Anser have a dress code?
    Anser does not have a formal dress code. Our first responsibility is the education of our students. Clothing displaying inappropriate/offensive writing or graphics is unacceptable. Prohibited clothing includes the use of obscene, sexual, drug/alcohol/tobacco related messages.
  19. What time does school start and end on a typical day?
    Kindergarten: 8:15am-11:30am Monday-Friday
    Elementary 8:15am-3:15pm Monday-Friday
    Junior High: 7:55am-2:55pm Monday-Friday