Communities of Excellence

Leading the Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools


A consortium of partners has come together around Idaho’s Communities of Excellence federal CSP program to lead the expansion of high-quality charter schools across our state. 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 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 key members in Idaho’s consortium. The nationally-renowned non-profit charter school facilities finance group Building Hope is the fifth member of Idaho’s consortium.

Notification of Closeout Letter

Official notification of closeout for the Communities of Excellence Federal Charter School Program Grant.

2022 CSP Survey - Parent Responses

2022 survey results conducted among parents whose children attended CSP grant charter schools for the 2021-22 school year.

2022 CSP Survey - Teacher Responses

2022 survey results conducted among classroom teachers working in CSP grant charter schools.

Grant Playbook
Technical Assistance & Events
Public Charter School Basics
10 Things to Know

About Idaho’s Communities of Excellence Program

Clearing the Air

An Analysis of the Federal Charter Schools Program