New Charter School for Pregnant Teens in Boise Enrolling Now
For over 55 years the Marian Pritchett School filled the need for teen mothers to continue their education in a safe welcoming environment. The Boise School District decided to close the school a few years back and their has been a void and a need in the area since. According to KTVB, Cardinal Academy's main focus is to educate and serve the needs of pregnant and parentings teens. They will accept expecting moms and moms and dads ages 14-21.
Cardinal Academy's creation was quite a feat and took a lot of time, dedication and contributions. The biggest supporters in the community are the Salvation Army, Boise School District, and the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. The Executive Director's name is Emily Bergstrom. Emily wants this unique alternative school to meet the unique needs of pregnant and parenting students by creating a place that feels like a community.
The Salvation Army is leasing the space to Cardinal Academy at its new Booth Campus at 9492 W. Emerald Street in Boise. Transportation is taken care of for students in Ada or Canyon counties. The school will feature small class sizes and teachers with big hearts. Not only will students receive excellent education to get a high school diploma but also career-technical courses and pregnancy and parenting education and support. It is truly an education system that is tailored to make life better for these teens and their children.
There is even on-site childcare, two healthy meals provided per day along with access to a store and food pantry. On staff is also a full-time licensed social worker to help with case management. Since teen pregnancy and teen parenting is so hard on mental health Cardinal Academy has also partnered with Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. This partnership provides an an on-site medical clinic for students that includes an on-site mental health provider for counseling. Cardinal Academy is now excepting enrollment for classes that start in September.