Step onto the campus at Future Public School in Garden City and you’ll find yourself enveloped in a world of possibility. The charter school is home to about 400 “engineers” who make up the student body, spanning Kindergarten through 6th grade. The school says it embraces a modern view of engineer-centered learning, where students learn with authentic, engaging projects in comfortable, personalized learning environments.
Amanda Cox and her co-founder Brad Petersen opened the school in 2018 after two years of research. Building a school from the ground up gave them the opportunity to try things that hadn’t been done in the Treasure Valley before. For instance, they formed a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County, which allows the school and the club to share facilities. Future saves money by not having to build and operate their own gymnasium and cafeteria while the Boys and Girls Club uses the space for activities when school is not in session.
Idaho Housing and Finance is also helping Future Public School be smart with the limited funds they have. See how Idaho Housing was able to save them about $150,000 a year, while giving them ownership of the facility.