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Building a High School, One Year at a Time

North Idaho STEM Charter Academy began as a K-8 school in 2012. The decision was made to expand to a high school, and so a 9th grade was added in the Fall of 2014. We have added a 12th grade this year, and will graduate our first class of Seniors on May 31, 2018. Courses listed on this page will grow as we build our high school program. 

Graduation Requirements

Semester credit requirements for graduation from STEM Charter can be accessed here: 

STEM Graduation Requirements

Links for Students

                     IDLA Portal



High School at STEM

Advanced Opportunities

Eligible students at STEM in grades 7-11 participate in the Fast Forward program offered by the State Dept of Education' s Advanced Opportunities. Students may begin dual credit as early as grade 10 depending on academic preparedness and proven work ethic. Our 10th grade dual credit students are taking courses such as College Study Skills, Intro to Public Speaking, and Political Science on our campus at STEM for credit through North Idaho College. Our 11th and 12th grade students who have continued with dual credit are splitting their time each week between STEM and the NIC campus. Our 7th-9th grade students work ahead on high school graduation requirements either during the summer or as an optional overload courses via IDLA.

IDLA and dual credit payment policy

STEM covers the cost of approved IDLA courses and a $100 tuition scholarship is provided for dual credit courses not covered by the Advanced Opportunities program. Students who transfer out of STEM after the semester has already begun will be expected to reimburse STEM for these costs. 


Students at STEM may participate in Student Government, Advanced Choir, and National Honor Society (if eligible). In addition, participation in activities such as FIRST Tech Challenge, Invent Idaho, iCubed, and the Intel Science and Engineering Fair are encouraged for all high school students. We also have high school students who compete individually or on athletic sports teams in the region. Students who excel in academics, leadership, service, and extra-curriculars may earn a STEM varsity letter annually. Students are encouraged to meet with Mrs. Pence before a sports season begins to ensure course schedules can be adjusted as needed.

Career Information

At STEM, we utilize Idaho Career Information System (CIS) as a tool for students to explore careers, do scholarship searches, and research post-secondary education programs. The link to the system is below; please see Mrs. Pence for a user name and password.

Idaho CIS


Additionally our dual credit students may access resources through the Careers Services office at North Idaho College. The office is located upstairs in the SUB and the web page for information about services, hours, and more is  at NIC Career Services.