To create a new public charter school in the former Anthony School that uses the unique qualities of the natural environment as a basis of instruction and a backdrop for project-based, authentic, and genuine learning.
We believe outdoor education serves the whole child, growing social emotional skills and improving mental and physical wellness.
Using this approach, we aim to prepare students to be motivated learners, knowledgeable citizens, collaborative workers, and good global stewards.
For more details on the project, check out the Project Overview and FAQs.
The Community Advisory Group meets periodically to receive updates from the planning team and provide feedback and ideas. Stay tuned for our next meeting time. All are welcome.
In 2017, INDE began conversations with the Mondovi School District about the empty Anthony School, situated on over 30 acres of field and forest.
In June 2018, INDE did an initial presentation to the Mondovi school board, introducing our organization and discussing some basics about public charter schools.
In November 2018, INDE presented a detailed timeline to the school board and proposed working with CESA 10 to write a DPI grant this winter. On November 28, 2018, the board unanimously voted yes on the motion: "I move to support and approve the development of a charter school to be housed at the former Anthony Elementary School.”
INDE members serve on a charter planning team along with Mondovi school district staff and Mondovi community members. The team prepared a planning and implementation grant application that was submitted in February 2019.
In June 2019, the Wisconsin Department for Public Instruction awarded Anthony Acres an $800,000, five-year planning and implementation grant. The school is set to open September 1, 2020.