Elevate Academy North

Elevate Academy North


Coming to North Idaho – Fall 2022

Elevate Academy North, a year-round 6th-12th grade Community Driven, Career Technical Public Charter School


Elevate Academy North’s is founded on the belief that students from all backgrounds deserve the opportunity to engage in an educational program that is meaningful to them, and that provides a direction and sense of purpose for their future.

Elevate Academy North’s 6th-12th grade students will have the opportunity to discover and develop their personal strengths, enhance their leadership skills, and find their passion for life as they explore future career paths. Building a firm foundation in middle school will support continued growth and success for students in high school. Students will graduate with industry certification necessary to gain employment and the skills and knowledge to go on and further their training if they desire.

Community Driven Education

Elevate Academy North brings education and industry together in a 6th-12th grade, learning environment to build the future of our community and the workforce. Our goal is to help students become career leaders – industry certified, engaged, productive professionals.

Career & Technical Focus

Career Technical Education spaces will be designed by professionals and offerings will be aligned to North Idaho’s industry needs. Local industry partnerships may include construction, welding/manufacturing, culinary arts, criminal justice, firefighting, business/marketing, graphic design, medical arts, and others according to community input and need.


We believe that when students are inspired by their school and learning, they are more likely to develop healthy habits and mindsets, leading them toward academic achievement and success in the workforce.

Beat the Odds! At Risk Youth

Elevate Academy North is a school of choice for students who qualify as at risk and are not finding success in a traditional education setting. Elevate Academy North seeks to inspire hope in each learner through goals, opportunities, and instruction that connects to their interests and strengths.

Opportunity Driven Focus

Elevate Academy North’s learning opportunities will be designed to align local industry work with core academic subjects so that students will find purpose behind everything that is learned in the classroom. Elevate Academy North will operate on a year-round model. Students will attend four days of scheduled learning experiences. The fifth day of the week will be additional time for CTE programs, intervention for students who are academically deficient, and enrichment for students that are on or above grade level.


Elevate Academy North believes the relationship between teacher and student is vital. For students to learn best, our teachers will establish and build relationships of care, trust, cooperation and respect. Our Elevate Academy North team shares a passion for supporting each student in developing their full potential, which will help them foster resilience, and ignite their desire to reach new heights.

Integrated Purpose Driven Curriculum

Offering relevant and interest-based learning experiences, while educating the whole child is a priority at Elevate Academy North. Core instruction will be taught through CTE experiences, providing students with relevant connections to the required Idaho Content Standards. Students will have the opportunity to earn college credit and industry certifications. By owning their educational pathway, students will become contributing members of their community and local economy upon graduation.

Mastery-Based Education

Elevate Academy North’s students will receive personalized and mastery-based learning opportunities. Students will be supported through four phases of learning that include define/identify, create, communicate/share, and apply. We recognize the value of a highly-skilled workforce, along with lifelong learners. Our 6th-12th grade learning continuum provides a space to support students as they develop knowledge and skills of state academic and industry standards.

Our Administrator

Elevate Academy North Charter Administrator

Marita Diffenbaugh

Contact Information for Elevate Academy North:

Marita Diffenbaugh

Elevate Academy North Charter Administrator

Marita Diffenbaugh has twenty years of service in Idaho’s education system, from the classroom, school district, and university to the State Department of Education. With fourteen years dedicated to students in the classroom and six years of district and state-level administrator experience, she believes her greatest contributions involve building relationships with others and helping them connect their talents, knowledge, and skills with community needs.

As a teacher, administrator, and leadership support for educators in Idaho, Marita gained expertise and experience as a student-focused, purpose driven servant leader. She has supported school and district leadership in the strategic development of mastery-based education and instructional technology implementation. As a connected educator, she has provided teachers with professional development for student engagement and positive digital citizenship practices through local, state, national, and international presentations.

Marita’s education – a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (K-8), Master of Arts with a Technology emphasis, and Education Specialist (Ed.S) in Executive Educational Leadership – provide a foundation for her work in K-12 instructional leadership, augmented by her teaching and administrator/superintendent certifications. Being a co-Founder of #EdCampIdaho, facilitator/participant of the Idaho Mastery Education Network, #IDedchat, Discovery Education Network, and iCivics keeps Marita engaged in professional learning as part of a growing and dynamic network of educators.

She is honored and excited to support the expansion of Elevate Academy, a public charter school working to create a pipeline of highly-skilled, employable workers that meet the needs of Idaho industry and business, while empowering students to be leaders in their own lives. As a leadership partner, with Elevate Academy’s co-founders Monica White and Matt Strong, Marita will plan, develop, and launch a 6-12th grade Career Technical school.

This will be a school of choice for students who qualify as at-risk, with CTE offerings that reflect workforce needs and opportunities in North Idaho. Marita is dedicated to using her strengths and experiences to ensure respect and opportunity for all students. She is passionate about connecting learning to community resources and needs, and restoring hope to support learners of all ages to develop their full potential.