Meet our Director of Academics – Deb Hedden-Nicely

This month, I’d like to introduce you to Deborah Hedden-Nicely. She is a co-founder and the Director of Academics at Cardinal Academy. Deb was the head teacher of the former Marian Pritchett School for 18 years and taught U.S. History, Government and Economics. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I feel like it wasContinue reading “Meet our Director of Academics – Deb Hedden-Nicely”

Student of the Month: Louree

By Emily Bergstrom, Executive Director There is no “one size fits all story” for pregnant and parenting students, but they frequently have at least one thing in common: life didn’t go quite as planned. On this blog, I regularly share stories of real students who chose to attend a school program specially designed for pregnantContinue reading “Student of the Month: Louree”

Cardinal Academy: Here to Help Young Parents

Only about half of young mothers earn a high school diploma by the age of 22, compared to 89% of non-mothers. As we look at recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, single mothers are being impacted more than any other group.  Since high school graduates will learn at least $200,000 more in their lifetime (and evenContinue reading “Cardinal Academy: Here to Help Young Parents”

News from the Nest: What We Believe at Cardinal Academy

We hosted an Open House last week and it was so much fun having people in the building. After a year of working from home, it felt good to venture out and connect with people again. As I drove in the morning of the open house, I was trying to figure out what I wantedContinue reading “News from the Nest: What We Believe at Cardinal Academy”

Meet our Partners – The Salvation Army

This month, I’d like to introduce you to Major Kim Stambaugh of The Salvation Army Boise Corps. Major Kim and her husband Major Tom Stambaugh arrived in Boise from their previous post in Guam this past July. It has been a pleasure getting to know Major Kim as we work towards to common goal ofContinue reading “Meet our Partners – The Salvation Army”

“I Am Most Proud of Being a Graduate.”

From the Cardinal’s Nest by Emily Bergstrom, Executive Director There is no “one size fits all story” for pregnant and parenting students, but they frequently have at least one thing in common: life didn’t go quite as planned. On this blog, I regularly share stories of real students who chose to attend a school programContinue reading ““I Am Most Proud of Being a Graduate.””

Pregnant and Parenting Teens: “When I first found out I was pregnant, I thought my life was over…”

From the Cardinal’s Nest by Emily Bergstrom, Executive Director There are lots of good reasons why students choose to attend a specialty program like Cardinal Academy when they find out they are pregnant. After all, Cardinal Academy is a specially designed school for pregnant and parenting teens and young adults! Besides small class sizes, on-siteContinue reading “Pregnant and Parenting Teens: “When I first found out I was pregnant, I thought my life was over…””

Why choose Cardinal Academy?

By Emily Bergstrom, Executive Director I have been asked recently how Cardinal Academy is different from other alternative programs. While they may be alike in some ways, Cardinal Academy is a specially designed school, created specifically with the needs of young parents in mind. Some of the the things Cardinal Academy offers: A safe, calm,Continue reading “Why choose Cardinal Academy?”