Nevada’s Big Give: I∙School seeks $50,000 in matching grants |

Nevada’s Big Give: I∙School seeks $50,000 in matching grants

I∙School, the leading-edge educational institution that has gathered increasing focus from education innovators, has been offered a $50,000 matching grant from the Thomas Buckley family in Reno and is now seeking a “Fabulous Fifty” to each donate $1,000 for the match.

In explaining the grant, Suzanne Buckley said: “Our family has tried every combination of education available throughout Nevada and northern California. Imagine our delight to find the perfect solution right here in Northern Nevada.”

The grant is part of the Nevada Big Give day held each year for Nevada nonprofits. That day is March 10 this year.

I∙School serves motivated middle- and high-school students who do not fit the traditional school environment, whether profoundly gifted, challenged by academics, or somewhere in between.

It also provides support kids from the chronically ill to competitive athletes, and others who cannot work with a traditional school time schedule.

What was originally eLearning Café, which launched five years ago, I∙School has since earned accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

“Individualized” means preparing students for both college and career. I∙School students can take several TMCC and Western Nevada College courses for dual high school and college credit, while also earning occupational credit for computer programming, videography, firefighting and other important workplace skills under the close supervision of instructors.

With equal emphasis on getting into competitive colleges, a recent AP Chemistry student was admitted to Harvard on early decision.

“Mentoring — taking a close interest in student needs and interests and integrating that into their studies accordingly — is key to our students’ success. A confident student is a successful student,” said I∙School instructor and lead mentor Molly Coffyn.

I∙School can be found on the first floor of the Lakeside Medical & Dental building across the street from the hospital at 889 Alder Ave., Suite 105, in Incline Village.

I∙School operates year-round. Proceeds of the grant will be used to find additional space in Reno and offer scholarship support for part-time and full-time students.

Visit to learn more and to donate as part of Nevada’s Big Give.

Kathryn Kelly is Executive Director of I∙School and can be reached at 775-831-2423 or

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