Barbara Morgan S.T.E.M. Academy (BMSA) opened in the Fall of 2013 to provide students in the west central region of West Ada school district an opportunity to participate in a K-5 S.T.E.M. education program.
Prior to BMSA, the campus operated as a traditional elementary school under the name of Linder Elementary. Linder Elementary began in the early 1980’s and hosted hundreds of staff and thousands of children over the years, many of which have fond memories of their experiences at Linder Elementary.
BMSA is part of a strategic district plan to expand opportunities for S.T.E.M. learning throughout the West Ada district. Significant changes were made in repurposing the school to serve as a S.T.E.M. Academy including: remodeling the building, adding two labs to facilitate S.T.E.M. learning, hiring a new Principal and several new teachers, including a STEM Specialist teacher. The school’s namesake, Barbara Morgan, has graciously served in an advisory capacity to the school and has visited the school on numerous occasions. Barbara Morgan is a former Idaho teacher that went on to work for NASA, serving as an education liaison and astronaut. Mrs. Morgan has since retired from NASA and is currently a professor at Boise State University. BMSA has added over 150 new students in its first 2 years and currently has a waiting list for grades K-3.