Principal's Message

Phone: (208) 664-2822


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Brett DePew - Principal

Sorensen: A little school with BIG IDEAS!!!
Welcome to Sorensen Magnet School.  A place where our students learn core knowledge through the fabric of the arts and humanities.  If you haven't heard about us yet, you likely will in the future.  Sorensen is located in the heart of downtown Coeur d'Alene. Our newly remodeled school building is a reminder of the hard work demonstrated by members of this great community who joined forces in a campaign to save Sorensen, turn it into a school of choice, make it one of two "Arts and Humanities" schools in the state of Idaho, and as a result, this little school with "big ideas" has impacted countless numbers of students and will continue to do so for generations to come.  
The Sorensen staff is the core of what makes our school a success. Dynamic, engaging, knowledgeable, kid-friendly, and talented are several definitions I would use to describe our teachers. Our amazing staff loves working with students and takes pride in what our school has to offer.  Students have the opportunity to participate in a host of arts and humanities activities, not to mention their daily emersion into math, science, social studies, and reading/language arts. Sorensen also offers Advanced Learning Placement for students who look for more academic challenge. Teachers at Sorensen work together in an effort to help every child discover themselves, develop a discipline for learning and appreciation for the Arts and Humanities.
Our parents are an integral part of the Sorensen community.  Volunteerism is always encouraged and celebrated.  The parent PTO is vital in assisting within the school and fundraising outside of the school. Please consider joining with PTO when time permits. They are a dynamic group focused on helping provide the school with the essentials and have a lot of fun doing it!
As the Principal at Sorensen, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on a team of highly qualified teachers and staff members, will look for ways to continue to meet the needs of our students, strive to innovate academic learning through the Arts and Humanities, and am ever watchful for all things pertaining to student success. One example of this is the high attendance rate at Sorensen, which we think is a result of students who have found an appreciation and love for learning. Students want to attend school at Sorensen! Another example would be our rise in student test results. This is an indication that our staff has found success in teaching core knowledge through Arts and Humanities and continues to meet the State requirements while analyzing student data with an eye toward continuing to find ways to do it better.  
I am honored and humbled to serve the students and staff of this great school and community. I will work hard to continue a long-standing tradition for excellence in academics and the Arts and Humanities, as well as encourage our students to grow their talents and take pride in sharing their gifts.  
Thanks for considering our little school with BIG IDEAS!!!
Brett DePew