IDEA means college for all.

We are a nationally recognized network of Pre-K to 12th grade public schools.

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Who we are

IDEA Public Schools is a growing network of tuition-free Pre-K to 12th grade public schools serving more than 24,000 students in 44 schools across Texas (San Antonio, Austin, and the Rio Grande Valley).

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As we celebrate IDEA Public Schools’ 15th anniversary in 2015, we are enjoying our best year yet, as measured by unprecedented college acceptances along with superb rankings from the Texas Education Agency and top national publications.

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About Us



IDEA currently consists of 44 tuition-free public schools.



There are nearly 23,000 students attending IDEA.


College Bound

100% of our kids are college bound.

Our Schools

By 2017, IDEA will operate 60 schools in three regions educating tens of thousands of students on their road to and through college.

When we achieve this goal, our schools will prepare the majority of low-income college graduates in the Rio Grande Valley.

By expanding our impact, we will increase the number of low-income college graduates by 50%. This success will change lives, families, and communities across Texas.

San Antonio, Texas

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Austin, Texas

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Rio Grande Valley, Texas

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Road to College

From Pre-Kinder to 12th grade, IDEA Public Schools is focused on sending 100% of our kids to college.


  • Pre-K-2nd

  • 3rd-5th

  • 6th-8th

  • 9th-12th

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