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For the past 17 years, IDEA has prepared students for success in college and in life. Our approach is different - and it works.

Personalized Learning

Through small learning groups, technology, one-on-one tutoring, and college counseling, students are supported at the level just right for them.

Expert Teachers

Our teachers bring subject matter expertise and an unwavering commitment to set each student on a path to success.

Character Development

Beyond academics, our enrichment programs develop independent, responsible citizens who give back to their communities.

The Admissions Process

Determine your Child’s Eligibility

To apply, your child must be at least four years of age (for Pre-K lottery) or five years of age (for K lottery) on or before Sept. 1, 2018. Grade availability varies by campus.

Complete Application

You may apply to multiple IDEA schools, and rank campuses by preference. To be included in Lottery, applications must be submitted online, by phone, or at a campus by 8am Jan. 27, 2018. After Lottery, we enroll students on an ongoing basis, as seats are available.

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IDEA Public Schools holds a random lottery to ensure equal access for all applicants. IDEA’s Lottery will be held Jan. 27, 2018 at 8am CT. Families will be notified of the outcome via email and phone. Find more information about our lottery here.

Enrollment & Wait List

If accepted, students must accept their offer online and attend registration events to officially enroll at IDEA. If students are not granted a seat, they will be placed on a wait list for the remainder of the 18-19 school year. Find more information about our enrollment and wait list here.

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