Q: What are the advantages of attending IDEA Public Schools?
A: IDEA believes a quality Pre-K – 12 public education is the key to success in college and life. IDEA sets high expectations for every student and goes the extra mile to make sure every student realizes their own potential. Personalized learning, critical thinking skills, mastery of core subjects and continued support through college is IDEA’s recipe for success.
Q: Do you offer transportation?
A: IDEA is committed to providing excellent transportation services to students. Currently, transportation is provided throughout the Rio Grande Valley and at IDEA Allan in Austin. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of this free service. However, several of our campuses have public transportation stops near their campus and can assist you with securing bus passes for your child.
Q: Do you offer extracurricular activities and sports?
A: Yes. IDEA students are introduced to a robust assortment of extracurricular activities. IDEA athletic programs include basketball, baseball, cross country, cheerleading, flag football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track and field, among others. In addition to sports, IDEA also offers a variety of clubs, which span many student interests - art, chess, cooking, dance, community service, farm and garden, languages, music, photography, politics, yearbooks, and much more. The school makes decisions on which extracurricular activities to offer to students.
Q: What are the school hours at IDEA?
A: Students K-12 are in school from 7:45am to 3:45pm.
Q: Are children identified with Special Education needs or Section 504 plans serviced at IDEA Public Schools?
A: Yes. IDEA Public Schools serves and provides equal educational opportunity and a Free Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”) to students with Special Education or 504 eligibility and 33% of our population are identified as English Language Learners.
Q: Why are IDEA students required to wear a uniform?
A: IDEA creates a culture in which students can focus their energy on their academics and not on what they are wearing.
Q: Where can I learn more about specific uniform questions?
A: Click here for the latest uniform policy and vendor information.
Q: Why do students need to apply?
A: IDEA is limited in the number of students we can accept per grade level per year by campus. When there are more student applications than spots available, we are required by law to have a random selection.
Q: What is the cost to attend an IDEA school?
A: Like any public school, any child can attend IDEA from K-12 without paying tuition. A student can join IDEA at any age or grade level and still succeed in our academic program. Additionally, families can choose to enroll their children in our pre-K program, which is tuition-free for most families who qualify. We work hard to make sure as many families as possible can enroll their children in our pre-K program at minimal financial cost.
Q: Who can apply? Are there any requirements for admission?
A: We invite any interested family to apply to our lottery, where students are randomly selected and accepted through a random lottery that is transparent and open to the public. Prospective students are not required to take an entrance exam to be considered for the lottery; meaning anyone can apply and all students are eligible.
Q: Can I apply to more than one IDEA school?
A: Yes, you can. Families interested in multiple IDEA school options can list and rank up to three school choices. If an offer of admission is provided, it will only be to one IDEA school. We recommend that families only apply to schools that they are willing to drive to and from on a daily basis and in case of emergencies.
Q: What is required for an application to be considered complete? Do I need to provide my immigration status?
A: Your immigration status is not required and Texas state law prohibits us from asking that information. The application will consist of the following: student’s name, current school, parent/guardian names, contact information, date of birth, and a short pre-K survey (if applicable). The process is simple and straightforward and should take you no more than ten minutes to complete.