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Curriculum

At IDEA Public Schools, our approach to education is focused on academics and character building that will prepare students for the road to and through college.



Our Pre-K program is a half-day program that creates small, intimate learning groups with no more than 10 students per group.  This allows teachers to devote plenty of personalized attention to each student, and also provide opportunities for re-teaching when needed.

Our K-5 academy curriculum includes a hybrid learning model, which provides students with  a combination of intimate, individualized instruction, and web-based, adaptive support from the nation’s leading educational technologies and software.  

Beginning in third grade, IDEA students go on college field lessons. The trips can last as little as a day or as much as a week, taking students to college and university campuses, museums, and historical sites.

Our 6-12 college prep curriculum focuses on college preparation across all subjects.  The primary goal of our college-readiness efforts is for every student to enter their first year of college without the need for remedial courses in any content area, and to be well-prepared to succeed in college-level courses.

IDEA’s Pre-K program is focused on ensuring every student is reading, writing, and performing math on level.  Our organization places tremendous importance on the building blocks of education.  If students start strong, they finish strong, particularly when it comes to literacy.  Great readers are great learners, no matter the subject.  That’s why ninety-four percent of our youngest learners finished the year completing kindergarten work across all classes.  Our IDEA Pre-K students end the year ready to start kindergarten strong and grow each year in school.

Our K-5 academy curriculum includes a hybrid learning model, which provides students with  a combination of intimate, individualized instruction, and web-based, adaptive support from the nation’s leading educational technologies and software.  All elementary students participate in rigorous reading, writing and mathematics instruction and continually yield some of the highest STAAR scores in the state.  Within these core classes, students also learn the fundamentals of science and participate in field trips and activities that promote the development of problem-solving and social skills.  In addition, students rotate daily specials that include:

·         The iLearning Hotspot, where students complete math software—DreamBox and Reasoning Mind—that understand where your child is and continue to challenge them based on their level.  We know students learn best when they’re having fun, so these software programs work like an educational videogame, and students love it! 

·         The Accelerated Reader (AR) Zone, a space devoted to promoting a culture of reading to help our students unlock the world of opportunity and equip them for a lifetime of learning and enjoyment.  Through the AR Zone, students read books, complete a test about each story they read, and keep track of the total amount of books, and words, they read throughout the year.  The ultimate goal is to read one million words by the end of the school year.  Our readers meet important milestones and receive incentives along the way. 

·         A Physical Education class, which implements cutting-edge technologies from Adidas. Students wear wrist heart rate monitors that help track their physical activity during PE.  IDEA’s physical education curriculum is centered around students improving their health and wellness.   

Our 6-12 college prep curriculum focuses on college preparation across all subjects.  The primary goal of our college-readiness efforts is for every student to enter their first year of college without the need for remedial courses in any content area, and to be well-prepared to succeed in college-level courses.  We provide students the opportunity to experience rigorous and challenging course content in high school and gain college-credit through Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate courses. Each of our core content areas is extremely rigorous at all levels and aligned with these goals in mind.

All IDEA students are on the college track and participate in Advanced Placement courses.  Our “AP for All” program provides rigorous coursework for every one of our college preparatory students.  Taking advanced placement courses can positively impact a student’s academic growth and readiness for college through challenging assignments, diverse course content, and college-level expectations.  All IDEA students are required to complete 11 AP courses by the time they graduate from one of our high schools.

Several IDEA campuses, including IDEA Donna, IDEA Frontier, IDEA Brownsville, IDEA McAllen, and IDEA South Flores, have or are in the process of receiving authorization from the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization to offer Diploma Programmes, serving students in grades 9 to 12.  IB programmes are renowned for challenging students to excel in their studies, and encourage both personal and academic achievement.  International Baccalaureate programmes aim to go above and beyond to foster curious, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to excel.  Students attending schools that have been authorized to offer Diploma Programmes have the opportunity to graduate from high school with an IB diploma and earn 24 or more college hours.

In our special education program, students receive individualized support through targeted resources, accommodations, extra-help, and training so they can complete the same work and curriculum as their IDEA peers. The knowledge and instruction our special education program provides is no different than what all of our students in academy and college preparatory are receiving.  We simply provide additional support through interventions, modifications, and accommodations to students who need it to ensure they are able to succeed. 

Students with special learning needs receive extra support from both the regular-education teacher as well as the special education teacher.  Our teachers utilize the newest technologies and on-the-forefront learning accommodations so that every student receives the guidance and support they require to master the material.  Additionally, our special education teachers work with students to develop the life-skills they need to be resilient and achieve success when faced with a variety of obstacles.  No child is ever left behind in an IDEA classroom. 

We supplement teaching methods and cater to the learning styles of every student, but we do not lower the learning expectations for any student.   Each of our campuses service students who are English Language Learners (ELL) and/or receive 504, Homebound, Dyslexia, or Special Education services, which include Autism and Down-Syndrome accommodation.  Our special education teachers utilize the Response to Intervention (RTI) process to service students who receive a specialized learning plan.  This RTI plan documents student-response to interventions and accommodations on a daily basis, so that we know what practices work for each student.  At IDEA, we provide support for students with special learning needs through individualized academic coaching by expert special education teachers who maintain constant communication with families and support systems.   

IDEA Public Schools combines a rigorous curriculum and with nurturing teachers.  A phenomenal education is within-reach for your child.  Apply now!