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Welcome to IDEA Donna



FOUNDED
2000

LOCATION
401 S. 1st St.
Donna, TX 78537

GRADES SERVED
PK - 12

ENROLLMENT
1459

Campus Leadership

Sylvia Verdooren

PRINCIPAL, IDEA ACADEMY DONNA

Sylvia Verdooren was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley.  She attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems. Upon graduation, Sylvia moved to Virginia...

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sylvia.verdooren@ideapublicschools.org

Amanda Canales

PRINCIPAL, IDEA DONNA COLLEGE PREP

Amanda began her journey as an educator when she became a part-time tour guide at the International Museum of Art and Science. Within a few years she was the Education and Public Programs Coordinator. Through her role as a museum educator,...

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Amanda.Canales@ideapublicschools.org

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that use open-enrollment policies and innovative curricula to improve student learning for all types of children.





They receive approximately 75% of their funding from state and federal funds compared to traditional public schools, which typically receive 100% of their funding from these sources. The charter school movement has established a new form of accountability for public schools.

In Texas, charter schools operate under the direction of an appointed (not elected) board of directors.

These schools also have more flexibility in personnel decisions and have the abilitiy to offer services that set them apart from traditional public schools, such as a strong focus on college preparation.

Find out more about charter schools from the Texas Charter Schools Association.