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IDEA Public Schools Celebrates 6 Years of Existence, Achievements in Austin

This week, IDEA Public Schools celebrated 6 years of educational excellence in Austin and honored the contributions and achievements of  senior leadership, founding students, teachers, and community leaders at a luncheon on Wednesday, October 17.  The luncheon welcomed 250 attendees who heard from IDEA Board member and parent, Yolanda Davila, IDEA CEO and Founder, Tom Torkelson, and three founding IDEA Austin students.

This academic year, IDEA’s Austin region is serving 4,500 students and 9,000 parents and emp...

6th Grade at IDEA Public Schools

6th grade is a pivotal year for IDEA students, marking the transition from Academy to College Preparatory.  At the College Preparatory level, further responsibility is placed on IDEA 6th graders to grow to become resourceful learners who take initiative.  

The goal of our college-readiness efforts is for every student to enter their first year of college well-prepared to succeed in college-level courses.  

While an IDEA student’s foundational years at the ac...

Grow, Flourish, and Thrive: Pre-K at IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA, we offer Pre-K at 29 of our campuses, and we’re growing!   

Four years ago, IDEA launched its Pre-K program at IDEA Pharr Academy.  The mission:  Place four-year-olds on the path to success in college and in life with a quality Pre-K program.

“We saw the data explode—kids were responding,” Dolores Gonzalez, IDEA’s Chief Program Officer, said about the pilot. “They were beginning to learn the building blocks of litera...