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Welcome to IDEA San Benito



FOUNDED
2008

LOCATION
2151 RUSSELL LN
San Benito, TX 78586

GRADES SERVED
Pre-K - 12

ENROLLMENT
1698

Campus Leadership

Christina Villarreal

PRINCIPAL, IDEA SAN BENITO ACADEMY

With a career in elementary education spanning nearly two decades, Ms. Christina Villarreal has shown again and again that she knows what it takes to help students reach their highest potential. Having taught 1st – 3rd grades in San Benito...

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Christina.Villarreal@ideapublicschools.org

Joel Garcia

PRINCIPAL, IDEA SAN BENITO COLLEGE PREP

Joel Garcia graduated with Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 1994 and a double major in history and Spanish.  In 1997, Garcia began to work on his Masters in education administration from the University of...

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joel.garcia@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.