Welcome to IDEA Rio Grande Valley
Proudly serving the parents, families and students of Rio Grande Valley.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
During their stints as Teach For America Corps Members in the Rio Grande Valley, Tom Torkelson and JoAnn Gama founded an after-school program in Donna, Texas, focused on student achievement and college readiness. In 2000, the state of Texas granted them a charter to operate IDEA Public Schools. Now, fifteen years later, IDEA has expanded both in – and beyond – the Rio Grande Valley. In the RGV, IDEA currently operates 34 schools. Over 2,100 IDEA alumni from the RGV are currently in, or have graduated from, 134 colleges and universities across the country.
IDEA Rio Grande Valley is home to 34 PK-12 schools.
IDEA's Rio Grande Valley Region has 22,000 students attending.
100% of our students are college-bound