IDEA Travis begins its school year

Students at IDEA Travis Academy attended their first day of class on Tuesday. Before entering the building, students’ temperatures were taken at four stations around the school, Bethany Solis, executive director of IDEA Public Schools in the Permian Basin, said during a visit on campus. Temperature check-ins took about 30 minutes for students Tuesday morning. […]

School starts for some in the Austin area this week

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the week begins, so does the first major group of Austin area K-12 schools kicking off a new school year. Some of these schools will be starting with in-person learning options and others will offer only online learning for the time being. Thrall ISD in eastern Williamson County will begin the […]

IDEA Converse ready to open doors

IDEA Converse Public Schools expects to welcome more than 440 students to the program this month. The new campus will begin serving pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first-grade and sixth-grade students on Aug. 11 at its complex at Martinez Converse Road and FM 1516. School programming will open in an all-virtual format due to COVID-19 restrictions set forth […]

IDEA has recruited and is ready to go

When IDEA Public Schools officials announced their partnership with Midland ISD and plans to bring as many as 10 schools to Midland-Odessa, they said they were not going to take from an already-thin pool of teachers. And less than three weeks before the first day of school at their first campus, IDEA Travis Academy, officials […]

Huge change in character of our most challenging high schools

In 1998, while trying to draw attention to a book I had written, I created a ranked list of the most demanding U.S. high schools. I called it the Challenge Index. It was a publicity stunt, a peculiar approach to school assessment I didn’t think would last very long. I took the number of Advanced […]

Meet The Principal: Sala Sims of Tampa Bay

Sala Sims, Principal in Residence for IDEA Tampa Bay, believes that when you support children on their journey to and through college – you are ultimately changing their lives forever. “I believe in the power of education to change the lives of children and the power of schools to change entire communities,” Sims said. Our […]

Founding Family: Tracy Epp, Paula Garcia and Jeremy Beard

Along the United States-Mexico border in deep southern Texas, sunny blue skies and palm trees give the Rio Grande Valley a breezy, tropical feel, but beyond the cities and fields of crops lie colonias where many families struggle financially. While poverty rates in the Rio Grande Valley are nearly double the state average, new generations […]

IDEA Public Schools Announces Expansion to the Coastal Bend Region 

Media Contact: Jennifer Flores Communications Manager P:210-551-9253 E:   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     IDEA Public Schools Announces Expansion to the Coastal Bend Region IDEA Coastal Bend Will Open in Corpus Christi in 2022   Corpus Christi, TX (May 29, 2020) –  IDEA Public Schools (IDEA) recently announced its planned expansion to the Corpus Christi, TX area. Earlier this month, the IDEA Board of Directors granted approval for IDEA Public Schools to […]

IDEA Public Schools is headed to the Permian Basin Area!

IDEA Public Schools recently announced its expansion to the Permian Basin Area. IDEA will open schools in Midland starting in 2020 and Odessa in 2021. Eventually, IDEA will serve roughly 10,000 students across 14 schools on 7 campuses. In response to community needs and bold leadership from both Midland ISD and the Texas Education Agency, IDEA […]

Building a Bridge

Jervion’zoe Brown, 3rd grader, and Kiante Walker, 1st grader, are students at IDEA Bridge Academy. They also happen to be cousins and give each other a cheery wave and a greeting when they pass in the school corridors each day. Both children were at the former Baton Rouge Bridge Academy charter school before it merged with IDEA to become IDEA Bridge. In fact, it was Jervion’zoe’s mother, Roshare Sylvester, who introduced her sister Tayshara Harvey, and niece Kiante to the original charter school. The two families […]