IDEA Rio Grande Valley Shines Bright with Afterschool Programs

IDEA scholars, parents, and community leaders from the IDEA Rio Grande Valley region are rallying for afterschool programs this week as part of Lights On Afterschool. This event celebrates the achievements of afterschool students and draws attention to the need for more afterschool programs to serve the millions of children nationwide who are unsupervised each […]

IDEA McAllen’s Little Shop of Team & Family

IDEA McAllen’s Fine Arts department sits in a quad of portables on campus. Walking through the campus, past the Academy building, outdoor pavilion, and College Prep building, one could miss the hustle of busy students in the school’s fine arts department, called Group 6.   This semester, 92 scholars from grades 6-12 have been investing […]

IDEA Afterschool Programs in the RGV Celebrate National Lights on Afterschool Event

IDEA Students in Afterschool Programs funded by 21st Century

IDEA students, parents, and community leaders from the Rio Grande Valley will join on Thursday, October 20, 2022, to celebrate Lights On Afterschool, a national event that celebrates the achievements of afterschool programs and their students.   The national celebration aims to draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs to serve millions of children […]

Center Stage: Grupo Folklorico Cuauhtli of IDEA Edinburg

After-school programs at IDEA Edinburg College Prep are a source of joy for scholars and staff across the campus. Their rich programming of music, art, and dance is known for bringing the school community together and filling the gymnasium with families for showcases, concerts, and community events. When the campus had to pause after-school activities […]

Discovering Diversity in Latinx Culture with IDEA Pharr’s Mariachi Leon

IDEA Pharr Mariachi Leon

 This Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re highlighting IDEA Pharr’s Mariachi Leon and how they have brought the IDEA community together with their performances. The IDEA Pharr campus in the Rio Grande Valley was the first to launch a Mariachi program and ensembles are following suit and appearing across the district. Directed by Cecilia Chavez Padron, she […]

Interview with Wheelchair Athlete Joseph Anthony Lara

July 26 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. This important civil rights law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general […]

IDEA Career and Technical Education Highlights of 2021-22

Career and Technical Education at IDEA enhances our mission of college for all by allowing students to explore career fields that mirror the job market and landscape of our nation’s economic growth. Students use these experiences to select the Major and University that will equip them for life beyond our classrooms. IDEA offers 12 programs […]

IDEA Donna Scholars Recognized at 2022 Congressional Art Competition

Camille Rangel and Ashlyn De Leon from IDEA Donna were honored this week by Congressman Vicente Gonzalez for their submissions to this year’s 2022 Congressional Art Competition. Rangel and De Leon were selected as part of the top five submissions. The students were presented with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Congressman Vicente Gonzalez […]

A Powerhouse End to Women’s History Month with IDEA Edinburg’s State Powerlifting Champions

We’re rounding out Women’s History Month at IDEA by highlighting the women of IDEA Edinburg College Prep’s Powerlifting team. Juniors Mia Rincones and Amaris Garza are making history at IDEA Public Schools with their record-breaking lifts in Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting. These IDEA scholars are making regional and state history, respectively, as back-to-back state […]