Valeria Carrillo: My First Semester at Rice University

IDEA Rio Grande Valley alumna, Valeria Carrillo, visited Rice University for the first time on a College Field Lesson in the 8th grade. Attracted by the studious learning environment, Valeria was determined to attend Rice University upon high school graduation. Because of opportunities like Field Lessons, Valeria was able to envision herself at a top […]

Congratulations to IDEA Seniors who earned the AP Scholars Designation in 2022! 

IDEA Seniors at College Signing Day 2022 revealing their college selections (L to R: NYU, UTRGV, Johns Hopkins University

IDEA Public Schools has received official Advanced Placement (AP) test results, and we are excited to share that 30% of seniors in our AP for All program earned the AP Scholar designation in 2022! Each fall, the College Board’s AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on […]

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 […]

Career & Technical Education – June 2022 Highlights

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 […]

How to Avoid the ‘Summer Slide’ – Summer 2022 Suggested Reading

Summer is here, but the IDEA Team & Family knows that learning is a never-ending journey. We encourage all IDEA students to keep their brains active by engaging in summer reading. Reading is a great way to escape the ordinary or learn new things, but data shows that students who read during summer vacation are […]

Noah Martinez – Proof That Your Support Makes a Difference

Noah Martinez is a 2018 alumni of IDEA Carver College Prep in San Antonio, Texas. After attending eight different public schools in the San Antonio area, Noah found a supportive community of scholars and teachers that instilled a college-going identity in him at IDEA Public Schools. Thanks to the generosity of IDEA supporters, Noah received […]

IDEA Public Schools’ Sensory Rooms Honor Autism Acceptance

Sensory rooms are being added to IDEA campuses throughout the organization with funding from TEA’s Innovative Services for Students with Autism Grant Award. The sensory rooms provide both a therapeutic and educational space for students with special needs and limited communication skills.   The sensory room at IDEA Rio Grande City was made possible by a […]

IDEA Harlingen Celebrates Earth Day With Recycled Materials Art Contest

The IDEA Harlingen Hornets are rethinking ways to use recyclable materials for their first Earth Day Recycled Art Contest. The school-wide art contest, presented by the school’s Earth Club, promotes environmental sustainability and creativity by challenging students to create art made of 100% recyclable materials.  For the growing campus of sixth and seventh-grade students, Earth […]

IDEA San Juan Academy’s Student Book Recommendations

At IDEA San Juan Academy, Brittany Castro’s fourth-grade reading class celebrated International Children’s Book Day on April 2, 2022, by sharing their favorite books of all time for the IDEA Blog. We caught up with Ms. Castro and her class to ask students what book recommendations and tips they have for young readers building their […]

CPS Energy Powers Up Scholarship Funds for IDEA San Antonio Seniors

The IDEA San Antonio Facilities Team will use funds earned through the Demand Response program and funds donated by BLCCS to award seniors a total of $30,000 in scholarships  IDEA Public Schools has partnered with CPS Energy to participate in its Energy Reduction Program to save energy and costs on various IDEA San Antonio campuses. […]