Children@Risk Names 19 IDEA Schools in List of Rio Grande Valley’s Best Schools

On Tuesday, the Houston-based research and advocacy nonprofit Children at Risk announced its annual list of the Rio Grande Valley’s Best Schools. Nineteen IDEA Public Schools middle and high schools were ranked among the top schools in the Rio Grande ValleyIn addition, 100% of the top three Pandemic Proof Schools in the RGV are IDEA schools! Congratulations! 

Due to the pandemic, this year’s rankings focused on three-year analyses that showcased campus and district consistency over time via its Three-Year Strong ranking.  

IDEA Quest College Prep and IDEA Frontier College Prep ranked in the top ten high schools and IDEA College Prep McAllen and IDEA Quest College Prep ranked in the top five middle schools.  

Additionally, IDEA College Prep McAllen, IDEA Quest College Prep, IDEA College Prep Edinburg and IDEA College Prep Brownsville were named Pandemic Proof Schools by Children@Risk. These schools have 75% or more of a campus’ students classified as low-income that have been classified as high performing campuses (receiving A or B C@R Grades) for three years running. 

IDEA Quest College Preparatory and IDEA Frontier College Preparatory ranked 1st and 2nd in the Racial Equity Index. The Racial Equity Index is a comparative measure indicating how well schools are serving students of color. The Racial Equity Index accounts for 25% of elementary and middle school campuses’ and 20% of high school campuses’ overall rank.  

This new indicator accounts for relative performance based on campus race/ethnicity demographics, the ratio of economically disadvantaged students that meet or exceeds grade level at that campus which measures performance for economically disadvantaged students, and the ratio of students of color that meet or exceeds grade level at that campus which measures performance for students of color 

“I am so proud of our all of our school’s accomplishments,” says JoAnn Gama, CEO of IDEA Public Schools. “This year has been marred with trials and uncertainty, but one thing remains true–IDEA scholars will continue their path to college. 


Here is the full list of IDEA schools in the Top 25: 

Top 25 RGV Middle Schools (11 IDEA Schools) 

  • IDEA McAllen – 3rd  
  • IDEA Quest – 4th  
  • IDEA Edinburg – 6th  
  • IDEA Brownsville – 10th  
  • IDEA Weslaco Pike – 11th  
  • IDEA Frontier – 12th  
  • IDEA Mission -16th  
  • IDEA Alamo – 17th  
  • IDEA Donna – 21st  
  • IDEA Riverview – 24th  
  • IDEA Weslaco – 25th 


Top 25 RGV High Schools (8 IDEA Schools) 

  • IDEA Quest – 4th  
  • IDEA Frontier – 6th  
  • IDEA Alamo – 13th  
  • IDEA San Juan – 14th  
  • IDEA Pharr – 16th  
  • IDEA San Benito – 19th  
  • IDEA Mission – 20th  
  • IDEA Donna – 25th 


Most recently, IDEA’s Class of 2020 matriculated to college. The class was accepted to more than 360 colleges and universities across the nation and received more than $26 million in grants and scholarships. Among the 1,143 students who matriculated to college, over 850 of those students were the first members of their family to attend college.  

Congratulations, IDEA Rio Grande Valley! Learn more about the Children@Risk rankings from The Brownsville Herald here! 

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