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Shining Bright: IDEA’s Top 5 Moments That Sparked Joy in 2023


As we turn the page to 2024, IDEA Public Schools in Texas, Florida, Ohio, and Louisiana each bring a unique and vibrant spirit to their regions. Keep reading for the Top 5 moments that sparked joy at our schools!

5. IDEA Lakeland Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony

IDEA is thrilled to welcome a new campus and community Lakeland, Florida. The groundbreaking ceremony included speeches from IDEA Victory scholars and IDEA Tampa Bay Executive Director, James Hartman. Joined by Lakeland Mayor Bill Mutz and Florida State Representative Jennifer Canady, Lakeland is one step closer to the road to and through college.  

Group of people with shovels and hard hats


4. Ribbon Cutting of the Inclusive Playground at IDEA Mission

The inclusive playground at IDEA Mission provides children of all abilities with opportunities to participate in recreation. All students, regardless of their unique needs and abilities, have a place on campus where they can play with their peers and feel included.  

Kids and Teachers at an Inclusive Playground


3. IDEA Carver Band Performs at a UTSA Football Game

High School Band students from IDEA Carver in San Antonio joined the University of Texas San Antonio’s Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) Marching Band at the UTSA vs. Rice University football game in November. Scholars performed during the Veteran’s Day halftime show after spending the day rehearsing with UTSA students and faculty.  

IDEA Carver High School Band Students Performing at a Football Game


2. Student/Teacher Swap Day at IDEA Bridge

IDEA Bridge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana brought joy with a fun dress day where students walked in their teachers’ shoes and swapped their uniforms for business casual. Our teachers wore the classic IDEA uniform with their colored polos and khakis.  

Students dressed as teachers


1. IDEA Class of 2023’s First Day of College

The IDEA Class of 2023 moved into their campus dorms and shared photos with their IDEA campuses to mark this achievement. These are the moments our scholars work toward each year, and we celebrate the hard work and passion of our Team and Family to get our scholars to and through college. Click to view the full post on Facebook. 

As we step into 2024, let’s take a well-deserved break and may your holiday season be filled with joy, laughter, and moments of peace with your loved ones. Thank you for a phenomenal year and here’s to the exciting journey that lies ahead in 2024.  

Want to join the road to and through college at IDEA Public Schools? Submit your application before February 17, 2024 to secure your seat for the 2024-25 school year and read our FAQ blog for details. 


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