Idea bulb logo

Our Campus

Welcome to IDEA Elsa


411 South Fannin
Elsa, Texas 78543

Pre-K-3 & 6-8


Campus Leadership

Saron Mata

Founding Principal, IDEA Elsa Academy

A veteran educator of the Rio Grande Valley, Ms. Saron Mata began teaching in 2006 at Monte Alto Elementary and transitioned to IDEA in 2012. After several successful years teaching and leading third grade reading, Saron became an Assistant...

Continue Reading

Antonio Garza

Founding Principal, IDEA Elsa College Preparatory

Antonio Garza was born and raised in Edcouch-Elsa. Prior to joining IDEA, Antonio spent more than 20 years working in the city’s ISD as a successful and respected teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Antonio’s commitment to...

Continue Reading

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that use open-enrollment policies and innovative curricula to improve student learning for all types of children.

They receive approximately 75% of their funding from state and federal funds compared to traditional public schools, which typically receive 100% of their funding from these sources. The charter school movement has established a new form of accountability for public schools.

In Texas, charter schools operate under the direction of an appointed (not elected) board of directors.

These schools also have more flexibility in personnel decisions and have the abilitiy to offer services that set them apart from traditional public schools, such as a strong focus on college preparation.

Find out more about charter schools from the Texas Charter Schools Association.