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Welcome to IDEA Parmer Park


1438 East Yager Lane
Austin, Texas 78753

K-2 & 5 - 6


Campus Leadership

Katie Mackey

Founding Principal, IDEA Parmer Park Academy

Katie Mackey is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned her B.S. in Math and Reading Education. She moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2015 as a Teach for America corps member where she taught in special education. Ms. Mackey also...

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Katherine Christon

Founding Principal, IDEA Parmer Park College Prep

Katie Christon graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Psychology. While there, she had the opportunity to teach abroad in Brazil where she developed her passion for education....

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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.