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Our Campus

Welcome to IDEA Rise


3000 S. Cherry Lane
Fort Worth, Texas 76116

Pre-K-2 & 6th


Campus Leadership

Kristin Olson

Founding Principal, IDEA Rise Academy

Originally from Chicago, IL, Kristin joined IDEA this year as a Principal-in-Residence. As a 1st Principal-in-Residence, she currently works at IDEA South Flores Academy in San Antonio. Prior to joining the PIR Program, Kristin had over 16...

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Nicholas Ditto

Founding Principal, IDEA Rise College Preparatory

Nicholas Ditto is a passionate educator who is driven to ensure that all students, no matter their background, receive a high-quality education that empowers them to attain the career of their dreams! He began his educational career as a...

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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.