Idea bulb logo

Our Campus

Welcome to IDEA Bluff Springs



FOUNDED
2016

LOCATION
1700 E. Slaughter Lane
Austin, Texas 78744

GRADES SERVED
K-9

ENROLLMENT
1176

Campus Leadership

Virginia Callaway

PRINCIPAL, IDEA BLUFF SPRINGS ACADEMY

Ms. Callaway graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a B.A. in English and Philosophy and received her M.A. in Teaching (summa cum laude) from St. Edward’s University in Austin. Ginny taught and led in the...

Continue Reading

Virginia.Callaway@ideapublicschools.org

DeAnna Bruce

PRINCIPAL, IDEA BLUFF SPRINGS COLLEGE PREP

A native of Austin, she is acutely aware of the educational inequities in her hometown. A Teach for America alum, she has taught and led in both traditional ISDs and CMOs in the Dallas area prior to coming on board as a...

Continue Reading

deanna.bruce@ideapublicschools.org
512-822-4200

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.