Proudly serving the students and familes of Elsa.

Who we are

IDEA Elsa sets high expectations for every student and goes the extra mile to make sure every student realizes their own potential. Personalized learning, critical thinking skills, mastery of core subjects is our recipe for success.

  • 2018 Year Founded
  • 733 Students Currently Enrolled
  • Pre-K – 10 22-23 Grade Levels

Our Campus

IDEA Elsa is located at:

IDEA Elsa, 411 South Fannin, Elsa, Texas 78543

411 South Fannin
Elsa, Texas 78543
(956) 567-4700


Campus Leaders

Saron Mata

Founding Principal, IDEA Academy Elsa

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 Principal of Instruction at IDEA, and has been in the Principal in Residence program since 2016.

Saron possesses a deep understanding of the needs of students in the Rio Grande Valley, as well as the record of results proving that she can meet and exceed those needs.

Antonio Garza

Founding Principal, IDEA College Prep Elsa

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 ensuring better educational outcomes for students from his community has been evident throughout his career, all of which was only further confirmed when he made the decision to join IDEA in 2015 as a Principal-in-Residence after serving as the Principal of David Ybarra Middle School for more than a decade. He is looking forward to opening IDEA Elsa in August 2018!

Elsa Hernandez

Assistant Principal of Operations, IDEA College Prep Elsa

Elsa Hernandez was born and raised in Weslaco, Tx. She attended South Texas College and earned her Associates in Accounting, May 2006. She began her journey at IDEA in July 2006 working as part of the Operations Team for the IDEA Donna Flagship Campus. Ms. Hernandez joined IDEA-U in October of 2018 to further her educational career. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with her Bachelor’s in Management in October 2020.

Ms. Hernandez continued her career at IDEA Donna for 15 years as a Sr SIS Coordinator. In June of 2021, she was offered an opportunity to lead the Operations Team at IDEA Elsa as the Assistant Principal of Operations. In the 15 years of working at IDEA, she has seen firsthand students who have graduated not only high school but college as well and return as transformational leaders in our schools and communities. This is the dream she has for every IDEA family that is welcomed each year as IDEA Elsa.

IDEA's 2022-23 Student Application is now live!

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