Proudly serving the parents, families and students of Elsa, Texas.

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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. 


Year Founded


Students Currently Enrolled

Pre-K – 9

21-22 Grade Levels


Campus Leaders

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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.

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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!

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Gracy gomez

Assistant Principal of Operations,
IDEA College Prep Elsa


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