IDEA Harvey E. Najim

Proudly serving the parents, families and students of San Antonio, Texas.

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IDEA Harvey E. Najim 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 – 5 & 6–10

21-22 Grade Levels


Campus Leaders

Hope Walker

Principal, IDEA Harvey E. Najim Academy

Ms. Hope Walker has been an Assistant Principal of Instruction with IDEA since June 2014. Prior to joining our Team and Family, she was a standout teacher, literacy coach, and curriculum guru with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Since joining IDEA, Hope has worked tirelessly to improve the outcomes of our academy students in San Antonio, having served at both IDEA South Flores and IDEA Judson. In that time, Hope has become an expert in Direct Instruction; one of the many reasons we are so excited to announce that she will be the founding principal at IDEA Harvey E. Najim Academy.

“I always believe in the power of change,” said Hope.  “Making a difference, a direct impact, in the lives of scholars and teachers was always at the forefront of my mind.  This is something I continue to work on daily, and I hope that I have that chance to expand my role at IDEA.”  

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Stephen Foster

Principal, IDEA Harvey E. Najim College Preparatory

Mr. Stephen Foster moved to San Antonio from Rome, Georgia where he served as a teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. Upon moving to San Antonio, he served proudly as the first 4th fourth grade math teacher at IDEA Mays Academy. While teaching fourth grade, he served as the Grade Team Leader and as the 4th Grade Regional Course Leader for the Central Texas Region. Stephen had the highest 4th grade math results in the entire organization which earned him the title of Regional Teacher of the Year for the San Antonio region.

For the 2019-20 school year, Stephen help kick off a successful launch as an Assistant Principal of Instruction at IDEA Burke Academy before being promoted to a Principal in Residence at IDEA Najim Academy. Within a few short months at Najim, he was able to increase assessment scores by over 60% and rank at the top of the District in both 3rd and 4th grade math on the semester exams.

Mr. Foster is no stranger to the scholars and families on the Eastside of San Antonio. We are so excited to present Stephen Foster as the proud principal at IDEA Najim College Prep home of the Stars!

Paola Camparini

Assistant Principal of Operations,
IDEA Harvey E. Najim