IDEA Los Encinos

Proudly serving the students and familes of McAllen.

Who we are

IDEA Los Encinos 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.

  • 2019 Year Founded
  • 526 Students Currently Enrolled
  • Pre-K – 4
    & 6 – 9
    22-23 Grade Levels

Our Campus

IDEA Los Encinos is located at:

IDEA Los Encinos, 5400 S. Ware Rd., McAllen, TX 78503

5400 S. Ware Rd.
McAllen, Texas 78503
(956) 429-4150


Campus Leaders

Esmeralda Ortiz

Principal, IDEA Los Encinos Academy

Raj Desai

Principal, IDEA Los Encinos College Prep

The early path of education for Raj Desai, the founding principal of IDEA Los Encinos College Preparatory, was traveled on with a small, yet sturdy bicycle. Even though the commute was long and tiring, he understood the importance of my journey. His parents, although they never graduated from college, knew the value of education and made sacrifices for him to attend school.

After waiting for 13 years, his family uprooted their life and moved to the RGV, and he attended The Science Academy of South Texas to pursue the American dream. He is proud of being from India, and he is proud to be an American. He was able to take advantage of the access to opportunities, and he is here to make sure your ALL children can take advantage of the access to opportunities. He was the first person from his family to attend and graduate from a university. He graduated from UTPA with a degree in chemistry. Raj began his journey with IDEA Public Schools in 2012 at IDEA QUEST College Preparatory as the 11th grade Pre-AP Physics teacher. He soon transitioned to teaching AP Physics and Chemistry and Grade Team leader. Through support and dedication to education, Raj was named the founding Principal for IDEA Los Encinos College Preparatory in 2018. Raj believes in college education as right for ALL children and at IDEA Los Encinos, ALL children will have the right tools and skills necessary to be successful to and through college.

Sheila Flores

Assistant Principal of Operations, IDEA Los Encinos

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

We are excited to announce we are accepting applications for schools across Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Cincinnati. Follow the button below to get the latest and greatest information about our application process, grade levels, and how to find a campus near you.