IDEA McAllen

Proudly serving the students and families of McAllen.

Who we are

IDEA McAllen 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.

  • 2012 Year Founded
  • 1686 Students Currently Enrolled
  • K – 12 23-24 Grade Levels

Our Campus

IDEA McAllen is located at:

IDEA McAllen, 201 N. Bentsen Rd., McAllen, TX 78501

201 N. Bentsen Rd.
McAllen, Texas 78501
(956) 429-4100


Campus Leaders

Darlene Espinoza

Principal, IDEA McAllen Academy

Darlene Espinoza is the proud principal for IDEA McAllen Academy. She is currently in her 6th year in the principalship and in her 14th year with IDEA Public Schools. Her goal is to lead a transformational school where adults work relentlessly to build balanced students: students who are academically solid and emotionally intelligent. This approach best positions students to be contributing members of their community and our larger world. Darlene Espinoza resides in McAllen with her husband and three children: Nati, Naya and Niram.

Roberto Garza

Principal, IDEA McAllen College Preparatory

Roberto Garza IV is a proud UT Austin Longhorn who graduated in 2010 with his Bachelors degree in Economics. In 2012 he joined the IDEA Team and Family as the founding 6th grade math teacher for IDEA McAllen College Prep.

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Melinda Villarreal

Assistant Principal of Operations, IDEA McAllen College Preparatory