IDEA Rio Grande City

Proudly serving the parents, families and students of Rio Grande City, Texas.

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WHO WE ARE

IDEA Rio Grande City 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.

2017

Year Founded

969

Students Currently Enrolled

Pre-K – 9

Grade Levels

OUR CAMPUS

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IDEA Rio Grande City is located at

2803 West Monarch Lane
Rio Grande City, Texas 78582
(956) 263-4900

Campus Leaders

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Fernando Salinas

Founding Principal, IDEA Rio Grande City

As Founding Principal of IDEA Rio Grande City Academy and College Prep, Fernando will dedicate himself to ensuring that his school reaches the three points of his vision: Achievement, the Arts, and Joy. IDEA Rio Grande City will be a shining beacon for the community, creating a space where students will experience genuine success from hard work and where the staff loves coming to work to create this success.

Fernando is a native of Rio Grande City, graduating from Rio Grande City High School.  He then attended Rice University in Houston, majoring in English and getting his certification to teach.  Upon completing college, Fernando joined Teach For America and taught for two years in Brownsville at Porter High School.  He then joined IDEA Public Schools, believing deeply in the mission set forth to send every student to college.  He then taught 9###sup/sup### grade English at IDEA Quest College Prep for two years, then continued expanding his impact by becoming a teacher recruiter for IDEA.  Afterwards, he became an Assistant Principal of Instruction at the Flagship campus of IDEA in Donna, then a Principal in Residence.  He has been mentored by amazing principals at Donna, Edinburg, and Pharr as a PIR, and will take all that he has learned to Rio Grande City.

Fernando lives in McAllen.  He enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors, and cooking.   

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Matthew Kyle

Principal, IDEA College Prep Mission

Since joining IDEA Public Schools in 2014, Matt has been and continues to be committed to building schools with strong student and staff culture, high expectations for results and a strong sense of community and competition.  He looks to continue this work as he takes on the role of Principal.

Since joining IDEA Public Schools in 2014, Matt has been and continues to be committed to building schools with strong student and staff culture, high expectations for results and a strong sense of community and competition.  He looks to continue this work as he takes on the role of Principal.

A native of Xenia, Ohio, Matt attended a Carroll High School, a private Catholic school with a 98% college acceptance rate at the time. After graduating, Matt attended The Ohio State University where he majored in Economics. During his time in college Matt served as President of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and helped turn a struggling organization into a nationally recognized and awarded fraternity, also receiving individual national recognition as the president or “Grand Master of the Year”. After college, Matt earned his Master’s in Education from Antioch University while also working for the prestigious Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an organization dedicated to reforming education at the national level. These experiences guided Matt’s interest into joining Teach for America, which brought Matt to the Rio Grande Valley. As a Corps Member he taught AP World History at Roma High School and helped re-write the curriculum to align to the AP standards leading to successful results even after he left to join IDEA Public Schools. Matt came to IDEA Pharr after his time in Roma and was the founding AP World History Teacher and as the 10th Grade Team Leader. After leading the district in AP testing results, Matt became an Assistant Principal of Instruction last year and a Principal in Residence this year at IDEA Mission College Prep where he has continued to coach his teachers and prepare IDEA students for college and lifetime success.

Matt currently lives in McAllen, TX with his loving wife, Margie (who also works for IDEA), their daughter Sutton and sons Mykel, Meryk and “baby” John. They are his motivation and drive him to become a better husband, father and servant every day.

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Adulfonso Garcia

Assistant Principal of Operations, IDEA Rio Grande City

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