IDEA University Prep 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.
The Special Programs team provides resources, training, and support for all campuses that service students who are English Language Learners (ELL) and/or receive 504, Homebound, Dyslexia, or Special Education services. Additionally, we provide resources, training, and support for the Response to Intervention (RtI) process and for campuses that service students who receive a specialized remedial curriculum for additional academic support.Special Programs at IDEA
Crystal Forté is originally from Houston Texas, where she received her Bachelor’s in English/Education and Masters in Educational Leadership/Principalship from the University of Houston. Ms. Forté believes she was called to education at a young age as even in her teens, she was always looking for opportunities to spend her evenings and breaks volunteering and working with younger children in the inner-city communities around Houston.
Ms. Forté began teaching High School English I & II the month after she graduated from College. As an English teacher she taught Mainstream, Pre-AP and Inclusion for eight years. For these eight years, Ms. Forté led her campus with the highest scores in the district on the state assessments with scores of 95% and above at the Commended level. As a result, Ms. Forté was called on to sit on the curriculum writing committee for English I & II for the district. During this time, Ms. Forte’ has also partnered with Rice University to lead summer workshops to close reading and writing gaps for middle and high school students. Upon completing her Masters, Ms. Forté began her journey of fulfilling this passion as she went on to serve in the inner cities of Houston as an Intervention and Instructional Specialist, before ultimately stepping into the role of Assistant Principal. As an Assistant Principal, Ms. Forté lead her campus in securing double digit gains in all four content areas in standardized testing and increasing graduation rates each year through targeted instructional design, programming, and coaching. Still wanting to do more, she joined IDEA Public Schools and moved to her new home in Baton Rouge in 2019. Ms. Forté defines this as one the best decisions that she ever made. Ms. Forté aligns her role of Principal to a position of service. She is filled with excitement, pride, humility and drive to serve her community and families in this capacity. She is excited to joins hands with the University Prep family in providing a World Class Educational Experience in which Excellence is the standard and students will be Empowered, Inspired and Nurtured daily to become Critical and Innovative Thinkers in the school environment and society at large.Continue Reading