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WHO WE ARE

IDEA Public Schools believes that each and every child can go to college. Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States.

IDEA Public Schools boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves more than 53,000 college-bound students in 96 schools across Texas and Southern Louisiana and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that thrives on the engagement of our alumni and community members as well as the financial support of advocates, donors, foundations, and friends of IDEA.

Every student, teacher and staff member at IDEA Public Schools uses the core values to guide our actions and decisions:

NO EXCUSES
We control our destiny. What we do during the day matters more than poverty, parent education level, or other external factors. When the adults in the system get it right, our students are successful. Conversely, when our students fail, we don’t blame unsupportive parents, parent education level, or other external factors: we look in the mirror and take responsibility.
WHATEVER IT TAKES
Through continuous improvement, we achieve ambitious results. Those most successful at IDEA seek feedback, analyze data, identify root causes, and implement solutions.
100% EVERY DAY
Our mission and goals apply to 100% of our students, 100% of the time. Creating opportunities that did not previously exist is not easy, and it requires that people give their best every day.
SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF
The difference between excellence and mediocrity lies in paying attention and caring about the countless details that go into effective execution.
TEAM AND FAMILY
As the source of strength for our organization, we are committed to attracting and developing high caliber people.
CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
Closing the achievement gap and ensuring college success is the best way to help our students succeed in life, contribute to their communities, and overcome the obstacles they face. Achieving this requires all of our core values to be functioning together.
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