Welcome to IDEA Rio Grande Valley

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Our Impact

Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing family of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States. IDEA serves nearly 29,000 students at 43 schools across the Rio Grande Valley, continues to rank among the best charter schools in the state and nation, and is on track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college. More than 5,000 IDEA alumni are currently attending, or have graduated from, 150 colleges and universities across the country.

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Our tuition-free public schools are open to all students. We will grow to 43 schools in the Upper and Lower Valley in 2019.



We serve Pre-K to 12th grade students at Academy and College Prep campuses.



Since IDEA's first graduating class in 2007, 100% of our seniors have been accepted to colleges and universities nationwide.

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    Personalized Learning
    Through small learning groups and daily access to technology, every student learns at the level and speed just right for them. 

    Expert Teachers
    Our teachers bring subject matter expertise and an unwavering commitment to set each student on a path to success.

    Family Partnership
    Our school is family. Parents, teachers, and administrators work as a team to help each student reach their full potential. 

    Work at IDEA

    We are a looking for hard-working, talented individuals to help make college a reality for all children in the Rio Grande Valley. From the classroom to transportation and everything in between – your work will directly deliver on IDEA’s mission.

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    Regional Leadership

    Cassandra Flores

    Senior Vice President of Schools, RGV


    Lisa Garza

    Area Superintendent, RGV


    Israel Ybarra

    Senior Vice President of Schools, RGV