Welcome to IDEA Tarrant County

Whole Child Focus. 100% College Bound.

Four reasons parents love IDEA TARRANT COUNTY

1) College-Prep Academic Model. Through structured, challenging coursework, IDEA Public Schools focuses on college preparation for all children. In fact, we are on track to send 100% of our seniors to college for the 14th straight year.

2) A Technology Device For Every Student. We provide personal technology devices to all IDEA scholars. Scholars can expect the following depending on their grade level: Chromebook Tablet, Chromebook Laptop, or Dell Laptop. 

3) We Are Open To All Students. We are a tuition-free public school option in neighborhoods across the county. We accept applications from all students, regardless of where they live, their academic standing, their income, and ability level.

4) Highly Trained & Experienced Teachers. When COVID-19 forced distance learning across the country last spring, IDEA teachers rose to the occasion and maintained contact with nearly 100% of their students. We’re prepared to make even stronger virtual connections this year. 

Find an IDEA campus in Tarrant County near you!

We serve grades K through 9, more than 1,300 college-bound students in 8 schools across Tarrant County. We are on track to maintain our legacy of sending 100% of our graduates to college.

Our Community Partners



Our tuition-free public schools are open to all students. We will grow to 8 schools in 2021, serving Tarrant County



In 2021, we will serve a total of 3,170 students between our 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.


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.


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

Apply Now for the 2022-2023 School Year

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.

Regional Leadership

Dr. Dionel C. Waters

Executive Director, Tarrant County


Nathan Jacobs

Regional Director of Operations, Tarrant County