IDEA Public Schools



IDEA Public Schools prepares students from underserved communities for success in college and citizenship.



To ensure the state of Texas reaches its fullest potential, IDEA Public Schools will become the region’s largest creator of college graduates.



From the very beginning, IDEA Public Schools has focused on raising the achievement levels and expectations of students who are underserved so they have an opportunity to attend and succeed in college. In 1998, Teach For America recruits Tom Torkelson and JoAnn Gama were working with the Donna Independent School District when they realized and became concerned about a lack of resources present in their community compared to schools in more affluent communities. Working alongside families and students, they created a framework for student success built on discipline, hard work, and a commitment to excellence; the IDEA Academy after-school program was born. Initially serving only 75 students in fourth and fifth grade, the program was immediately successful. This led the Texas Education Agency to grant a charter in the spring of 2000 to the IDEA Academy to help establish the program as an independent, statesponsored public school. The IDEA Academy has since grown into the IDEA Public Schools system, which operates primary and secondary campuses in multiple locations around the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Austin. IDEA Public Schools recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary and continues to expand. IDEA Public Schools is fully committed to graduating 100% of its students and matriculating 100% of its students into a four-year college or university.

Additional Information

Cafeteria B/L/D/S B/L

Transportation Services No

Charter Type N/A

Year Established 2000

Performance Score N/A

Managing Organization IDEA Public Schools

Grades Taught PreK-12

Total Enrollment 36,000

Total Faculty 3,600


1500 North Airway Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815

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