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Who we are

IDEA Public Schools is a growing network of tuition-free Pre-K to 12th grade public schools serving more than 24,000 students in 44 schools across Texas (San Antonio, Austin, and the Rio Grande Valley).

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Message from Tom & Joann

As we start 2016, we can’t help but feel excited we’ll celebrate our 10th year of 100% college acceptance. Every year we continue to reach new heights, and 2016 will be no different. The new work we’re just beginning continues to eclipse our past accomplishments.

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About Us



IDEA currently consists of 44 tuition-free public schools.



There are nearly 24,000 students attending IDEA.


College Bound

100% of our kids are college bound.

Our Schools

By 2017, IDEA will operate 60 schools in three regions educating tens of thousands of students on their road to and through college.

When we achieve this goal, our schools will prepare the majority of low-income college graduates in the Rio Grande Valley.

By expanding our impact, we will increase the number of low-income college graduates by 50%. This success will change lives, families, and communities across Texas.

San Antonio, Texas

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Austin, Texas

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Rio Grande Valley, Texas

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Road to College

From Pre-Kinder to 12th grade, IDEA Public Schools is focused on sending 100% of our kids to college.


  • Pre-K-2nd

  • 3rd-5th

  • 6th-8th

  • 9th-12th

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