Expansion & Growth
IDEA Public Schools is headed to Tarrant County, where they will open 4 schools in 2019. Led by Ana Martinez, executive director and respected educational leader, IDEA looks to work together with both high-performing charter schools and public independent school districts to continue the mission of offering quality school choice for children in the Fort Worth, Texas area.
About Charter Schools
IDEA is a public charter school. Public charter schools are independently operated public schools, funded partially by the state and local school district. They’re granted greater freedom in operations, in return for higher performance goals and academic results specified in their contract, or “charter,” made and agreed upon by school leaders and district officials.
Like all public charter schools, IDEA receives state and local funding and is held fully accountable to the same accountability measures as traditional district schools. IDEA will receive funding from a number of federal, state, and local government agencies as well as from private and public foundations and individual philanthropists whose investments illustrate their support for IDEA’s mission.
IDEA will join several other highly-successful charter school systems in Tarrant County, including KIPP Dallas Fort Worth and Harmony Public Schools.
About Ana Martinez
Ana Martinez most recently served as Executive Director of Midwest Regional Programs at New Leaders, where she worked with school systems to create successful program design and leadership development from teachers to principal supervisors, managed regional program implementation and student achievement, and served more than 100 school leaders at multiple schools throughout Chicago.
Before becoming the Executive Director of Midwest Regional Programs, Ana also served as Founding Principal of Rowe Elementary School in Chicago, Regional Director of Talent Recruitment for Teach For America (TFA), a Program Director for Teacher For America across Miami-Dade public schools , and spent four years in the classroom as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher in Los Angeles, California, where she taught all core lessons in both Spanish and English.
As an immigrant child of a single mother and first in her family to go to and graduate from college, Ana deeply understands the importance and value of education. She is ready to engage with the Tarrant County community, find and develop school sites, and recruit top-notch principals and educators for future IDEA Tarrant County schools. She looks forward to developing community relationships and partnerships that will enable IDEA to effectively provide a high-quality education to students in Tarrant County as they progress along the road to and through college.
About IDEA Public Schools
IDEA has ensured every graduating senior has been accepted to college for eleven years in a row, and hopes to make it twelve years this Spring. This is a tremendous source of pride for the charter school family, and IDEA knows that college preparedness starts as early as Pre-K.
IDEA believes a quality Pre-K – 12 public education is the key to success in college and life and is 100% committed to helping every student achieve their own success. IDEA sets high expectations for every student and goes the extra mile to make sure every student realizes their own potential. Personalized learning, critical thinking skills, mastery of core subjects and continued support through college is IDEA’s recipe for success.
IDEA also partners with communities to improve the health and wellbeing of whole families. Through their Healthy Kids Here program, IDEA is committed to offering well-balanced, farm fresh and nutritious meals to every student and encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.
IDEA cannot wait to begin educating scholars in Tarrant County in 2019 and contribute to the rich and diverse educational environment in the Fort Worth area.