Hard Work, Together at IDEA Public Schools

We work hard, so do our students, and together we’ve achieved impressive results. 

As part of the IDEA 55, a collection of essential rules we use in class and at home, IDEA 3 is: “Congratulate a classmate, and clap like you mean it.”  Well, we want to take this time and congratulate all of our scholars and staff for their hard work every day.  Check out what we’ve been able to accomplish in the pursuit of success in college and in life for all children.


IDEA’s Class of 2017 achieved unprecedented college success this year. Everyone was accepted to at least one college - making this the eleventh consecutive year in which IDEA has achieved 100% college acceptances. Additionally, 99.6% of students matriculated to college this fall.

What’s more, IDEA Public Schools achieved a record number of admissions into Ivy League and top colleges and universities—more than in any previous year dating back to our first graduating class in 2007. These included acceptances to Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania.


In U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools Rankings - 2017, four IDEA College Prep high schools eligible for this year’s rankings were among the top 30 in Texas:

IDEA Quest- 6th in Texas

IDEA Frontier- 7th in Texas

IDEA Mission- 14th in Texas

IDEA San Juan- 26th in Texas

The same four IDEA high schools were awarded gold medals given to the top 500 schools (top 3%) in the nation based on highest college readiness. Additionally, IDEA San Benito was ranked 66th in Texas, and IDEA Donna was ranked 159th in Texas. Both campuses received silver medals, and IDEA Alamo received a bronze medal.


In the latest rankings of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post, five IDEA high schools were ranked the Top 25 Most Challenging in the Nation:

IDEA Frontier – 6th in the nation,

IDEA San Juan – 10th in the nation,

IDEA Mission – 12th in the nation,

IDEA San Benito – 13th in the nation,

IDEA Quest – 21st in the nation,

IDEA Donna – 90th in the nation.

More than 2,900 public high schools across the country were analyzed in order to determine this ranking.  Specifically, The Washington Post analyzed the number of students who participated in Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests, and compared this number to the overall size of the high schools’ graduating class.


Fatima Gomez, a founding student at IDEA Tres Lagos College Preparatory, is proud to be part of the IDEA Team & Family.  “Here at IDEA, my classmates and I are what we like to call, ‘college ready,’” Fatima said.  “Yes, I might only be in 6th grade, but I have a plan, and IDEA will help me get there. When I graduate from high school in 2024, I want to go to Stanford University and study to be a music teacher.”

Like Fatima, Emily Cadavez is also a founding student at another IDEA Campus, IDEA Rio Grande City.  While Emily’s career aspirations are different than Fatima’s (Emily thinks she wants to be a leader, perhaps in politics, but is still exploring her options), her academic curiosity and commitment to college are just as strong.  “IDEA welcomes each student to learn the knowledge and skills as we prepare for our college education,” she said.  “Every day is challenging for each of us. Our teachers teach us to strategize, and we expand our knowledge without limits.”

Fatima, Emily, and every student we serve are the reason we work so hard to achieve great results.  We want to serve your child on the road to success in college and in life.      

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