RIO GRANDE VALLEY (October 4, 2016) – IDEA Public Schools announced today that all students who graduated in its Class of 2016 matriculated to college, with the exception of one student who matriculated to the military and another who is unable to matriculate due to health reasons and is expected to matriculate in the Spring. Since its first graduating class 10 years ago, IDEA has achieved a 99.6% matriculation rate as the district continues to fulfill its unwavering commitment to College For All Children. The school has maintained its near-perfect matriculation rate and has added 51 schools and nearly 30,000 students since 2000—more than any other charter school in the nation during that time period.
The IDEA Class of 2016 was accepted to more than 290 colleges and universities across the nation and received more than $25 million in scholarships. Among the more than 500 students who matriculated to college, nearly 350 of those students are the first members of their family to attend college.
“IDEA is proud to announce ten consecutive years of nearly all graduates matriculating to college, helping to ensure all students embark on the path to and through college,” said JoAnn Gama, IDEA Public Schools president and superintendent. “This accomplishment is a true testament of the collective persistence, focus, and grit of IDEA’s students, families, faculty, and staff. Together, we are committed to fostering and guiding students on their way to college, so that they can be whatever they want to be, no matter the obstacles.”
A 2016 graduate of IDEA College Prep San Juan, Francisco Macossay is attending Brown University this fall. While any student would be proud of this accomplishment, it’s even more remarkable for Francisco. A native of Reynosa, Mexico, Francisco moved to the United States at the age of fourteen. Now, three years later, he’s attending one of this country’s most prestigious institutions. Francisco completed AP Spanish as part of IDEA’s AP for All initiative, and he was one of just 55 students worldwide to receive a perfect score.
“I’m extremely excited about being accepted to Brown because I know it will open up a world of possibilities and my dream is now becoming a reality,” said Francisco of his IDEA experience and his acceptance to Brown.
College for All Children is made possible by the talented staff, innovative programs, and a college-going culture. IDEA’s College Support Model provides students with a wide range of services and support even after they get accepted to college. As a result, IDEA alumni have achieved a college graduation rate five times the national average for low-income students.
“Throughout the year, our staff works hard to ensure each and every IDEA graduate matriculates to college,” said Phillip Garza, IDEA’s Chief College & Diversity Officer. “The college success our students achieve is a result of hard work, dedication and commitment from the entire team and family at IDEA. We have hit our college matriculation goal, and that is certainly something to be proud of this year. If you searched far and wide you would not find another counselor, school or district team driving so intentionally towards this goal and achieving such extraordinary results.”
IDEA’s support for this year’s college-bound graduates will intensify in the months after graduation.