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IDEA Public Schools’ High Schools Ranked Among Best in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report



Great news has just rolled in at IDEA Public Schools!

Today, several of IDEA’s college preparatory schools were ranked among the best performing high schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. This is the ninth consecutive year IDEA has been represented in the annual list of rankings, reflecting the rigor and success of our college-going culture.

In U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of best high schools in the nation, 4 of IDEA Public Schools high schools received a gold medal ranking for college readiness and high rankings on the list.  More than 22,000 public high schools across the country were analyzed in order to determine the rankings.

To calculate their list of the top performing public schools in the nation, U.S. News and World Report examined college-readiness data based on a methodology that incorporates performance on state proficiency tests, participation in and performance on challenging college-level coursework, and other data, such as graduation rates.

The IDEA Public Schools’ high schools that received a Gold or Silver Medal ranking from U.S. News and World Report include:

  •  IDEA Quest College Preparatory –  43rd National Gold Medal (6th in Texas),
  • IDEA Frontier College Preparatory – 55th National Gold Medal (7th in Texas),
  • IDEA College Preparatory Mission – 93rd National Gold Medal (14th in Texas),
  • IDEA College Preparatory San Juan – 140th National Gold Medal (26th in Texas),
  • IDEA College Preparatory San Benito – 503rd National Gold Medal (66th in Texas),
  • IDEA College Preparatory Donna – 1,676th National Gold Medal (159th in Texas),

The rankings reflect IDEA’s unique College Success Model – an integrated mix of classes, activities, and events that include individualized instruction at the Academy level, pre-AP courses starting in 6th, and a full complement of college counseling, workshops, and college campus experiences throughout high school.

“Now, more than ever, IDEA is committed to ensuring we have the right people, academic programs, and systems in place for the 30,000 students we serve across the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Austin,” said Tom Torkelson, CEO of IDEA Public Schools. “With our continued dedication to rigorous coursework and emphasis on college matriculation, we know that our students will graduate IDEA ready for college and beyond. We couldn’t be more proud to have our schools in the Rio Grande Valley ranked on this list, among the best high schools in the nation.”

Limited spots are available at IDEA’s nationally-renowned schools.  Enroll your child today!

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