In 2014, IDEA launched a Pre-K pilot program at IDEA Academy Pharr. The goal? To provide the foundational tools students need to succeed in every year of school. The results were encouraging. Our youngest learners were building a strong foundation in reading, language, and mathematics.
Beyond fundamental instruction in reading, language, and math, our Pre-K curriculum also includes science lessons, field trips, and activities that promote the development of problem-solving and social skills. It’s a half-day program that lends itself to small, intimate learning groups with no more than 10 students per group. This allows teachers to devote plenty of personalized attention to each student, and also provide opportunities for re-teaching when needed.
In 2016, network-wide, ninety-four percent of IDEA Pre-K scholars ended the year learning within the kindergarten curriculum. That means ninety-four percent of this year’s kindergartners at IDEA started the year ahead of the game in reading, writing, and math. In the fall of 2017, IDEA will expand Pre-K to 22 of its campuses across the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.
Attention Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio parents! Your child can start strong in school as an IDEA Pre-K student. Enroll today.
We sat down to chat with IDEA Pre-K parent, Mrs. Nino, about the progress of her daughter, Yaime. Yaime is currently enrolled in Pre-K at IDEA Academy Alamo. The Ninos live in Donna, Texas. This is their first year with IDEA Public Schools.
How has Yaime’s first year in school been going at IDEA Academy Alamo?
Mrs. Nino: “Really great. She is learning all the basics of being an amazing student. Yaime can’t wait for kindergarten.”
What does Yaime love most about being in her Pre-K program?
Mrs. Nino: “The fact that she is having so much fun learning—that means a lot. I love that IDEA makes learning fun.”
Can you share a little more about what Yaime is learning in her class?
Mrs. Nino: “Well, first it was how to just be a good student. She learned her name, and how to sit tall and pay attention. But now, she’s learning her numbers and letters.”
Has Yaime fostered a strong relationship with her teachers?
Mrs. Nino: “Yes, very much so. Ms. Amaya, Yaime’s teacher, really cares about her students.”
Do you feel that a half-day Pre-K program is the right amount of time for Yaime to be in school?
Mrs. Nino: “At 4 years old, half-day is just right for her.”
Do you feel IDEA Public Schools is the right place for your daughter to learn and grow?
Mrs Nino: “Yes, we definitely made the right decision enrolling Yaime at IDEA for Pre-K. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for her. She’s starting strong, and enjoying it.”
Limited Pre-K spots are available at IDEA Public Schools. Enroll your child today.