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Event Details: College Signing Day 2017!

College Signing Day Event Schedule

This week, IDEA seniors—674 to be exact—will celebrate their commitment to college at our annual College Signing Day events.  Nearly 18,000 spectators will fill the State Farm Arena throughout the week as each student, one by one, reveals where they will attend college this fall.

·       On April 26, students from IDEA Mission, IDEA Quest, and IDEA Toros will celebrate their acceptances to the colleges and universities of their choice.

·       On April 27, students from IDEA San Juan, IDEA San Benito, and IDEA Frontier will share where they, too, will be going to college.

·       And on April 28, we will end the week as students from IDEA Donna, IDEA Alamo, and IDEA Pharr commit to 4 years at their respective college choice.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017, who was accepted to more than 320 colleges and universities across the nation and has continued IDEA’s legacy of 100% college acceptance for the 11th year!

IDEA Public Schools believes that college will be a reality for all children. IDEA ensures their students have what it takes to get into college, and then gives them what they need to graduate from college. Students who attend top colleges and universities, Tier One and Two, are statistically more likely to graduate and receive advanced degrees. IDEA has deliberately focused its curriculum and college support services to get more of its graduates into these institutions. The increase in IDEA students accepted to Tier One and Two colleges is a direct reflection of IDEA’s commitment to offer students access to all the opportunities of the most elite public and private high schools.

Six hundred seventy-three seniors will celebrate their own success stories at IDEA’s College Signing Day event, including many seniors who have been accepted to Ivy League colleges and universities.

Michael Mireles: Michael will enter the Medical Program at Brown University in the fall of 2017 after graduating from IDEA Quest College Prep in Edinburg, TX. He came to IDEA in 6###sup/sup### grade and has been preparing every day since then to be the first member of his family to attend college.

Michael says, “IDEA has pushed me to achieve so many great things. Through hard work and dedication, I have been named a Bezos Scholar, founded the South Texas Ideas Festival, and was accepted to an Ivy League university. I’ve never felt more proud of who I am and the things I’ve done.”

Luis Flores: Luis celebrated his acceptance to Columbia University with his classmates, teachers, and family. Luis will be a first-generation college student and will graduate as an AP Scholar with Distinction in the top 10% of his class. He is also co-leading the United for Success Program, where he is committed to helping fellow low-income students at sister campus, IDEA Riverview.

“I’m proud of the way I grew up,” said Luis Flores, a senior at IDEA Frontier. “College Signing Day is not only a day for me to celebrate my acceptance to Columbia with my peers, teachers, and family, but to show other students that going to an Ivy League school is possible if they set their minds to it.”

Genesis Velazquez: Genesis, a senior at IDEA Alamo, announced her choice to attend Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college in Decatur, Georgia. Genesis, who like her peers, will also be the first in her family to go to college. While her mother worked long hours, Genesis grew up babysitting her younger autistic brother/sister, but stayed committed to her studies.

“During my time at IDEA, I embraced the core value No Excuses,” said Genesis. “No matter what I was challenges faced, my teachers and peers always pushed me to do my best work. It’s because of the core values like No Excuses and Whatever It Takes that I will be the first in my family to go to college.”

Visit to view the livestream of College Signing Day events on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am CST.

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