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Welcome to IDEA McAllen



FOUNDED
2012

LOCATION
201 N. Bentsen Rd.
McAllen, Texas 78501

GRADES SERVED
Pre-K - 11

ENROLLMENT
1548

Campus Leadership

Darlene Espinoza

PRINCIPAL, IDEA MCALLEN ACADEMY

darlene.espinoza@ideapublicschools.org

Joán Alvarez

PRINCIPAL, IDEA MCALLEN COLLEGE PREP

In 2001, Joán Sotero Alvarez graduated at the top of his class from Progreso High School. In 2004, he earned his Bachelor degree and English teaching certification, becoming a first generation college graduate. He taught two successful...

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joan.alvarez@ideapublicschools.org

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that use open-enrollment policies and innovative curricula to improve student learning for all types of children.





They receive approximately 75% of their funding from state and federal funds compared to traditional public schools, which typically receive 100% of their funding from these sources. The charter school movement has established a new form of accountability for public schools.

In Texas, charter schools operate under the direction of an appointed (not elected) board of directors.

These schools also have more flexibility in personnel decisions and have the abilitiy to offer services that set them apart from traditional public schools, such as a strong focus on college preparation.

Find out more about charter schools from the Texas Charter Schools Association.