About IDEA

IDEA Public Schools is a growing network of tuition-free, open enrollment, public charter schools serving grades Pre-K through 12. In San Antonio, IDEA operates 20 schools serving 9,000 students. The longer IDEA schools are in existence, the bigger the wait lists become. Overall, three students applied for every one available seat at IDEA schools in San Antonio for the 2017-18 school year. IDEA is committed to developing students with the academic, social, and leadership characteristics needed to apply, matriculate, and succeed in a four-year college or university. IDEA’s battle cry is “College for all children – No excuses!” For eleven years in a row 100% of IDEA graduates have been accepted to college and have graduated at a rate three times the national average for students from low-income backgrounds.

School Locations (Grades Served 2017-2018)

Notable Achievements

Stanford University recently found that students at IDEA Public Schools receive, on average, 74 additional days of learning in math and reading annually compared to their peers at traditional public schools.

Only 13 schools in all of San Antonio earned all possible distinctions for their school for the 2017 State Accountability Ratings and four were IDEA College Prep campuses.

On the 2017 A-F Accountability Ratings System IDEA Public Schools earned three A’s (Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness) and one B (Student Achievement).

US News and World Report ranked four of the eligible IDEA College Prep high schools among the top 30 in Texas, with the other two eligible schools ranked in the top 200. The Washington Post’s latest ranking of ‘America’s Most Challenging High Schools’ ranks all six of IDEA’s eligible high schools in the top 200 nationwide, and in the top 50 in Texas.

IDEA Public Schools won the 2016 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, an annual award that recognized the top high-performing charter networks across the nation.

Academics & Activities

IDEA's Pre-K program is comprised of small, intimate learning groups with no more than ten students per group.

The IDEA Academy (K-5) curriculum includes a hybrid-learning model, which provides students with a combination of individual instruction and web-based, adaptive support.

Beginning in third grade, IDEA students attend college field lessons. These lessons expose students to college and university campuses, museums, and historical sites.

The IDEA College Prep (6-12) curriculum focuses on college preparation across all subjects. The primary goal of IDEA’s college-readiness efforts is for every student to enter the first year of college without requiring remedial courses.

IDEA high school students will take at least 11 Advanced Placement (AP) courses before graduation. 26% of the Class of 2017 were AP scholars, which means these students earned credit for at least three college courses before graduating high school. In addition, 20% earned International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas.

Each IDEA school sponsors a variety of student activities, including chess, basketball, soccer, robotics, Student Council, and newspaper.