IDEA Public Schools

Academics & Activities

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 24 schools serving about 14,000 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 2018-19 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 thirteen 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. 

IDEA’s Pre-K program consists 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. 30% of the Class of 2018 were AP scholars, which means these students earned credit for at least three college courses before graduating high school. 

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

Notable Achievements

 IDEA is focused on serving students who are often the first in their family to attend college (more than 2/3 of graduates) with 100% of all students receiving free or reduced-price meals. 

IDEA Public Schools received a ‘B’ rating from the TEA for the 2018-19 school year.

It also received a rating of 97% for college, career, and military readiness compared to 65% statewide. 

IDEA Public Schools had its first San Antonio graduating class in 2019. 100% of IDEA Carver College Preparatory graduates were accepted to college.  These schools included local universities such as St. Mary’s University and the University of the Incarnate Word as well as prestigious military academies including the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Naval Academy.