Session Date & Time
February 6, 2016

IDEA Public Schools: A Case Study in Creating a Culture and Community Focused on to and Through College

Fifteen years ago, IDEA Public Schools was just that: an idea. Set against the Mexican border in the Rio Grande Valley community, the idea of building a school where every single child engaged in a college preparatory curriculum and gained access to higher education and greater opportunities was born. Today, a network of 44 schools serving 24,000 students has grown out of that idea. In this case study, members of the IDEA community will reflect on the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned related to their mission: to become the single largest producer of low-income college graduates in the state of Texas by creating a college bound culture in Pre-K-12 schools supported by a rigorous curriculum and a robust alumni support model.