IDEA’s philosophy: children excel in high school, college, and beyond if they’re fundamentally sound readers, writers, mathematicians, and thinkers. IDEA’s Pre-K program helps ensure every student is prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond.
In the fall of 2018, IDEA will offer Pre-K in the Rio Grande Valley at 17 of its campuses.
IDEA Pre-K Beginnings
Four years ago, IDEA launched its Pre-K program at IDEA Pharr Academy. The mission: Place four-year-olds on the path to success in college and in life with a quality Pre-K program.
“We saw the data from Pre-K at IDEA Pharr Academy explode—kids were responding,” Dolores Gonzalez, IDEA’s Chief Program Officer, said about the pilot. “They were beginning to learn the building blocks of literacy at four years old.”
What Makes IDEA’s Pre-K Program Special?
Pre-K at IDEA is all about personalized learning. Students learn in small groups, at the level and speed that is just right for them. As our youngest scholars learn the fundamentals of reading, language, and mathematics, they’re also working on character development and the culture of becoming a diligent student.
An IDEA Pre-K classroom is a great place to learn and grow. Our dedicated teachers track each student’s progress and match instruction to meet their specific needs. Also, our students have fun learning as they start on the road to success in college and in life! Our approach is different – and it works!
- Personalized Learning: Through small learning groups, every student learns at the level and speed just right for them.
- Expert Teachers: IDEA’s teachers bring reading, math, language, and science expertise and an unwavering commitment to set each student on a path to success.
- Family Partnership: At IDEA, school is family. Parents, teachers, and administrators work as a team to help each student reach their full potential.
Why Half Day?
At four years old, students are just learning how to be a student—asking questions, absorbing instruction, and cooperating with others. IDEA’s Pre-K program is half-day and gradually increases the needed length of attention-span, so that, little-by-little, your child develops the tools to engage with the material they’re exposed to, apply the knowledge they’ve acquired, and learn to work independently as they become ready for a full day of instruction as a kindergartener.
Future College Graduates
IDEA’s high-quality teachers are committed to building character and academics for each and every student. Even in Pre-K, IDEA instills in them the expectation that they will go to college. This expectation is woven in the fabric of everything IDEA teachers and leaders say and do.
IDEA pre-kindergarteners aren’t just talking about college—they’re preparing for it. The early years of education are some of the most important for students. A lack of a solid foundation can lead to children falling behind later in their academic career, but IDEA’s Pre-K program ensures your child develops the tools to start kindergarten strong and grow each year in school.
Today, IDEA operates 35 schools serving more than 23,600 students in grades Pre-K-12 across the Rio Grande Valley. Each IDEA student is preparing for success in and after college, and IDEA staff and families work together to ensure 100% college acceptance, matriculation, and—eventually— graduation. Your child can start on the path to college now. Limited spots are available.
Learn more about Pre-K at IDEA on our website and apply before our lottery on January 27!