VIDEO: IDEA High Schools Nationally Recognized by Washington Post


WESLACO, RGV – All of IDEA’s eligible high schools have been ranked among the most challenging high schools in the nation by The Washington Post.

Indeed, five IDEA high schools were ranked in the Top 10 on the 2017 Most Challenging High Schools list.

“We could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication of the students, parents, staff and faculty that are proving what is possible for the nation, here in South Texas,” said Tom Torkelson, CEO and co-founder of IDEA Public Schools.

More than 2,500 public high schools across the country were analyzed by The Washington Post. Specifically, WP analyzed the number of students who participated in Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests in relation to the overall size of the high school’s graduating class. The Washington Post rankings included:

IDEA Frontier – 3rd in the nation
IDEA Mission – 4th in the nation
IDEA San Juan – 5th in the nation
IDEA San Benito – 6th in the nation
IDEA Quest – 9th in the nation
IDEA Donna – 84th in the nation

Torkelson also reported on a recent U.S. News & World Report survey. In the newspaper’s 2017 Best High Schools Rankings, four IDEA College Prep high schools eligible for this year’s rankings were among the top 60 high schools in Texas.

They were:

IDEA Quest – 6th in Texas
IDEA Frontier – 7th in Texas
IDEA Mission – 14th in Texas
IDEA San Juan – 26th in Texas.

“This success is a culmination of the work of our entire IDEA Team & Family. Together, we continue to prove what’s possible for all kids when you foster a culture of academic success for students and ensure they are college-ready,” Torkelson said.