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IDEA Frontier in Brownsville Ranks as Best High School in RGV by U.S. News and World Report

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For the 11th consecutive year, IDEA college preparatory schools in the Rio Grande Valley were ranked among the best performing high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Earning the top spot of schools in the Rio Grande Valley is IDEA Frontier in Brownsville, which ranked also ranked as the 15thbest school in the state of Texas, and among the top 10 charter schools in the state.

“While these rankings pertain to high schools, the success would not be possible without a strong foundation at the academy and middle school level,” says JoAnn Gama, Co-Founder, President and Superintendent of IDEA Public Schools. “We congratulate each of these schools and applaud our teachers and students for their commitment to excellence.”

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According to U.S. News & World Report, the 2019 Best High Schools rankings take a more holistic approach to evaluating schools, looking at six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. Specifically, college readiness measures participation and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. The new methodology assigns weights to the six factors and then produces an overall score on which the ranking is based.  

In U.S. News & World Report’s2019 ranking of best high schools in the nation released this week, a total of eight IDEA high schools received rankings on the list. More than 17,000 public high schools across the country were analyzed in order to determine the rankings. 

The IDEA Public Schools’ high schools that received a ranking as a 2019 Best High School from U.S. News & World Report include:

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IDEA Frontier College Preparatory – 15th in Texas, The Top-Ranked High Schools in the RGV, Top 20 high schools in Texas, Top 10 Charter School in Texas

IDEA Quest College Preparatory – 16thin Texas, Top 10 Charter School in Texas, Top 20 high schools in Texas

IDEA College Preparatory San Juan – 24thin Texas, Top 50 high schools in Texas

IDEA College Preparatory Mission – 54thin Texas

IDEA College Preparatory Donna – 59thin Texas

IDEA College Preparatory San Benito – 79thin Texas 

IDEA College Preparatory Pharr – Top 25% of charter schools in the nation 

IDEA College Preparatory Alamo – Top 25% of charter schools in the nation

“We are extremely humbled and honored to share this accolade with our students, parents, teachers and staff. This recognition not only validates the tireless commitment and dedication of our students and teachers but affirms our belief that hard work and persistence has its rewards,” says Yadhira Flores, Principal of IDEA Frontier College Preparatory. “We are grateful for the trust our Frontier families have bestowed upon us and will continue to work hard to fulfill our promise of College For All.”To learn more about IDEA Public Schools, or for assistance setting up interviews, contact Marco Carbajal, Regional Communications Manager at marco.carbajal@ideapublicschools.org, or (956) 272-4392.

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