Two new IDEA charter schools kick off school year, and third campus on the way

IDEA Rio Vista Campus

IDEA is about to welcome over 1,000 students into its two new campuses, one in Socorro and one on the far east side of El Paso.

Groundbreaking for a west location is right around the corner.

Ernesto Cantu, the executive director of IDEA School, said ”We're going to open20 schools by 2023. In fact, we already have our site. It's called IDEA Mesa Hills.”

Construction on the new campus starts next month.

CBS4 had the opportunity to check out the Socorro campus this week.

Cantu says he's happy to have kicked off campuses in the far side of town because east El Paso keeps growing.

Both IDEA charter schools won’t open until Monday, but the staff is prepared to start talking to kids about the future as soon as they walk through the doors.

“We have a very strong college success team where their whole job is to make sure kids get into college,” says Cantu.

IDEA has had 100% of its kids accepted into college over the past12 years.

IDEA has 79 charter schools with 46,000 students in different parts of Texas and Louisiana.

“We're starting with Pre-K, K, first and second grade and we also have sixth grade,” says Cantu.

Canutu says this location was ideal as a jumping-off point because it's always growing.

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Cantu says they have a rigorous curriculum to help kids be better prepared for college, and all their high school students are all required to take advanced placement or AP courses.

“If you come to our schools you'll have AP Biology, AP World History, AP US History,” says Cantu.

He goes on to say, “imagine the power of having a pre-k student starting with us, listening and hearing about college and what it takes to be in college.”

He says the 13 years of rigorous instruction will have students prepared for their future.

Cantu says there are still some openings for pre-K and first and sixth grade at both campuses.

To register, you can visit any of the two campuses or just visit them online.

IDEA Rio Vista: 210 N Rio Vista Rd, Socorro, TX 79927 or call (915) 259-4109

IDEA Edgmere: 15101 Edgemere Blvd, El Paso, TX 79938 or call (915) 444-0200

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