Award Year: 2018

IDEA Mission Academy

1600 South Schuerbach Road
Mission, TX, 78572-1217

(956) 583-8315

Ms. Christina Mae Cavazos-Escamilla, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School, Title I School

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Rewriting the story of underprivileged communities by creating a positive learning environment that equips students with the academic, social, and leadership skills that are required to succeed in college and the global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic: 96%
  • Asian: 1%
  • ELL: 50%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 90%
Students applying mathematical standards to manage their financial resources effectively

Students applying mathematical standards to manage their financial resources effectively

IDEA Academy Mission (IA Mission) is a pre-Kindergarten to 5th Grade, Title I elementary school serving 905 students located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. IA Mission is located in the small, primarily Hispanic, low-income community of Mission, Texas, situated about three miles from the United States-Mexico border. More than 95% of students are Mexican-American or Mexican Nationals and 100% are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.

IA Mission was founded in 2008 on the belief that, when the adults in the system get it right, every child, regardless of circumstance, should receive a high-quality education that prepares them for success in college and citizenship. To that end, IA Mission campus leaders hold each of its 55+ staff members accountable to meeting ambitious goals that drive student learning outcomes and boost academic achievement. With a relentless focus on college, the carefully curated elementary program moves students from teacher-led instruction to a student-driven program while enhancing the individualization of instruction with technology-assisted learning, character education, and extra- and co-curricular activities. The ultimate goal is to design and implement a model that gets students on-grade level in order to lead them to college preparedness.

At IA Mission, there is a "No Excuses" motto for all - beginning with the adults. To this end, 100% of teachers, co-teachers, and administrators convene to discuss student mastery on a daily basis. Staff are expected to show student work that represents the most common misconceptions or errors identified in the student learning. Using this evidenced-based approach, teachers reflect on any actions that may have contributed to those challenges, and develop a re-teach plan to correct the errors for the next day. At this daily meeting, other staff members, often teachers, offer suggestions to their colleagues. This structure is one of the most effective accountability and support structures at IA Mission. This system ensures each student is accounted for daily and that administrators, teachers, and colleagues are made aware of the staff and students who may need additional support to meet their ambitious goals.