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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
IDEA Frontier College Preparatory is an above average, public, charter school located in Brownsville, TX. It has 781 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
2800 S Dakota Ave
Brownsville, TX 78521

IDEA Frontier College Preparatory Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1050
125 responses
Average ACT
23
193 responses
AP Enrollment
100%
Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$36,095
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$683
National
$949
Median Home Value
$82,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • College Signing Day
    36%
  • College visits
    26%
  • Field Lessons where we travel & visit universities
    26%
  • My favorite events at school are our Pep-rallies.
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
781
Free or Reduced Lunch
90%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
43.4%
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
48%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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Idea offers the IB curriculum, thus if you are looking for a more rigorous education that could potentially give you college credit, this school offers. Overall, academic wise, Idea tends to stay strong in its stats and is very well at living up to its name. "College Preparatory". Teachers here, for the most part, are very passionate and creative in their structure(Im speaking High School here). The community is very uplifting and feels like family. However, this school is not diverse in its athletics, clubs, or classes. The classes are chosen for a student, and every student for that grade receives the same classes, except for a few electives here and there. Students there almost always leave school with homework, even on weekdays. Especially in high school. It is a very time consuming commitment. All in all, Idea is a good choice.
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I came to Idea in 9th grade and it has completely changed my life. I would not consider myself a top student, but Idea makes me a top student. It is a school that believes in their core values, and sets up success for all of their students. They make sure that all of their students are on track to go to and through college. Their staff and teachers are committed to what they love, which is education. There is a reason students at Idea have a high success rate, it is because of the dedication and love for education and for college. Idea is dominating expectations and statistics in the valley.
IDEA Frontier College Preparatory is good school, although sometimes I felt otherwise due to the rigorous curriculum . The classes I took not only helped me meet educational needs, I also obtained time knowledge skills that will better prepare my future demands. These demands include time management and responsibilities to help me better prepare for future challenges. It may sound like a cliche, but I wouldn't change anything about my IDEA experience . That being said , perhaps a little bit more variety might be something that would add a different dimension to learning, similar to public school curriculums . The students would have exposure to a diverse learning experiences and that may or may not be something worth while.