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  1. Academics
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  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
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IDEA McAllen College Preparatory is a highly rated, public, charter school located in Mcallen, TX. It has 490 students in grades 6-9 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 94% in reading.
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Address
201 N Bentsen Rd
Mcallen, TX 78501
Telephone
(956) 429-4100
Website

IDEA McAllen College Preparatory Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$45,568
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$739
National
$949
Median Home Value
$117,500
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
490
Free or Reduced Lunch
88%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$25,167
Teachers in First/Second Year
64%
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IDEA McAllen is a campus that has formed a culture like no other. The principal, Joan Alvarez knows what it’s like to make it to college and has enstilled that same drive in his students from a young age. This campus never fails to outperform academically. However, with every great effort is a great sacrifice—it’s student body culture and spirit. With all these expectations and heavy responsibilities of a college prep. student it leaves very little room for student involvement throught the campus. This was a very major problem to me as a student and even as a Senior. The administration’s presence feels overwhelming and at times unreasonable with subtle aspects of a high school such as lunch, transitions between classes, and class registration. Do not let the cons discourage you if academics are a top priority, nevertheless keep in mind what is written above, both positive and negative. I hope you can find my insight useful.
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I really appreciate how focus our school administration in in sending all of us to college and how the teachers truly care their students. Additionally, the school administrations is truly involved in their job and work hard to ensure that we have the best resources possible and that we take the best courses we can take. Moreover, the Idea culture is always present and we are always reminded that we represent our school wherever we go, therefore, we need to be on our best behavior and be kind towards others at all times. We really feel like a family. However, while the administration cares about their students, they seem to put too much importance in titles and awards which leads them to put too much pressure in both students and teachers.
What I really enjoy about IDEA McAllen is that the school and the teachers have shown through their hard work and actions that they really do care about the students. I appreciate the fact on how they are offering us so many resources for us to be ready for college and be preparing for us for what we may have to experience in college. What I would like to change is to not allow teachers to assign homework to the students on Wednesdays because it is usually the day where religious students (mostlly Christian or Catholic) would have to take religious classes or CCDs or to be prepared in receiving the sacraments.