IDEA Lakeland

We are thrilled to be welcoming IDEA schools to Lakeland for the 2024-2025 academic year! IDEA Public Schools offer students personalized learning, critical thinking skills, and mastery of core subjects, creating the perfect recipe for success. 

The new school will be located along Kathleen Road and Interstate Drive. Lakeland Leads is proud to be spearheading the recruitment of IDEA Charter School to broaden high-quality education opportunities. With a capacity to serve almost 1,200 K-12 students, we’re thrilled for the opportunities this will bring to students in our community. 

What makes IDEA different?

IDEA Public Schools was built on the foundation that all children can and will succeed if given the chance. As a tuition-free, K-12 Charter School, they ensure children from low-income backgrounds, those who are first-generation college-bound, and underrepresented groups in higher education have access to a college education and the opportunity to become future leaders. 

Our Involvement

Starting a conversation

In 2019, the Lakeland Economic Development Council visited San Antonio, Texas, and first learned about IDEA Schools. Inspired by the impact IDEA had in Texas, they started on the path toward a potential campus in Lakeland. 

Since then, Lakeland Leads has spearheaded the recruitment of IDEA Charter School to broaden high-quality education opportunities, with a capacity to serve almost 1,200 K-12 students. Because of collaboration between the business community, education professionals, and IDEA, IDEA’s Lakeland campus will open for the 2024-2025 school year.

Campus Tours

Tours of IDEA’s Victory campus in Tampa let Lakeland Leads members experience IDEA’s campus firsthand, generating community buy-in. Business leaders had the opportunity to see the impact this institution will have on our community.

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