AUSTIN (KXAN) - IDEA Allan Charter School opened in a new location in Austin Wednesday.
This year the school becomes a state public charter school after a failed partnership with Austin Independent School District.
Throughout the summer, teachers moved out of Allan Elementary School and traveled nine miles south to The Church in Austin, located near Slaughter Lane and Interstate 35. IDEA is renting the building for one year while they build a permanent home.
About 80 percent of the students who attended last year are making the move to the new location. All of the remaining spots were filled, and there is a waiting list.
Grace VanVoorhis, a Sixth- and Seventh-grade language arts teacher, has her classroom ready to go. Even though IDEA is no longer part of AISD, she wanted to stick with the focus IDEA offers.
“Here everyone’s singular focus is getting everyone ready for college, and I didn't always feel like that was everyone’s goal when I worked in education in the public school,” said VanVoorhis.
In fact, 100 percent of students who attend IDEA charter schools go on to college. That has attracted more families to enroll their kids this year compared to last.
“We added about 200 students form the previous year, and this building just doesn't have enough room to continue our expansion,” said Larkin Tackett, IDEA Public Charter School Austin executive director.
That means IDEA Allen will be moving into another location next year. Until then, teachers are just ready to say "Good morning" to 670 students.
“We are so excited to welcome the students back to school,” said Tackett.
This year IDEA, is enrolling for grades K-3, as well as sixth and seventh. By 2018, the school plans to offer K-12 education, with capacity for 1,500 students.
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Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
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