Student registration for IDEA Allan – the new in-district charter school for the Austin Independent School District – ended at midnight. It will be housed in the current Allan Elementary School campus on Gonzales Street and serve kindergartners as well as students in first, second and sixth grade next school year.
Matthew Randazzo is IDEA’s Chief Growth Officer. He says registration has been strong. In fact, there are more interested students than spaces. A lottery will have to be held for each grade level to determine which students will be able to attend.
Randazzo says the most popular grades for registration were kindergarten and sixth.
“In sixth grade when students are making that critical transition from elementary to middle school, parents often tend to look for choices in the district and outside of the district,” said Randazzo.
Some parents in the area had protested putting a charter school program in their local elementary school and had attempted to organize a boycott against IDEA Allan.
The lottery for IDEA Allan student spots will be held May 17.