mySchool: Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy at James W. Fannin (video)


The mission of the Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) at James W. Fannin, one of Dallas ISD’s Public School Choice campuses, is to empower students to chart their own educational path through personalized learning.

The school opened its doors on August 2015 with its first class of freshman and will grow into a full high school by 2018. IDEA is one of five Dallas ISD inaugural campuses for Personalized Learning and the only Personalized Learning high school.

“The students get to make more choices about what they do and how they do it,” said Arelthia Phillips, digital design teacher at IDEA.

IDEA also pairs students with professional mentors and community members to help develop entrepreneurial habits and skills.

“The IDEA internship is a way for the student to have an introduction to the work world and to the industries that are growing here in Dallas,” said Chazz Robinson, internship coordinator at IDEA.

All IDEA students will graduate with a business and industry endorsement, ready for college and the career.

Applications to attend IDEA will be available in late Fall.

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