Program Profiles
Tom Torkelson

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Previous Title
Chief Executive Officer
Previous Organization
IDEA Public Schools
Previous Organization Sector
Public Charter Network

The Broad Academy 2015-2016


Under the leadership of founder and chief executive officer Tom Torkelson, IDEA Public Schools was launched in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley with the vision of “college for all children.” Since then, IDEA has grown to dozens of campuses that are making that vision a reality for students and their families throughout the state. What’s more, IDEA alumni, most of whom are first-generation college goers, have a college graduation rate that is five times higher than the national average among low-income students.

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Classrooms Without Borders, US News, June 22, 2018

IDEA Public Schools founder and CEO Tom Torkelson talks about students and teachers within his school system who are worried about their immigration status. Read more.

Pre-Program Information


Previous Title
Chief Executive Officer
Previous Organization
IDEA Public Schools
Previous Organization Sector
Public Charter Network