IDEAS Academy Cohort Programs & Activities

IDEAS Academy Cohort Programs & Activities

Cohort Programs

IDEAS Academy offers yearlong cohort experiences to Alief ISD and Houston Community College students. Check below for more information about current offerings.

Alief Early College High School Students

IDEAS Academy has been offered to Alief Early College High School upper classmen as an outside the classroom program since Spring 2018. Starting in 2021, students will have multiple ways to participate.


  • Select high school classes offering IDEAS Academy curriculum
  • Outside class cohort meeting weekly on Fridays at WHI

More Information:

  • Program begins in early September 2021
  • Check with high school counselors for details



Alief Career & Technical Education Students

Starting in Fall 2021, IDEAS Academy will be offered to students participating in select courses through Alief ISD's Career and Technical Education program.


  • 2021-22 courses in Engineering STEM, Health Sciences, and Computer Science

More Information:

  • Check with CTE program for details on participation



LSAMP Community of Experience Students

LSAMP is a highly involved leadership and academic enhancement program both on and off campus at HCC. The Community Experience brings IDEAS Academy to this program and has been offered since Spring 2020. Each year, 18-20 students are selected to participate. This cohort meets weekly virtually or in person at the West Houston Institute.


  • Current HCC student and STEM major with at least 3.0 GPA
  • Application to LSAMP Community of Experience required


Past Activities

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IDEAS Academy

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West Houston Institute

2811 Hayes Rd., Houston, TX 77082