Academic Excellence

IDEA graduated 51 students in 2016.
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Leadership and Career Training

ACAD will offer instruction by industry experts in carpentry, design, electrical, HVAC, landscaping, plumbing, green building, and more. Students will gain valuable work experience and have access to apprenticeships, internships, certifications, and safety training.
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Athletic Achievements

IDEA scholars excel on the court and on the field. Our boys basketball, girls volleyball, girls softball, and cheerleading squads have all earned charter league championships.
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IDEA in the News

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE: Bringing Skilled Trades Training To People From All Walks Of Life

IDEA’s Academy of Construction and Design and the Academy’s creator, the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, are featured in an article about career and technical education in the October 2016 issue of Construction Executive magazine. Read the article here! Our own Krystal Boone, an ACAD graduate who returned to teach, is featured on the cover of the READ MORE »

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Kierell Green Becomes First IDEA Scholar to Receive Division I Basketball Scholarship

Kierell Green, IDEA class of 2016, is the first IDEA basketball player to receive a Division I basketball scholarship. Two years ago he’d never even played on a team. Read his story here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

DCSCTF and Academy of Construction and Design Featured on Ed Reform Blog

Originally posted here: D.C. Students Construction Trades Foundation Luncheon by Mark Lerner May 18, 2016  Charter Schools Last Friday I had the honor of attending the tenth annual D.C. Students Construction Trades Foundation luncheon which was held in the intimate performance space of downtown’s The Hamilton.  It was a momentous occasion because this was the first year that the READ MORE »

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

DC Cable TV Features Academy of Construction and Design

Watch this wonderful video from DC Cable TV highlighting the opportunities IDEA and the Academy of Construction and Design provides.

Monday, November 16, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Tiny Houses Discussed on WAMU 88.5 Kojo Nnamdi Show

WAMU 88.5 radio host Kojo Nnamdi led a discussion of tiny houses on his show Thursday, November 12, which mentioned the tiny house that former Academy of Construction and Design students built, which recently arrived at IDEA for current students to finish inside. Listen here!


What's Happening at IDEA

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Ms. Sutherland Creates Reading Nook Thanks to Donors

When freshman English teacher Rebecca Sutherland discovered that many of her students were never read to at home when they were younger, and are often reluctant to read independently, she decided to create a comfortable reading space in her classroom. Sutherland started a project on Donors Choose, a website that invites prospective donors from all READ MORE »

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Green Club Grows Tomatoes, Watermelon, and Berries for School and Community

IDEA junior James Gross loves “getting down and dirty” when he works with IDEA’s Green Club, sponsored by Head of School Mr. Rydstrom. So far the club has planted tomatoes, watermelons, blackberries, and blueberries. The homegrown tomatoes were even served in IDEA’s cafeteria. The school cafeteria also contributes food scraps to the compost pile, which then READ MORE »

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Welcome New Teachers and Staff

IDEA is proud to welcome several new teachers and staff members to our team this year. We will be introducing them to you in our newsletter, on our website, and on social media throughout the year. Meanwhile, when you’re at IDEA, please take the time to say hello. Arianna Ashton, English Ashley Coleman, Operations Associate READ MORE »

Monday, September 26, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

ACAD Students Building Composting System and Cistern for School

My construction 1 class is building compost bins out of scrap lumber for a composting system that will be used to reduce IDEA waste and eventually produce soil for various IDEA gardens. The construction 2 class is building a model of our cistern base before we make the real thing to become familiar with center READ MORE »

Monday, September 26, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Seniors Receive New Chromebook Laptops

To deliver a world-class education to our scholars and prepare them for success in college and career when they graduate, IDEA has distributed Chromebook laptops to all seniors to use this year and take with them after high school. Having individual laptops will help seniors develop the technological expertise to navigate online and interactive platforms, use READ MORE »