Academic Excellence

IDEA graduated 31 students this past June. Watch this video of a wonderful day for our IDEA families and community.
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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

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!

Friday, October 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Cornerstone Magazine Features Academy of Construction and Design

The Cornerstone, the magazine of NCCER, the preeminent organization for training and professional development in the construction industry, recently featured IDEA’s new Academy of Construction and Design. Click here to read the article!  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

American Graduate Profiles IDEA’s Academy of Construction and Design

WHUT and American Graduate highlighted IDEA’s new Academy of Construction and Design, a program created by the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, in this recent video. Watch now!

Thursday, June 4, 2015 | From IDEA PCS


Mark Lerner, who covers DC charter schools for, recently interviewed IDEA Head of School Justin Rydstrom about IDEA’s remarkable turnaround. Read his article here.


What's Happening at IDEA

Friday, February 5, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

ACE Mentorship Program Scholars Visit Embassy and Student Center Under Construction

On February 4, Mr. Mitchell and volunteer mentors from the ACE Mentorship Program took students on a field trip to the Embassy of Morocco and the University of the District of Columbia student center, both in different stages of construction, to see firsthand how the process works of taking a building from the design phase READ MORE »

Friday, February 5, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Scholars Complete College-Level Classes at University of the District of Columbia Community College

Congratulations to IDEA scholars Anyé, Brianna, Dimitri, Endajia, Gloria, Jermonie, Niya, Royalty, Tykerra, and Victor who completed their first college classes while still in high school. Thanks to our dual degree program with the University of the District of Columbia Community College, 10 students took classes last semester, including English Composition I, First-Year Seminar, and Intermediate Algebra. READ MORE »

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Girls Basketball Crushes EL Haynes 50-15 with Daesha Smith Setting Points Record

Congratulations to the Lady Timberwolves who defeated EL Haynes 50-15 last night, and especially to Daesha Smith, who scored 42 of those 50 points, setting the record for most points scored during a single basketball game by any IDEA PCS student! 

Monday, January 4, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Construction Students Deliver New Donations of Legos to Child Care Center

Before winter break our Intro to Construction students and Academy of Construction and Design director Shelly Karriem, delivered a donation of 1,650 LEGOs for kids in the Healthy Start Center at Martha’s Table. An anonymous donor asked the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation to use their monetary gift to establish a fund to purchase building READ MORE »

Friday, December 18, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Sonya Williams, Special Education

Every day Special Education Teacher Sonya Williams asks her eight students to do a quick write about a different topic. They spend five minutes writing about whatever she suggests. One day recently, she gave them 10 minutes and the question “Why do Black lives matter?” “One of my students was so excited. He said, ‘Finally, READ MORE »