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IDEA’s Charter Renewed for 15 Years by DC Public Charter School Board

At its March 23, 2015 meeting, the DC Public Charter School Board approved the 15-year renewal of IDEA’s charter. DCPCSB staff member Sara Medway presented the staff review of IDEA’s performance over the past two years, highlighting IDEA’s successful turnaround, which she called “remarkable.”

“We are very happy with student improvement over the past two years,” said DCPCSB Board Chair Darren Woodruff. You can watch the video of the DCPCSB meeting here. IDEA’s part of the meeting begins close to the 2-hour mark. “I’ve not been part of a school turnaround that is so thorough,” said Board Vice Chair Don Soifer. “I enthusiastically put forward a motion to approve the IDEA Public Charter School charter renewal.”

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IDEA Celebrates Achievement with Mayor Gray, Education Leaders

Mayor Gray eventOn December 16, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith, DC Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson, and other education leaders and supporters in DC gathered to help IDEA celebrate our extraordinary student achievement over the past three years, creating a culture of success from a school once on the brink of closure.

“It’s a new day for IDEA,” said Pearson, who called IDEA teachers “masters of their craft.” Mayor Gray said IDEA’s transformation was “remarkable” and he was proud to be able to release the school from probationary status one year early because of IDEA’s rapid success meeting growth benchmarks.

A highlight of the celebration was four student speakers who shared what IDEA’s turnaround has meant for them and what they aspire to do after graduation. Hearing from a future family lawyer, veterinarian, entomologist, and architect inspired Deputy Mayor for Education Smith to say that she felt hopeful about the future.

IDEA’s 2013-2014 achievements include:

  • Named a Reward school by the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, a designation given to schools “with the highest overall achievement and growth.” IDEA received Reward status for the second consecutive year for students’ academic growth in the top 5% of all DC schools.
  • Overall rating from DC Public Charter School Board on the annual Performance Management Framework increased by 10 percentage points.
  • Achievement on the DC-CAS math test increased by 29 percentage points, the greatest student gain of any DC high school in 2013-2014.
  • Achievement by seniors on the SAT test improved by 17 percentage points.
  • At our current rate of performance, IDEA is positioned to become a Tier I school, the highest classification of DC public charter schools, by 2017.

Click here to download the full report on IDEA from the DC Public Charter School Board.

IDEA PCS provides rigorous academics; innovative technology, architecture, and engineering training; and leadership skills. Students at IDEA enjoy learning with new textbooks, computers, and labs and stay fit and competitive using our new health and wellness center and participating in championship athletics. At IDEA, every student matters. Enroll now!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | From IDEA PCS


There’s a lot going on at IDEA over the next few weeks. Make sure you’re ready! Download our final exam schedule here!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Ms. McCrae Shares Literacy Strategies with Educators at OSSE Conference

On May 15, IDEA English teacher and instructional coach Nicole McCrae gave a presentation at the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education conference It Takes a City–DC Does it Best. Ms. McCrae shared literacy teaching strategies that are aligned with the Common Core to help increase student engagement around reading and writing READ MORE »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Students Chop Carrots and Assemble Snacks While Volunteering at DC Central Kitchen 

Eight IDEA students volunteered on April 29 at the DC Central Kitchen Nutrition Lab and for a three-hour shift of basic food preparation, which included peeling and chopping hundreds of carrots and packing snack bags for a few of the programs that DC Central Kitchen serves across the District of Columbia.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

ACE Mentor Program Awards Scholarships to Three IDEA Seniors While Juniors Welcome ACAD to IDEA

Congratulations to IDEA seniors Yakira Jones, Romeo Curley, and Keshawn Davis-Curvey on being awarded college scholarships by the ACE Mentor Program, which recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in the study of architecture, construction, and engineering and aspire to pursue one of those or a related field as a career. The students were honored at READ MORE »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Seniors Create Mystery Cartoons to Promote Literacy

As part of our unit on reading and understanding mystery literature, we asked seniors to create cartoons that include a variety of elements of mystery, such as clues, distraction, multiple settings, unanswered questions, and suspicion. The assignment was designed as a way for IDEA students to give back to their community by designing these creative cartoons for READ MORE »