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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!

Blog: Stories from Behind the Shield

Monday, May 18, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

PROM 2015: Seniors Celebrate at the Parisian Ball!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA to Expand Skilled Trades Career Pathways with DC Students Construction Trades Foundation

The DC Students Construction Trades Foundation and IDEA Public Charter School are pleased to announce a partnership that will expand the skilled trades career and technical education classes available to IDEA students beginning in fall 2015. DCSCTF’s 10-year-old Academy of Construction and Design will move to IDEA PCS, complementing IDEA’s current course offerings in architecture, READ MORE »

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Sign Up Now to Learn Carpentry, Electrical, and Other Key Skills This Fall

Download flyers here: ACAD is Coming to IDEA This Fall!

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Author Susan Richards Shreve Talks with IDEA Seniors

Acclaimed author Susan Richards Shreve spoke with IDEA seniors today about her book A Student of Living Things as part of scholars’ study of mystery writing. IDEA thanks our partner the PEN/Faulkner Foundation for bringing Ms. Shreve to our school!

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Family Enrollment Day Is Saturday, April 25 from 10-1