Academic Excellence

IDEA graduated 51 students in 2016.
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Leadership and Career Training

The Academy of Construction and Design offers pathways to college and careers in architecture, construction management, carpentry, electrical, landscape design, green building, and more. IDEA scholars participate in hands-on projects and have access to safety training, internships, certifications, and apprenticeships.
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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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Sophomore Earns First Place in Kung Fu Tournament

Leo Ivey has been participating in the Jow Ga Martial Science Club, sponsored by math teacher Sharif Talib, since he first started at IDEA. Recently he competed in his first kung fu tournament and was excited and surprised to come home with a first place medal. “I did not go into the tournament thinking of READ MORE »

Thursday, October 13, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Jason Saltmarsh

Any history teacher could tell you that even something that happened 14 centuries ago is relevant today. Jason Saltmarsh, new to IDEA’s social studies department his year, knows this well. “I’m explaining our society by going back,” he said. “We look at the foundations of the modern world—politically, geographically, and culturally—starting with the spread of READ MORE »

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Andrew Fenner

From day one, Algebra I teacher Andrew Fenner is straight with his students. “I’m very clear with students that this information is going to be difficult at first and definitely at a level higher than what they’re used to,” he explained. “I also tell them that the best indicator of how well they will perform READ MORE »

Friday, October 7, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Teacher Feature: Ian Milne

Every summer during college, Ian Milne built houses, working with and learning from a professional builder. “We built houses from the ground up,” Milne recalled. “This guy taught me everything—I learned a ton and it was the most fun job I ever had.” Although he went on to teach social studies, Milne has always enjoyed READ MORE »

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 »