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, March 25, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Juniors Explore Types of Poetry to Express Themselves

Ms. Maravilla’s 11th-grade English students have been learning how to express their deepest desires through poetry.

Friday, March 18, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

ACAD Students Begin Greenhouse Build Inside

Ms. Boone’s Intro to ACAD students begin building greenhouse structure to house plants and gardening material for the upcoming Youth Farmers Market. Students apply learned basic safety skills from the classroom to workshops held in the lab under the direction of visiting instructor Larry Morris of the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation. Mr. Morris worked READ MORE »

Thursday, March 3, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Black History Month Celebration Educates and Inspires Scholars

Thank you to the distinguished guests, faculty members, students, and community members who contributed to our recent outstanding Black History Month celebration. Check out some highlights and the program here.

Friday, February 26, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Black Professionals Day Brings Guest Speakers to Inspire Scholars

Thanks so much to all of the generous and talented Black professionals who shared their career stories with our scholars this week for Black Professionals Day. We heard from architects, police officers, CEOs, social workers, educators, entrepreneurs, and repres entatives from a variety of other fields. Our scholars have more ideas about what opportunities lie READ MORE »

Friday, February 12, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Welcome New Science Teacher Paul Saunders

IDEA is pleased to welcome our new ninth-grade science teacher Paul Saunders, who started teaching at the beginning of February. Mr. Saunders comes to us most recently from Buffalo, New York where he was tutoring students in math and science. He has worked as a science teacher in Virginia and New York in middle schools READ MORE »