Academic Achievements

IDEA students scored higher on standardized tests than students from all other Ward 7 high schools. We’ve achieved significant gains in recent years and former DC Mayor Vincent Gray called IDEA “remarkable.”
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Academy of Construction & Design

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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Athletics

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA on Examiner.com

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA’s Achievement Profiled on WUSA Channel 9!

Watch this great video from WUSA Channel 9′s coverage of IDEA’s transformation! IDEA outpaces all DC middle and high schools in DC-CAS improvement!

Thursday, June 4, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Idea in the News

Watch Mr. Rydstrom and the head of our new Academy of Construction and Design on NewsChannel8

Thursday, June 4, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

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,” READ MORE »

Thursday, June 4, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Listen to a Story about IDEA on WAMU!

Listen to a Story about IDEA on WAMU!

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What's Happening at IDEA

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

DOWNLOAD FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE HERE

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 »

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