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IDEA Celebrates Achievement with Mayor Gray, Education Leaders

DC PCSB ED Scott Pearson, IDEA Board Member Joanne Fort, senior Devonia Porter, Senior Keshawn Davis-Curvey, IDEA Board Chair David Owens, junior Victor Settles, Head of School Justin Rydstrom, senior DeSean Marable, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith

DC PCSB ED Scott Pearson, IDEA Board Member Joanne Fort, senior Devonia Porter, Senior Keshawn Davis-Curvey, IDEA Board Chair David Owens, junior Victor Settles, Head of School Justin Rydstrom, senior DeSean Marable, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith

On 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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Friday, December 19, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Turnaround Featured on WAMU

WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza spent time at IDEA recently and told this story of the school’s turnaround on the air! Listen or read the transcript here!  

Thursday, December 18, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Family Helps Other Families Enjoy Thanksgiving

Thanks to everyone who helped prepare Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, we were able to share healthy and delicious ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner to many local families.   

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Check out Photo Highlights of Varsity Contact Football Team and Cheerleaders

Highlights of an successful contact varsity football season, in partnership with Cesar Chavez PCS. Our IDEA varsity football players and cheerleaders came together as one during our homecoming football game. Terrance Whiting and Thomas Simmons-Ling made the city all-star team for their great season play.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Vote for IDEA to Present Our Success Story at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Conference

Please take a moment to vote for IDEA to present at the @National Alliance for Public Charter Schools #NCSC15. This is a huge opportunity to present in front of more than 4,500 charter school professionals, and IDEA love to have your support! Voting ends 12/19. Vote here for Mr. Rydstrom’s session titled Improving Your School’s READ MORE »

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Students and Staff Drum with Luis Garay Percussion World

At a recent town hall meeting, IDEA students and staff had the pleasure of hearing and seeing an amazing performance by Luis Garay Percussion World, and some of us even had the opportunity to participate!    

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