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, 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!

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!


What's Happening at IDEA

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Ms. McCrae and Mr. Brooks Share Strategies at OSSE Conference

Our own Nicole McCrae, English teacher and instructional coach, and Marco Brooks, English teacher, had the privilege of sharing their strategies for excellent teaching at a recent OSSE conference for DC educators, held at the Walter Washington Convention Center. Ms. McCrae’s presentation was called A Teacher’s Literacy Toolbox: Student Centered, Standards-based Approach for Accessing the CCSS READ MORE »

Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Summer Bridge Program Open to Rising Ninth Graders, Summer School Available for Credit Recovery

Rising freshmen will be welcomed to IDEA this summer with a four-week summer bridge program to help them acclimate to the culture and expectations of high school. Students will work on projects each week and demonstrate what they’ve learned and accomplished at the end of the week. They will also visit different local colleges each Friday to READ MORE »

Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Take Care of Yourself for Strong Emotional and Mental Health

In response to recent violence in the Deanwood community, IDEA Clinical Counselor Melody Washington reminds scholars, families, and staff to promote their own emotional and mental health through self-care. “I encourage everyone to take some time out every day, if possible, to do something they enjoy such as making a phone call to a loved READ MORE »

Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Ninth Graders Build Community, Trust, Understanding

Ninth graders have been focusing on building trust and becoming a team. In recent town hall meetings, freshmen have worked on speaking positively to each other, practicing giving shout outs of appreciation and celebration to their peers and to adults. Freshmen also made posters about how to earn points for exemplifying the five guiding principles, READ MORE »

Friday, May 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

JROTC Cadets Demonstrate Skills at Local Events

IDEA’s JROTC unit has been busy this spring leading and participating in events all over the city, demonstrating their skills and lending precision, leadership, and dignity to official events. Their recent schedule has included Service learning at Armed Services Retirement Home Raider Competition and Academic Competition March Madness JROTC Basketball Tournament Scottish Rite (DC Chapter READ MORE »