Academic Excellence

IDEA graduated 51 students in 2016.
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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

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!

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!  


What's Happening at IDEA

Thursday, June 23, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Find the Free Summer Meals Site Closest To To You


Thursday, June 23, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Kids and Teens Eat Free through DC Free Summer Meals Program

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Summer Bridge Program Welcomes 18 Rising Freshmen

This past Saturday the Summer Bridge Team hosted a successful orientation program. We had a phenomenal 18 prospective students (and their parents) attend our morning welcome. Ms. Smith provided a detailed overview of the structure and purpose of Summer Bridge, while Ms. Thompson, Ms. Burke, and I hosted engaging team building activities where both parent READ MORE »

Monday, June 20, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

2016 Graduate Spotlights

Victor Settles, Valedictorian During his time at IDEA Victor distinguished himself as a visible leader among his peers With his personable nature and his hunger for learning, Victor has excelled in Advanced Placement Biology, taken classes at the University of the District of Columbia while enrolled at IDEA, and completed summer internships at the National READ MORE »

Thursday, June 9, 2016 | From IDEA PCS

Geometry Students Think Outside the Cube, and the Triangle, and the Sphere

On May 17, all geometry students went on a field trip to the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. While at the Library of Congress the students completed a scavenger hunt of Geometry terms and took pictures to show that they actually found Geometry terms throughout the library. While in class the students built READ MORE »