IDEA’s remarkable and unprecedented turnaround effort was the result of a coordinated effort by school founders who facilitated the transition; IDEA’s committed board of trustees who oversaw the effort; new school leadership who led the transformation, including the former Executive Director John Goldman and current Head of School Justin Rydstrom; and national education consulting firm TenSquare which provided ongoing strategic intervention. Most importantly, credit goes to the dedicated teachers, students, and parents who never compromised on their vision to create a high performing, open enrollment high school in Ward 7.
“IDEA is an example of what can happen when dedicated school leaders set a culture of high expectations for both students and staff,” said DC Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith. “Two years ago, IDEA was on the brink of closure. Today it is a school where students feel welcome, supported, and inspired to learn. The IDEA community should be proud of this remarkable achievement.”
Differentiated education that meets the needs of every student and a no excuses approach to success are the new hallmarks of IDEA.
“I’m proud of our team of teachers and board leaders and the steadfast support they’ve shown in helping IDEA’s students achieve,” said IDEA Board Chair David Owens. “At IDEA every student now understands that his or her education is important to all of us.”
In addition to outstanding academics, IDEA offers a Microsoft Academy to teach valuable technology skills that lead to in-demand certifications, architectural design classes, and Junior ROTC classes that develop leadership and discipline. IDEA’s campus includes a state-of-the-art gym and wellness center that is the home of IDEA’s 2013 and 2014 WCSAA Championship Women’s Volleyball Teams and 2014 WCSAA Championship Softball Team.
The mission of IDEA Public Charter School is to prepare students with the academic, social, leadership, and occupational skills for post-secondary opportunities and to be responsible citizens who contribute to the community. Learn more about IDEA at www.ideapcs.org
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or Twitter at www.twitter.com/IDEA_PCS.
Contact Head of School Justin Rydstrom at 202-281-0001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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