Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | From IDEA PCS


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 »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Representing IDEA at Reach Higher College Signing Day

On May 1, eight IDEA seniors and IDEA’s Dean Briscoe joined DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, DC Public Charter School Board Chair Darren Woodruff, American University President Cornelius Kerwin, and other education luminaries for the District of Columbia’s first ever Reach Higher: DC College Signing Day at George Washington University. Reach Higher is an initiative created by First Lady READ MORE »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Letter from the Principal: Finish the Year Strong!

  We’re looking forward to the graduation of the class of 2015 at THE ARC on June 19 at noon. Students should RSVP to Ms. Reeves, Ms. Simmons, or Mr. Rydstrom for their families who will attend. This year all IDEA faculty members will participate formally in the commencement ceremony, wearing academic robes that reflect READ MORE »

Monday, May 18, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

PROM 2015: Seniors Celebrate at the Parisian Ball!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA to Expand Skilled Trades Career Pathways with DC Students Construction Trades Foundation

The DC Students Construction Trades Foundation and IDEA Public Charter School are pleased to announce a partnership that will expand the skilled trades career and technical education classes available to IDEA students beginning in fall 2015. DCSCTF’s 10-year-old Academy of Construction and Design will move to IDEA PCS, complementing IDEA’s current course offerings in architecture, READ MORE »

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Sign Up Now to Learn Carpentry, Electrical, and Other Key Skills This Fall

Download flyers here: ACAD is Coming to IDEA This Fall!

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Author Susan Richards Shreve Talks with IDEA Seniors

Acclaimed author Susan Richards Shreve spoke with IDEA seniors today about her book A Student of Living Things as part of scholars’ study of mystery writing. IDEA thanks our partner the PEN/Faulkner Foundation for bringing Ms. Shreve to our school!

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Family Enrollment Day Is Saturday, April 25 from 10-1

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Timberwolves Cheer Squad Championship Photos

Here are some highlights from our recent competition where the Timberwolves cheerleading squad earned first place in the DC Charter School Athletic Association and third place in the statewide competition. ROAR!

Friday, March 27, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Spring Break Cheer Camp at IDEA on April 13

Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about IDEA’s 2015 Spring Break Cheer Camp, scheduled for 8am to 4pm on April 13 at IDEA. Click the link above to download the flyer and learn more!

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Timberwolves Cheer Squad Takes Charter League Championship

Congratulations Timberwolves cheer squad! On Saturday, March 21 the squad earned 1st place Charter School Cheer Champions and 3rd Place State Champions!

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Freshmen Volunteer with Food & Friends and Planned Parenthood

On March 20 IDEA freshmen volunteered with Food & Friends and Planned Parenthood, learning important lessons about service and planting the seeds for great relationships between IDEA and two wonderful community organizations for years to come.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Selma and MLK Memoir Inform Scholar Understanding of Civil Rights Movement and Individual Freedoms

Last month as part of class discussions about freedom and civil rights, IDEA scholars went on a field trip to see Selma. Before seeing the film, scholars read Dr. Martin Luther King’s memoir Stride Toward  Freedom.  Both the film and the book contributed to scholars’ thinking, writing, and speaking about both past and current relevant issues of individual READ MORE »

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Step Afrika! Performs at IDEA and Inspires Scholars to Step, Dance, and Plan for College

  Scholars and staff enjoyed watching and participating in stepping and dance when Step Afrika! performed during February’s town hall meeting. According to Step Afrika!, their school performances “highlight the rhythm, physicality and history of stepping, and culminate in a group activity to get students on their feet.” More than just a dance troupe, Step Afrika! emphasizes READ MORE »

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Career Day Introduces IDEA Scholars to Their Futures

Attorneys, community activists, scientists, a firefighter, a nuclear engineer, a social worker, a technology expert, an architect, and other professionals with a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise shared their experiences with IDEA scholars for Career Day on February 27. Visiting professionals had the opportunity to give brief presentations to both IDEA scholars and faculty READ MORE »

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

A Message from Our Principal: Expanded Construction and Trades Education Coming to IDEA this Fall!

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation that will expand IDEA’s career and technical education offerings. DCSCTF’s Academy of Construction and Design will open at IDEA this fall and offer a variety of courses for 10th through 12th graders, in areas such as carpentry, electrical, and other READ MORE »