Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Renovations and Expanded Classrooms Will Provide New Learning Opportunities this Fall

Summer visitors to IDEA have seen workers busy making improvements to several classrooms on the first and second floors to prepare for students to return this fall. Students will be inspired to learn in the newly renovated, spacious, and naturally lit classrooms. Some repairs are underway to improve environmental damage that occurred during the last READ MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Saber Day 2015 Honors JROTC Student Leaders

IDEA’s annual Saber Day serves as the JROTC annual change of command parade, our JROTC awards program, and as a ceremonial farewell to IDEA JROTC seniors. This year’s class is very diverse, with some attending college immediately, some joining the active duty military, and some seeking to go straight into the workforce or job training READ MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Graduate Spotlight: Jabari Young

Jabari Young led the IDEA Timberwolves boys varsity basketball team to its first charter school league championship this year, serving as captain for the past two years. An outstanding athlete since childhood, Jabari also excels in the classroom, making the honor roll every year of high school. He served as treasurer for the Student Government READ MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Graduate Spotlight: Davonia Moore-Porter

Davonia Moore-Porter is IDEA Public Charter School’s valedictorian for the class of 2015. She has been named to the honor roll every quarter since seventh grade and was a member of the cheerleading squad and the yearbook committee. Outside of school, Davonia has interned for two summers at the Holocaust Museum and served as an ambassador of the Stephen Tyrone Johns READ MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Graduate Spotlight: Dynasia McCoy

Dynasia McCoy aspires to a career in medicine with a potential specialty in neurology. During high school Dynasia has consistently made honor roll, served with distinction in the US Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps as well as the JROTC Drill Team and Color Guard, served as Student Government Association secretary, and was a member READ MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Graduate Spotlight: DeSean Marable

DeSean Marable plans to build on the architecture and design skills he has learned at IDEA to launch a career and eventually return to his community to build houses for families in need. During high school DeSean earned certifications in Microsoft Office and PowerPoint and became a skilled AutoCAD drafter. He also participated in the READ MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Graduate Spotlight: Marquan Lancaster

Marquan Lancaster will transform his love of video games into a career when he begins studying at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida this fall. Marquan was captivated by video games the first time he played Pac-Man at age six, but quickly realized that he wanted to do more than just play-he wanted to READ MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Graduate Spotlight: Yakira Jones

Yakira Jones has demonstrated a willingness to help others, a thirst for diverse knowledge, and an aptitude for architecture and design throughout her years at IDEA. Yakira represented IDEA at the National Organization for Minority Architects’ national conference in Philadelphia where she gave a presentation on architect Lewis Giles Sr. Yakira also served as an ambassador to the Hugh READ MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Graduate Spotlight: Johane Carter

Shining a Light on Some of Our Outstanding Graduates   Johane Carter challenged herself to try something new as a high school senior, and tried out for the volleyball team even though she had never been particularly athletic. Much to her surprise, Johane fell in love with the sport. She gained physical and mental strength, confidence, READ MORE »

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Watch Our Class of 2015 Graduation Video

We are so proud of our class of 2015 graduates and know they will go on to do great things. Watch an inspiring video here of highlights of our commencement ceremony.

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!