Friday, October 2, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

American Graduate Day 2015 Features IDEA’s Academy of Construction and Design

Read the whole press release here.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

IDEA Offers New Courses including AP English and Biology, Psychology, African-American History

This year IDEA has significantly expanded our course offerings to give more students a wider variety of options to satisfy their intellectual curiosity and explore career possibilities. New courses include: AP English: Literature and Composition with Mr. Brooks AP Biology with Ms. Riley Psychology with Ms. Richmond African-American History with Ms. Simpson Introduction to Construction and READ MORE »

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Academy of Construction and Design Ribbon Cutting to be Held October 23

While students have been learning about construction and design from the first day of school in IDEA’s new Academy of Construction and Design, we’ve just put the finishing touches on our ACAD classroom space. All renovation was funded by the construction partners of the DC Students Construction Trade Foundation, and we are grateful for their READ MORE »

Monday, September 28, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Junior Steve Cheuko Expands Leadership Skills at HOBY in DC and Chicago

When Steve Cheuko moved to the United States from Cameroon two years ago he never imagined he would be selected to participate in a weekend leadership seminar with high school students from across the District of Columbia, much less travel to Chicago for a week-long leadership institute with students from across the country. But as a READ MORE »

Monday, September 28, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Former Academy of Construction and Design Student Returns to Teach

Krystal Boone never planned to enroll in the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo High School. In fact, she was only at Cardozo because she’d withdrawn from another school. At Cardozo she had gotten in trouble again, when suddenly she found an advocate in Shelly Karriem. “Ms. Karriem came out of nowhere and asked READ MORE »

Monday, September 28, 2015 | From IDEA PCS

Ninth Grade Academy Eases Transition to High School with Fresh Start

New Leaders For New Schools Resident Principal Errol Johnson Oversees Academy As a kid, Errol Johnson dreamed of being Matlock, Andy Griffith’s criminal defense lawyer character on the show by the same name. “I would watch Matlock and quote law cases,” Johnson recalled. “It was my destiny to be a lawyer,” until one day in READ MORE »

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 »