Career and Technical Education

Academy of Construction and Design

Beginning in fall 2015, IDEA students can enroll in the Academy of Construction and Design, a career technical education program sponsored by IDEA and the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation.

Freshmen will learn about a wide range of skilled trades in their advisory periods, while 10th through 12th graders can enroll in semester-long courses that teach skills such as

  • Carpentry
  • Design and preconstruction
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Interior design
  • Landscape and garden design
  • Plumbing
  • Sustainable design, renewable energy, and green building

Academy of Construction and Design students can pursue educational paths that lead to apprenticeships and excellent career options. Students will earn certifications typically required by employers, which include

  • CPR and first aid
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-hour training
  • NCCER certification from the leading construction industry association

Extracurricular activities include

Youth farmer’s market, where IDEA students will plan, create, and operate a farmer’s market by growing produce on IDEA’s campus and expand access to healthy food for Deanwood residents. The youth farmer’s market enables students to

  • Explore urban gardening
  • Learn about social, economic, and environmental issues related to urban agriculture
  • Develop a positive relationship with healthy food
  • Participate in real-world on the job training

SkillsUSA clubs, which provide enrichment activities that help students round out their career and technical education, exposing them to workplace skills and resources that will enable them to be successful after graduation.

Enroll at IDEA today to be eligible to build your future through the Academy of Construction and Design.

Microsoft Academy

IDEA was one of 10 schools chosen in 2012 to take part in the launch for the new Microsoft Academy. This exceptional information technology program provides students with outstanding opportunities to learn valuable skills that are attractive to the employers of today and tomorrow. Watch videos about the Microsoft Academy and read testimonials of students and teachers who have experienced the program here.

This academy will prepare students who wish to be M.O.S Certified.

Students need to have high interest in learning more about applications, sound study habits, and good behavior. Certified students can earn college credits.  See Mr. Mitchell for details and registration information.

Learn more about the Microsoft Academy at We will post further details on IDEA’s own Microsoft Academy soon.

Technology Curriculum

Learning cutting-edge technology using state-of-the-art equipment in high school gives our students a significant advantage when they enter advanced training or certification programs, college, or the workforce. Any IDEA student may enroll in our technology classes to explore something new or focus on technology to gain real-world expertise.

Course offerings include

  • AutoCAD I
  • AutoCAD II
  • Microsoft Academy

Learn more about what students learn in these classes what’s required to enroll.

Our AutoCAD classes help prepare students for careers in

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Architecture
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Fashion design
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Interior design
  • Jewelry design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Military service