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IDEA Head of School and CEO Takes His Leave

The end of this school year will mark the end of an era at IDEA as Justin Rydstrom, IDEA’s head of school and CEO, takes his leave. In his decade of leadership, Mr. Rydstrom was a guiding force in IDEA’s transformation, propelling us into a Bold Performance Award-winning school. With his guidance, IDEA has exceeded our enrollment targets, ensured staff retention, and expanded building renovations, including a new state of the art kitchen and student commons slated for completion in August 2022.
His signature accomplishment was building IDEA’s CTE program into the leading program of its kind in the Washington, DC school system. He also secured an innovative partnership with Educare to create an onsite childcare center that both provides childcare for the Deanwood community and offers an onsite internship location for our Child Development pathway scholars.
We wish him the best in his future endeavors!
1. Mr. Rydstrom and Dr. Michelle Walker-Davis, executive director of D.C. Public Charter School Board, tour IDEA's classrooms.
2. Mr. Rydstrom and two of his IDEA mentees pose for a photo at IDEA's senior prom.
3. Two more mentees join Mr. Rydstrom for a photo at the prom.
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