Thank you to everyone who took part in the Big IDEA—our 20th anniversary celebration on November 18. Hundreds of guests, including founders, alumni, staff, scholars, community members, and other supported came together to honor the work we have been doing with young people in our community for two decades.
We extend our gratitude to all of the members—past and present—of our Board of Trustees, who shared their vision for IDEA and helped guide the school to make the vision a reality. We also appreciate our generous event sponsors Miller and Long, EdOps, Stoiber + Associates, and Online School Management Systems for making it possible for us to celebrate this special occasion.
As we celebrate IDEA’s 20th anniversary, we look back on the more than 500 scholars with diverse interests, skills, and aspirations who have graduated from IDEA and gone on to forge careers in a wide variety of fields, including technology, construction and design, and the military. While our alumni follow their own unique dreams and passions, what we hear again and again from scholars and graduates is that IDEA’s teachers and staff members pushed them to achieve more than they thought possible, instilling the confidence scholars needed to succeed. The IDEA family goes the extra mile to ensure that all scholars grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
Providing rigorous classroom instruction, real-world hands-on learning opportunities, and extensive services for scholars of all abilities can be demanding work. We are grateful that you believe in our scholars as much as we do, and thank you for your support. The dedication and generosity of our community partners, volunteers, sponsors, Deanwood neighbors, and families enable IDEA to continue to educate, motivate, and cultivate our scholars.
Because of our small class sizes and strong support for all of our scholars, no one slips through the cracks at IDEA. We make sure every scholar is advancing, achieving, and aiming high. Scholars know we care about them and we won’t give up on them, even when—or especially when—they are struggling. We make sure every one of our seniors is accepted to at least one college, and that they leave IDEA with leadership skills and hands-on experiences that will serve them well in any profession they pursue.