IDEA Public Charter School

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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: (202) 399-4750
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About IDEA

IDEA Public Charter School in Washington, DC challenges, motivates, and strengthens the intellect of all of our students, whether they are pursuing paths to college or the workforce. Founded in 1997, IDEA is located in a state-of-the-art educational facility in historic Deanwood. In addition to rigorous core academics, IDEA offers robust career and technical education pathways including business management, child development, computer science, and construction technology.

IDEA also provides athletic and extracurricular programming to promote teamwork, leadership, and discovery with a variety of activities that range from gardening and cooking to the National Honor Society and a student advisory council. Activities change from year to year according to need, faculty expertise, and suggestions from the student body. Our athletic teams compete in the DC Public Charter School League and have won several championships. 

Read IDEA's profile, with financial and operational documents, on the DC Public Charter School Board website.

Growth Equation Motto

Growth = Reflection + Refinement + Effort

2022-2023 Priorities

Growing from good to great through innovative methods in order to restore:

  • Empathetic engagement with scholars and staff
  • Enrichment for learning
  • Equitable processes for all


Prepare students with academic, social, leadership, and occupational skills for post-secondary opportunities and to be responsible citizens who contribute to the community.