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 courses including construction and design, early childhood education, computer programming, environmental entrepreneurship, and more. Our athletic teams compete in the DC Public Charter School League and have won several championships. IDEA scholars have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including beekeeping, cooking, gardening, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, peer mentoring, spoken word, student government, and more. 

Click here to see the DC Public Charter School Board school profile that includes school transparency documents for IDEA.

2019-2020 Priorities


IDEA has established five priorities for this school year:

  • Students are at school.
  • Students are focused on their work.
  • The work is aligned to strong curriculum.
  • Reading interventions are in place for (new) students 2+ grade levels behind.
  • Career programming is in place and coherent
Our mission is to prepare students with academic, social, leadership, and occupational skills for post-secondary opportunities and to be responsible citizens who contribute to the community.
Our executive leadership team is
Head of School and CEO Justin Rydstrom
Nicole McCrae
Chief Operations Officer 
Nicole Seward
Our administrative core team is

Vice Principal
Shomari Jennings
Director of Student Support Services
Melody Washington 
Dean of Culture Lori Briscoe
Academic Counselor Sara Sharpe
Director of Career and Technical Education Andrea Zimmermann
School Outreach & Student Resource Coordinator Taylor Ray