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. 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. Activities may change from year to year.

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

Growth Equation Motto

Growth = Reflection + Refinement + Effort

2021-2022 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.


Our executive leadership team is
Executive Director | Justin Rydstrom
Principal |
Nicole McCrae
Our principal's cabinet is

Academic Coach | Natalie Barnes
Director of Career & Technical Education | Andrea Zimmermann
Director of Intervention & Scholar Programming | Charlene Evans-Smith
Operations Manager | Tracy Eichelberger
Vice Principal | Shomari Jennings
Our administrative team is
Dean of Culture | Lori Briscoe
Dean of Students | Ulises Bengoechea
Director of Clinical Services | Melody Washington 
Director of Exceptional Education | Sybil Pernell
Food Service Manager | Malika Joseph