IDEA Public Charter School

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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: 202-399-4750
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Administrative Policies and Notices

IDEA Public Charter Schools proudly participates in the school breakfast and national school lunch feeding program. IDEA Public Charter Schools serves these meals free of charge.
Non-discrimination Statement

IDEA PCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Justin Rydstrom, Head of School
IDEA Public Charter High School
1027 45th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: 202-399-4750
USDA Non-discrimination Statement 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1)  mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2)  fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3)  email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Also, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, approved December 13, 1977 (DC law 2-38; DC official code §2-1402.11(2006), as amended) states the following:

It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice to do any of the following acts, wholly or partially for a discriminatory reason based upon the actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation of any individual. To file a complaint alleging discrimination on one of these bases, please contact the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights at (202) 727-4559 or

Policy Update: IDEA Scholars Must Leave School by 4:30pm


February 21, 2020


Dear IDEA Families,


All of us at IDEA take seriously our responsibility to keep scholars safe and secure during the school day and at IDEA-sponsored afterschool activities. This is a friendly reminder that scholars must leave IDEA every day by 4:30pm unless they are participating in an athletic practice or game or another school-sponsored event. Scholars and their families must make plans for where scholars will be and what they will be doing after 4:30 pm. Our teachers and staff are not available to supervise scholars after 5pm.


On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, scholars are dismissed at 3:25pm. On Wednesdays, dismissal is at 1:10 pm and scholars who are not participating in IDEA-sponsored extracurricular activities are expected to leave the building at that time prior to 1:30 pm.


During dismissal, IDEA has refined a targeted monitoring safe passage plan to assist with scholars dismissal around the perimeter of the school. We provide a free safe passage shuttle bus that leaves at 3:30pm and stops at the Deanwood, Benning Road, and Minnesota Avenue Metro stations. We offer tutoring from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Scholars who are still at IDEA after 3:30pm must be participating in tutoring or a staff-led activity. All scholars are encouraged to take the quickest and safest route home after school dismisses. Parents, we are asking for your support with ensuring that scholars do not loiter and that they avoid any conflict during this time period. 


We understand that circumstances arise occasionally when a parent will arrive late to pick up a scholar. Families that require exceptions should contact Principal McCrae to discuss their situation. 


Please make sure your scholar has a plan to leave IDEA no later than 4:30 pm. Scholars can walk safely from school to bus stops or Metro stations so they can easily travel home, to a family member’s home, or to afterschool jobs or outside activities. 


We appreciate our families working with our teachers and staff to keep our children safe.



Lori Briscoe
Dean of Culture


cc: Nicole McCrae