IDEA Public Charter School

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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: (202) 399-4750
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Student Support Services

IDEA offers support services for students when parents, teachers or staff, or scholars themselves request them. Our social workers and psychologists help scholars dealing with a wide range of issues including:


Our student support services team includes:

  • Sybil Pernell, Director of Special Education. Email Ms. Pernell.
  • Melody Washington, Director of Clinical Services, oversees student support and clinical services and provide crisis care. She also provides referrals to counseling services for general education students. Email Ms. Washington.
  • Yvette Brown, Social Worker, provides support for 9th and 10th grade exceptional learners, parenting scholars, and those experiencing bereavement. Email Ms. Brown
  • MaryCatherine Balcom, Social Worker, provides support for 11th and 12th grade exceptional learners, scholars with 504 plans, and scholars who are homeless. Email Ms. MaryCatherine

To refer a student for support services or request a consultation, please fill out this secure form. One of our clinical team members will respond to your request as soon as possible. Thank you.