IDEA Public Charter School

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1027 45th St. NE, Washington, DC 20019 Phone: 202-399-4750
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Jobs at IDEA PCS

IDEA is now accepting applications for teaching positions for the 2019-2020 school year!

IDEA Public Charter School in Washington DC is designed to challenge, motivate, and strengthen the intellect of all of students, whether they are pursuing paths to college, the workforce, or the military. Founded in 1997, IDEA is located in a state-of-the-art educational facility in the historic Deanwood community. In addition to rigorous core academics, IDEA offers the Academy of Construction and Design to teach skilled trades, early childhood education classes, US Army Junior ROTC, green initiatives, and interscholastic sports.

Why Teachers Love IDEA

Focus on the individual

Students and teachers can get lost in large high schools. Our small school size, wrap-around service model, and low teacher-to-student ratio are integral to building the individual relationships students need to pursue their dreams.

Collaborative growth

Our teachers work together to ensure that students see meaningful connections across the curriculum.  Leaders provide data-driven coaching to ensure that all teachers are growing alongside their students.


To honor the extraordinary commitment of our teachers IDEA provides compensation matching DC Public Schools’ exceptional pay scale and benefits.

Current Openings

  • Athletic Coaches 
  • Dean of Student Support
  • Director of Special Education 
  • Operations Associate for Recruitment, Retention, and Enrollment 
  • Paraprofessional for Special Education 
  • Special Education Teacher 
  • Teachers (all subjects) 

How Our Hiring Process Works

Our selection process is design to help you learn about IDEA as we learn about you. Steps in our process include:

1. Application: Send a resume and cover letter to with the role you are seeking (e.g. Biology Teacher) in the subject line.

2. Reference check: We speak with two to four former managers or peers to get their perspectives on the great things you bring to the table for scholars everyday.

3. Phone screen: We have some questions for you and expect you have some for us as well. Let’s get to know each other a little better.

4. Data exercise: Strong data practices are key to great instruction. This exercise allows you to see how we approach data and gives us a sense of your background in this realm.

5. In-person lesson and interview: Get to know our scholars through a 20-minute demonstration lesson as we get to know how you approach classroom culture and learning. We will wrap up the day with an extended conversation.