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IDEA - Integrated Design & Electronic Academy PCS

Charter | 7-12 | 200 students

Preparing students with academic, social, leadership, and occupational skills

 
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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

IDEA is a brilliant school with a even more caring and attentive staff. As a student attending IDEA pcs I appreciate everything this school is doing for my I also believe that the teachers and other staff make the school a wonderful place to learn. The only improvement I would recommend is the school's lunch, other than that I am completely happy.


Posted November 6, 2013

The best things about IDEA are our great students and fantastic teaching team. The school is a small, tight-knit community that's like a second family, growing and learning together. Teachers and staff members go the extra mile to support each individual student, regardless of their current academic level. There is a real sense of pride at the school right now as we build a culture of excellence in academics, athletics, arts/design, leadership, service, and technology. We encourage you to come for a tour or open house and see for yourself!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 2, 2013

idea has great teachers, the staff is outstanding, i have never had a bad experience there, the staff has helped me alot with my child, and showed me way to cope with the child. good school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

I enrolled my son because I heard it was a good school. And my experience with the teachers and staff has been exceptional. Ireceive daily emails of my sons behavior and work ethic from ALL of his teachers. The downside is you don't get proper notification of trips, closings or half- days. Other than that it is an awesome school. My son enjoys being there and is excited to attend next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

I love my school IDEA PCS. For the most part the school is excellent, has an excellent curriculum with rigorous work for the students. The school standing alone is good, it's just that some of the students make it look bad by refusing to do their work even if they get suspended or failed because I encountered a lot of students who had stayed back in school and noticed the reason they stayed back. The only negative review I have about the school is that they have too many rules.


Posted November 1, 2010

I love IDEA PCS because of it's dedication to the students as well as the community involvement. I am also impressed with their Computer Repair Program that will afford interested students in obtaining certifications in A+, Networking and Cisco.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

My Son failed miserably in this school. great promises to get your kid in the door and then they drop the ball. Fake promotinal pictures and advertisiement. Nothing current. Most discernig-I never saw the Principle of the school, never at a PTA meeting, never at any functions, never available upon request, never walking in the hall, never in her office-who is she?? The office staff has a kind of deer in the headlight look when you walk in the office-they never greet you and say may I help you. They are quick to tell you to have a seat in the "parent Center" and often forget you are there. The leadership caters to the Gang activity rather that gang prevention. Dress Code is Lax. Great Teachers for the most part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2008

I am a parent of two students attending IDEA and one eldest son whom which graudated a few years ago. My eldest son excelled and went on to jion the Navy. My two younger son are in the Junior Acad. and in High School. I love the school and the communition. The staff are very reliable . IDEA turn boys into Men, responsible men.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

My son attends this school and have attended this school for 3 years. He is now a Junior. The teachers keep you informed on your child's progress. The academic programs are awesome! My son is taking courses at this school that are actually preparing him for college should he decide to attend college. He's also taken classes that will prepare him for the workforce if he doesn't decide to attend college. I know that if my son had not attended this school, he would not have been properly prepared for the real world except under my guidance. I applaud IDEA. I am very greatful for all of the teachers being so committed to the students. Thanks IDEA
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
43%
Writing

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
36%
Science

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
17%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%
Writing

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

149 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

148 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

41 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
17%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 45% in 2011.

15 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
13%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Students61%
Black, non-Hispanic61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Black, non-Hispanic58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Students65%
Black, non-Hispanic65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Black, non-Hispanic73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students50%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Students39%
Black, non-Hispanic39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Black, non-Hispanic57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students37%

Writing

All Students23%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

In 2012-2013, this school was designated "Reward".

About the tests


The DC school classification system includes multiple measures to evaluate performance and student growth. The possible classifications, from highest to lowest, are Reward, Rising, Developing, Focus and Priority. These measures include the DC CAS, annual growth, graduation rates, attendance rates and participation rates. Under the system, required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), each school is given a School Index Score based on the performance of its students. Schools receive different levels of support, resources, flexibility and monitoring based on their classification.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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ACT/SAT participation

48%

ACT/SAT college ready

3%

Graduation rate

78%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 DC CAS results from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 99% 1%
Two or more races N/A 57%
White N/A 1%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/AN/A
Special education 17%N/A13%
English learners 0%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 86%N/AN/A
Female 87%N/AN/A
Male 86%N/AN/A
Asian/Pacific Islander 95%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 86%N/AN/A
Hispanic 95%N/AN/A
White, not Hispanic 80%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 87%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 83%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 84%N/AN/A
General-Education students 87%N/AN/A
Not limited English proficient 86%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Graduation rate

  This school District averageState average
All Students 93%N/A75%
Female 93%N/A77%
Male 93%N/A71%
Black, not Hispanic 93%N/A77%
White, not Hispanic 100%N/A73%
Economically disadvantaged 94%N/A96%
Not economically disadvantaged 91%N/A58%
Students with disabilities 100%N/A94%
General-Education students 92%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Cesar Chavez Parkside Middle School
Kelly Miller Middle School
HD Woodson High School
Colleges most students attend after graduation UDC
Penn State
Tuskegee
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • OSSE Reward School (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drill team
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 4:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Justin Rydstrom
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 399-4783

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Dance club
  • Drill team
  • JROTC
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • burgundy, grey
School mascot
  • Timberwolves
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
200
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
200
Students typically come from these schools
Cesar Chavez Parkside Middle School
Kelly Miller Middle School
HD Woodson High School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
UDC
Penn State
Tuskegee
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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1027 45th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20019
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Phone: (202) 399-4750

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