Our Approach


Every child can and will succeed if given the opportunity.

No student’s potential should be limited by the color of their skin, where they live or household income.

IDEA Public Schools is committed to a vision of College For All Children.

Through our unique curriculum and our college support model comprising people, programs, and culture, we are closing the opportunity gap and increasing levels of achievement by preparing students from underserved communities for success in college and citizenship.

15 YRS

For the past fifteen years, since our students have started graduating from high school, 100% of our students have been
accepted to college.


In the past seven years, our average ACT score has increased from 17 to 21.5.


More than 3,500 of IDEA Academy and College Prep students read more than one million words and passed comprehension tests during the academic year.


IDEA Public Schools’ approach to education is focused on college preparation for all children. Our elementary curriculum includes a hybrid learning model known as BetterIDEA, in which all elementary students participate. Our college prep curriculum focuses on college preparation across all subjects.


Since our first high school graduating class fourteen years ago, we have achieved 100% college acceptance among our seniors as well as a college graduation rate five times the national average for students from low-income communities.

In addition, our full-scale high schools are ranked among the very best and most challenging schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post.


IDEA believes that character and culture are critical components to our students’ success in school and life.

IDEA students, staff, and families hold themselves and each other to the high expectations and core values that guide all IDEA Public Schools.

IDEA Public Schools will participate in 100% in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year across all regions and states. Due to current state laws, we cannot legally offer a virtual learning option for this school year. If state legislation changes to allow for a virtual option, we will reassess our policies and share updates with families.