Message from the School Directors

Thank you for your interest in the IDEA School!

We believe, as Sir Ken Robinson and others have stated, that it is time for a new model in K-12 education. It is time for more authentic, inquiry-based learning to be the basis upon which everything else is built. And it is time we paid attention to students’ social and emotional development as well as their intellectual development.

The IDEA School provides an inquiry-based education that is engaging and collaborative. We nurture students’ ability to take on challenging problems and do meaningful work, and help them become compassionate, intelligent learners. Students interact with real-world experts and pose and seek the answers to their own questions.

We are committed to nurturing our students’ social-emotional development, helping them build the kinds of skills that lead to success both today and in their futures, like collaborating well with others, perspective-taking, resolving conflicts, taking healthy risks, articulating needs and recognizing others’ needs, and having the confidence to experiment, “fail,” adapt, and try again. We are proud to be an Ashoka Changemaker School!

We are committed to building a strong community of families — with a shared commitment to the success of all our children and regular opportunities to contribute skills, talents, and expertise.

We aim to show what’s possible when you engage students in meaningful work grounded in their own experience, interests, and questions.

We’re glad you’re interested in applying to the IDEA School. We think you’ve made a great choice!



David R. Higuera

Jaime L. Johnson
Co-Director and Lead Collaborator


Policy of Non-Discrimination

The IDEA School admits students of any race, color, national original, ethnic origin, socio-economic status, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status and physical ability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national original, ethnic origin, socio-economic status, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status or physical ability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship/financial aid policies and programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.