• Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA)*

    Launched 9th grade implementation in 2015-16 and expanded by one grade-level per year

    Principal: Nakima Hicks, nahicks@dallasisd.org
    Assistant Principal: Tanyania Bobb, tbobb@dallasisd.org

    What We Do:
    The Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy is a community of innovators challenging assumptions and designing creative solutions, one student at a time.

    How We Do It:
    IDEA knows our one-of-a-kind students deserve a one-of-a-kind education, so we (1) facilitate a personalized educational model, allowing students to learn what they need to know, when and how it's best for them; (2) connect students with mentors and internships to prepare them for life after high school; and (3)  use restorative practices to grow Next Generation Skills like critical thinking and collaboration that develop our students of today into the innovators of tomorrow.

    Key Components of Our Personalized Learning Model:
    ✓ One-to-one student mentoring program
    ✓ Internships in a field of each student’s choice
    ✓ Student-paced lessons and personalized instructional pathways
    ✓ One-to-one student laptops to support adaptive instruction
    ✓ Next Generation Skills rubrics
    ✓ Student-led goal setting

    Proudest Accomplishments:
    ✓ Achieving the highest District exam scores among all comprehensive high schools in English, World Geography, and Algebra II
    ✓ Outscoring district averages in Algebra and English I EOC state exams
    ✓ Securing more than 50 student internships
    ✓ Partnering with nearly 200 mentors to support students
  • *The Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy or IDEA is not affiliated with or endorsed by IDEA Public Schools. The marks IDEA is used with the permission of IDEA Public Schools.