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At IDEAS Academy we are dedicated to preparing students for our rapidly changing world, one that increasingly values conceptualization, innovation, and empathy. We are moving into an era where creative thinking is valued as much as critical thinking and basic communication skills are no longer enough. Those that thrive will have the ability to understand what moves humankind, the ability to create relationships, and the ability to think holistically.

We live in an unprecedented time, one that requires an educational shift to ensure our students are prepared for the future. At IDEAS Academy students learn to use their mind well and thrive in an era with exponential growth in technology and information. Our graduates are powerful communicators, innovators, and leaders.

Current Students & Families

We have a busy and vibrant learning community. Please use our Community Page for information from our main office, our Blog for updates on student projects and events, and our Calendar to plan ahead for a busy fall.


 We are in the process of converting to the Skyward student information system.

Enrollment Information

SASD families interested in enrolling their child at IDEAS Academy for the current schol year or the 2017-2018 school year should complete an Intradistrict/Charter School Transfer Request. Families residing outside the SASD should complete an Open Enrollment Application. Please visit the SASD Enrollment Page for more information and contact our enrollment coordinator, Erica Brown, at ebrown@etudegroup.org.

If you would like to experience IDEAS Academy before enrollment, please join us for an information night or shadow day. 

Information Meetings
Thursday, January 26th, 6:00pm
Tuesday, February 7th, 6:00pm
Thursday, April 20th, 6:00pm

Shadow Days
Thursday, February 2nd, 7:55am
Thursday, March 14th, 7:55am
Tuesday, May 2nd, 7:55am

Please contact our Enrollment Coordinator, Erica Brown, if you have any questions regarding the enrollment process or events at The Mosaic School or at IDEAS Academy. If you are participating in a Shadow day, please complete either the Mosaic School Permission Slip or the IDEAS Academy Permission Slip.


Building Community through Town Hall

As clusters of students and staff alike filter into the IDEAS Academy Drama Room, there is animated chatter that is only heightened by an air of anticipation. An advisory cohort gathers in a tight circle in the front of the room, heads bowed closely together to shield their secrets from the rest of the group. As the entirety of the school settles, a student steps ahead of the group and hollers:

Read more about Building Community through Town Hall.

IDEAS Student Receives Honorable Mention

Screen Shot 2017 03 06 at 5.12.14 PM Hannah Staats, a senior at IDEAS Academy, was awarded with an honorable mention throughout the Midwest for her writing portfolio. She submitted a group of works compiled mostly of flash fiction, poetry, and some prose to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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IDEAS Student To Be In Navy’s Nuclear Program

Screen Shot 2017 03 06 at 5.04.46 PM I spoke with Jeremy Sharp, a senior at IDEAS Academy who recently enlisted in the United States Navy’s Nuclear Program. Below, Sharp talks of his future plans, worries, and offers his advice to others hoping to follow a similar path.

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MAKER Break | Open Studio at IDEAS/Mosaic
When: March 30 2017 - March 30 2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Great World Text | Annual Student Conference (Issues and Ethics)
When: April 2 2017 - April 3 2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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School Reconvenes
When: April 3 2017 - April 3 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm