All children are intrinsically motivated learners and constructors of knowledge. All children can develop a deep sense of empathy and compassion for others. The IDEA School promotes these qualities and helps our students build upon them, for the benefit of themselves, their families, our community, and the world. The IDEA School models community expectations and community-based solutions. They hold each other accountable and understand the natural consequences of their choices. The adults at the IDEA School hold ourselves to this same standard, and model this level of accountability for the kids in everything we do. Educators don’t give false praise, but rather, descriptive feedback. There is not just one path to success at our school. The IDEA School is very clear: there are a number of ways to contribute to the community and to express ideas and expertise.