Why Giving to IDEA Matters

Help us improve education for all students

As a country, we are too focused on standardization of education — including standardized testing — despite strong evidence that our focus on this narrowly-defined notion of accountability and success has actually hindered, rather than supported, student learning. And, it has made the achievement gap between wealthy students and poor students even worse. (See Deborah Meier)

There is another way. The IDEA School aims to be a model for high standards in a community where all kids succeed, without falling into the trap of standardization.

Through consistent use of inquiry-based learning and the nurturing of a positive school culture, we are showing that students are capable of much more than we traditionally have expected of them. We are showing that when you create an environment in which mutual respect is the norm and children’s desire to be constructive and engaged learners is honored, all children thrive.

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Be an innovator

When you make a gift to the IDEA School, you become our partner in innovation. You are helping push the envelope in Arizona, and putting Tucson on the map with cities like San FranciscoNew York, and Boston, where inquiry-based and empathy-building schools like ours are thriving.

Be an innovator and support Tucson. Make a gift of any amount, today!

Support Equity

More than 90% of IDEA School students attend on need-based financial aid.  We are committed to being accessible to all families, regardless of income — today and as we continue to grow.

Your investment is critical to helping us provide this rich educational experience for all interested students and families.  Support equity and a diverse group of future leaders. Contribute today.