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Starting in eighth grade students can apply for admission into IDEA.  Each interested applicant needs to fill out an online application and submit it by the due date. 

Students applying for acceptance after their freshman year will be accepted on a case by case basis.  For more information see the academy coordinator or speak to your counselor.  Once admitted to IDEA students are expected to remain in the academy as long as they can maintain the academy membership requirements (see Requirements and Expectations section).

IDEA Applications

Interested in applying?  Click here for the online application.  For more information or if you have questions please email the recrutiment coordinator:  Colin Denney-

Graduation Cord Requirements

In order to receive a graduation cord, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Academy Membership
  2. At least 40 units of Academy Elective Classes (ie engineering classes)
  3. Pass Advocacy class all 4 years

IDEA Mission Statement

The mission of the IDEA at Pleasant Grove High School is to: increase student achievement through a smaller learning community focusing on clean technology and renewable energy; explore career pathways related to the engineering sector; to provide job shadowing and mentoring opportunities in industry fields; to connect those fields to secondary academic learning; and to encourage student career exploration through a solid educationand real life experiences.




There are many advantages to being an IDEA student.  These may include, but are not limited to:

·Preferential Registration

·Field trips

·Guest speakers

·Community service

·Academy core classes

·Academy Advocacy classes

·Earn college credits

·College application notation

·Exposure to industry software


·Job internships

·Academy awards

·Graduation honors

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The Elk Grove Unified School District welcomes those with disabilities to participate fully in the programs, services, and activities offered to students, parents, guardians and members of the public.  If you need a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in any program, service or activity offered to you, please contact the Career Technical Education Department at 916-686-7709 at least 48 hours before the scheduled event so that we may make every reasonable effort to accommodate you.  Government Code: Section 54953.2; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 202 (42 U.S.C. Section 12132.)



2016 IDEA Seniors

2016 IDEA Seniors

What is the Innovative Design and Engineering Academy?

The IDEA (Innovative Design and Engineering Academy) is a technology driven program with an engineering academic pathway.

IDEA students learn the fundamentals of both architectural and mechanical CADD, experience a hands-on engineering lab and create animated 3D (3 dimensional) models.

Academy students also share the same core classes of English, Social Studies, and Science.  This allows students to use their technology skills and knowledge towards mastering the standards in both these subjects.  Students also complete projects that bridge these classes as well as their technology class.

Students are also grouped into Academy Advocacy classes.  These half hour classes meet every Thursday and allow students to hear about upcoming events and build relationships between other academy students and teachers.

Yet, the IDEA is more than just a group of classes or a set of electives.  It is a program that allows students to be part of a select group on campus.  Academy members have access to state of the art computer, engineering, and construction labs.  Students also learn valuable skills and experiences they can then apply to future jobs in a wide range of technology fields.

Finally, the academy also lets students showcase their own creative talents and be part of a truly amazing group on campus.  Students attend guest speaker presentations, go on field trips, and compete in local and national competitions.

Engineering Classes

Engineering Mastery Courses include

  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Principals of Engineering A
  • Design and Implementation
  • Principals of Engineering B

CAD Animation Lab

The CAD computer lab gives students the opportunity to use industry standard software (AutoDesk's AutoCAD). Students have access to a four-color plotter and laser printer to print out their projects.

Advanced students learn Inventory, AutoDesk's 3D modeling program, and have an opportunity to draw complete sets of floor plans using Architectural Desktop.

Engineering/Construction Lab

The engineering lab houses 18 individual workstations each with a specific hands-on engineering lab activity. After successfully completing the lab activities, students collaborate in groups to create a product using the lessons learned in the engineering labs. The lab is equipped with a complete woodworking and welding shop.

Course Sequence

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade

Principles of Engineering A

Design and Implementation

Principles of Engineering B

English IDEA English 9 IDEA English 10 IDEA English 11 IDEA English 12
Science IDEA General Science IDEA Biology IDEA Chemistry  
Social Science IDEA Geography IDEA World History IDEA US History

IDEA Economics

IDEA American Government

Math IDEA Math 1      


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Requirements and Expectations

In order for students to sustain active membership in the IDEA they are expected to maintain the following:

  • Take academy courses each year
  • No suspensions
  • Senior Portfolio is 50% academy projects

Students must adhere to academy membership rules each semester they are a member of IDEA.  If a student violates any one of these rules they are placed on probation for a semester.  If the infraction is severe the student may not be placed on probation but rather dismissed from the academy immediately.  When a student goes on academy probation they will meet with the academy coordinator and staff to discuss any issues jeopardizing their membership. The student will also sign a contract outlining their plan to become a member in good standing again.  If at the end of the probationary semester they have still not adhered to the membership rules the student will be dismissed from IDEA.

While on probation a student may not participate in any academy field trips.  Probation will last for one semester.  If a student fails to meet any academy standards at the end of their probation semester they will be dropped from the academy.  Ultimately, it is up to the academy coordinator and academy staff to make any and all decisions regarding student membership.

Academy Teachers/Staff

Axtell, Christopher
Social Science Teacher
Bainter, Erica
Social Science Teacher
Blume, Lauren
Cesaretti, Cami
Chemistry Teacher
Denney, Colin
Grima, Carly
Science Teacher
Grovhoug, Dawn
Counselor Smi-Z
Holy, Melinda
Social Science Teacher
Hunter, Rebecca
English Teacher/IDEA Coordinator
Luhdorff, Kevin
Sandoval, Gabriel
Segal, Dave
English Teacher
Taylor, Theresa
English Teacher
Tejpal, Renu
van Brenk, Ed
Assistant Principal
Winder, Jason
Young, Michael
Industrial Technology Teacher