Message from the School Leaders

Thank you for your interest in the IDEA School!

We believe, as Sir Ken Robinson notes, that it is time for a new model in K-12 education. It is time for more authentic, inquiry-based learning to be the basis upon which everything else is built. And it is time we paid attention to students’ social and emotional development as well as their intellectual and academic development.

The IDEA School provides a child-centered education that nurtures competence, creativity, collaboration, and compassion through work that is meaningful to students and promotes lifelong learning. Through teamwork and creative problem-solving, IDEA School students grow to take charge of their learning and therefore their lives, both in and out of school.

We help our students build the kinds of skills that lead to success both today and in their futures, like communicating and collaborating well with others, taking different perspectives, resolving conflicts, persevering, holding onto their innate curiosity about the world, and being creative.

We are proud to be an Ashoka Changemaker School!

We are committed to being 100% accessible to all families, regardless of income, and have maintained that commitment since day one.  We are also committed to building a strong community of families — with a shared commitment to the success of all our children and regular opportunities to contribute skills, talents, and expertise to the IDEA School community.

We aim to show what’s possible when you engage students holistically and make sure that each and every child succeeds.

We’re glad you’re interested in applying to the IDEA School. We think you’ve made a great choice!


 *We welcome you to reach out to us with questions about our program*


Jaime L. Johnson, Co-Founder & Co-Director: Programming, Curriculum, & Student Services ~  

Laura Wilson Etter, Co-Director: Programming, Curriculum, & Student Services ~ 

Bahne M. Kuehne, Co-Director: Operations, Community Impact & Family Well-Being ~          



Policy of Non-Discrimination

The IDEA School strongly values diversity in our student body, staff, and Board of Directors and aims, through our composition, values, and practices, to reflect the diversity of the Tucson community.

The IDEA School admits students of any race, color, national original, ethnic origin, socio-economic status, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, and physical ability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national original, ethnic origin, socio-economic status, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status or physical ability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship/financial aid policies and programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.