Applications Are Being Accepted

for the Class of 2021!!!

The 2017-18 school year IDEA Academy application is now online.  


Or, pick up a hard copy in the main office (at South Meck).  Applications may be submitted via student's middle school counselor at registration time, to the main office (at South Meck), or emailed directly to our Director:


IDEA Academy Scholarships

Dear IDEA Academy Students:

Attached is the 2017 Scholarship Application for seniors that are graduating from South Mecklenburg High School in June 2017. This scholarship is limited to students who are currently enrolled and participating in the IDEA Academy.

The Scholarship Application is due back by March 30, 2017. Please submit your response to Ms. Wesselman at Please coordinate with Ms. Wesselman in advance of March 30th if you do not have access to email and need to submit your application by another means. Please remember to include one Letter of Recommendation in addition to completing the Scholarship Application.

The amount of the Scholarship will be based on the following criteria. The criteria below are not listed in any specific order. The scholarship will be a minimum amount of $500 and a maximum amount of $2,000.

  • Number of applications received
  • Basis of Need
  • IDEA Academy Participation
  • Scholarship Application Response
  • Community Involvement
  • Letter of Recommendation

The Scholarship funds will be distributed based upon the receipt of documentation demonstrating enrollment into a post-secondary education.

Thank you for your participation in the IDEA Academy and good luck on your future endeavors!

NewGen Peacebuilders

A huge congratulations to our Next Generation IDEA Peacebuilders:

Audrey Yeh
Beckett Stillman
Madilyn Millea
Sophia Isreal

We are honored to have you representing IDEA!  To learn more about this exciting opportunity click here.

Operation 9/12

Click here for more info

If You Plant It... They Will Come

The monarch butterfly is endangered.  Last year, one of our goals was to build two butterfly gardens - we did it here and across the street!!  The garden club found monarch caterpillars in our parsley!!!!  


"Success in The New Economy" Youtube Video

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Contact Academy Director

Barbara Wesselman
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Adult Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help supervise Greenhouse projects and activities!  Any amount of time is appreciated!  We want to keep our growing going!!!  Contact Barbara at


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Partner with IDEA through a donation, supplies, job shadowing or internship opportunities, scholarship, sponsorship, and more.


Barbara Biesak Wesselman

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