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A unique and flexible educational opportunity for Northern Nevada students
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About ICDA

I Can Do Anything Charter High School in Reno, NV provides a unique and flexible educational opportunity for Northern Nevada students. With a warm and nurturing environment, ICDA's students have been able to experience educational success and personal growth…many of them for the first time in a long time.

Most of our youth thrive in the school because of small class sizes, which allows them to get the kind of personalized attention they deserve, and often need. Formed by a team of teachers, administrators and community leaders in 1998, ICDA has emerged as one of the great success stories in Nevada's early history of charter schools.

As Nevada's first charter school, ICDA's best practices have become a standard of excellence. ICDA provides an environment that encourages students to believe in themselves and individually helps to guide them to reach their goals.

This is a school where students, teachers and administrators work closely together as a team to build character and self-esteem while providing for an excellent education. Much attention goes into maintaining a positive attitude and healthy learning environment at ICDA. Many students who are challenged with fitting in at a traditional school setting, find ICDA to offer a refreshing and often life-changing difference.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to instill

Integrity Character Dedication Achievement

Through innovative education

Vision Statement

We teach the power of knowledge and the power of hope

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is ICDA tuition-free?

A: Yes, ICDA is a tuition-free high school. Some lab fees for certain classes may apply.  There is a one-time, refundable $25 book deposit fee at first-time registration.

Q: Is ICDA a public school?

A: Yes, ICDA is a public high school, fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.  ICDA is the first charter school in the state of Nevada, and is sponsored by Washoe County School District. 

Q: What kinds of kids go to ICDA?

A: All kinds.  Many of our students who felt challenged with fitting in, and may have fallen through the cracks in the traditional school setting, find that ICDA offers a refreshing and often life-changing difference.  The diversity of ICDA kids’ talents is amazing – academics, in the arts, leadership skills, compassion and community service…  For some kids, personal discovery of their own hidden talents is just around the corner!  

Q: Is there transportation to ICDA?

A: ICDA does not provide school-bus transportation.  Many of our students use Citifare public transportation.  Students are allowed to drive their own vehicles to school as long as they adhere to the guidelines as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook. 

Q: What makes ICDA different from traditional high schools?

  • A:
    • Small, personalized classes.  Classroom student-to-teacher ratio averages 18:1
    • Students usually take only four classes per nine-week block.  Longer class periods mean less homework and a better understanding of the subject  matter
    • Flexible schedules;  ICDA offers regular, hybrid, and distance education classes
    • Arts Center focuses on:  Dance, Media, Photography and Visual arts
    • Zero-tolerance for alcohol, drugs, and violence; ICDA is a safe place
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Digital Media Arts

Performing Arts

Marty LewisLed by Marty Lewis, the ICDA performing arts program offers a unique opportunity for students to explore and expand their performing arts creativity. Courses include instruction in a variety of dance forms and styles that culminate in award-winning performances.

 

2013 ICDA Graduation Performance Clip

2010 Open House Performance Clip

Visual Arts

Under the direction of Nazanin Arastoo, the ICDA Charter High School visual arts department develops students into critical thinkers and creators.  All Visual Arts projects are grounded in state and national standards providing students with the foundations required to enter art careers and colleges confidently.  ICDA students will explore the world art through history, theory, academics, community, and careers toward an increased development of individualized creative style.

Digital Media Arts

Ray Wojdynski directs ICDA's digital media arts department using industry-standard hardware and software. Digital arts students produce creative and innovative graphic works for a variety of purposes and outputs including short films, commercials, PSA’s and documentaries. Areas of study in the program include the understanding of the industry history, terminology, color, design principles, typography and ethical and legal issues related to graphic designs.  Emphasis is placed on layout design and the creation and manipulation of graphics.

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ICDA Distance Education

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Tuition-Free Online High School Distance Education Program

The most flexible distance education program offered in Nevada designed to fit individual needs
  • Flexible scheduling:  Start and complete courses on your time schedule
  • Accelerate credit: Most courses can be completed in 40 hours or less
  • Available on-line 24/7 from any computer with Internet access
  • You choose your school hours
  • Move through courses at your own pace
  • Work on one-to-four courses at a time
  • All core courses plus electives are available online

Our State of Nevada accredited 5curriculum allows students to:

  • Challenge courses
  • Test out of lessons in which they already have competency
  • Master each topic

Get the ICD6Advantage:  All distance ed students are required to meet with theirteacher once a week or as often as needed to ensure their success.

  • All of our teachers are on site, at the ICDA Main Campus in Reno
  • We are available to tutor, encourage, and get to know our students!
  • Distance ed students may participate in all school events including prom and our spectacular Graduation Ceremony at the Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

6 “HYBRID” student options:

  • Take some courses at home, and any course of your choice at school such as Dance, Media Arts, Math Proficiency Prep, Fine Arts
  • Earn additional credit for having a job, doing community service, or participating in sports/exercise programs

We specialize in fitting the program to the student’s needs
Our goal is student success!

8Enrollment

  • Student must have access to computer with Internet connection
  • Complete enrollment form for ICDA Charter High School
  • Student and Parent/Guardian meet with the director of distance education, or ICDA's Education Tech Specialist for transcript evaluation.
    • We require that a student has completed five high school credits to be eligible for the Distance Program
    • Special circumstances may support Freshman eligibility
    • Student demonstrates motivation and the skill level to work independently at home
    • Preference is given to students with Junior or Senior status
  • Complete Plan of Study with Director/Education Tech Specialist
  • Parent or Mentor and Student attend orientation and sign the Accepted Practices Acknowledgement
  • There is a $50 deposit for the program, which is fully refundable when student successfully completes the program
  • Teachers
  • Administration & Staff

Teachers

Nazanin Arastoo

Arts
narastoo@icdachs.com

 
 

Carol Aufdenkamp

A+ Program Director, Distance Ed.

  • MA in ESL  - University of Nevada,Reno
  • BA in English and Education  -  University of Nevada, Reno and U of O, Eugene, OR


caufdenkamp@icdachs.com

 
 

Tammy Cain

Math
tcain@icdachs.com

   

Stephanie Carlisle

Social Studies
scarlisle@icdachs.com

  • BS in Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Reno, with a major in History and Social Studies and a minor in Anthropology
  • George Washington’s Residential Summer Teacher’s Institute 2013 Alumni
  • We the People Summer Institute (University of San Diego) 2010 Alumni.
  • Certified AltEd.
 

Miguel Carter

Computer Literacy, Information Technology Essentials, A+ Courses
mcarter@icdachs.com

  • Business & Industry; UNR, NDOE
  • Information Technology Administration
  • Founding member - 1998
 

Sean Cecconi

Math, Physical Ed.

  • University of Montana-Western  BA Secondary Ed 

    Major: Physical Ed/Health    Minor: Math


scecconi@icdachs.com

 

Natalie Garvin

English
ngarvin@icdachs.com

  • BA Education, Minor in English
  • MA Education, Minor in English - Arizona State University

 

 
 

Gustin Gondoras

Science
ggondoras@icdachs.com

  • BS Education, Minor in General & Space Science
    Temple University

 
 

Marty Lewis

Performing Arts Teacher & Choreographer
mlewis@icdachs.com

  • Teacher Certification in Business & Industry, NDOE
  • Worked with the Los Angeles Performing Arts
  • Opened/Danced in:
    • Hello Hollywood
    • Gubllie in Las Vegas
    • Lido Show in Paris
  • Has worked with many famous entertainers:
    • Latoya Jackson
    • Gloria Ganer
    • The Mcguire Sisters
    • and many more
 
 

Shannon Morgan

English
smorgan@icdachs.com

  • MA Teaching English – Sierra Nevada College
  • BA English and Writing – Southern Oregon University
  • Spanish Certificate – Intensa of Costa Rica

 

   

Ray Wojdynski

Media Production, Photography
rwojdynski@icdachs.com

Staff

Dawn D. Gilmore

Principal
dgilmore@icdachs.com

  • BA Secondary Art Education, minor in Computers & Technology in Education, UNR
  • Master of Educational Administration and Supervision, University of Phoenix, Reno, NV.
 

Tony Nitz

Vice-Principal
tnitz@icdachs.com

  • Master of Education Administration and Supervision, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Arizona, Political Science
 

Joseph E. Simmons Jr. M.A.

Education Tech Specialist

  • B.S. in Social Work, minor in Sociology, Lincoln University of Missouri
  • M.A. in Educational Leadership, University of Nevada

jsimmons@icdachs.com

 

Mylee Spencer

Registrar and Secretary

mspencer@icdachs.com

 

Diana Benincasa

Special Education Case Manager 
dbenincasa@icdachs.com

  • BS Education, Minor in Psychology
    Northern Arizona University

  • MA Education
    University of Phoenix

 

Gina Adams

Library Media Assistant/Student Behavior Monitor
gadams@icdachs.com

  • AA: Truckee Meadows Community College
  • BA: University of Nevada, Reno - Broadcast Journalism and Interactive Media

 

 

Harlene Shepherd

Bookeeper/Accounting Clerk
hshepherd@icdachs.com

 

Patricia Penman

Nutrition Services, Custodian

ppenman@icdachs.com

  • Nutrition Services
  • Maintenance
 
  • Governing Board Members
  • Meeting Agendas & Minutes
  • Board Meeting Information

ICDA School Board

WILLIAM PENN - Board President
bill.penn2014@gmail.com
Member since:  06/25/2012
Quality Assurance Rep:  ClearCapital.com, Inc.

STACI GRIFFUS - Vice President
sthiel67@gmail.com
Member since: 6/12/2013
Social Worker: Washoe County

REVA RINDY - Secretary Treasurer
rjmrindy@gmail.com
Member since:  5/23/2013
Educator – Nevada Connections Accademy

LYNN H. GILBERT - Member
lgreno@aol.com
Member since: 11/13/2013
Teacher:  Grace Warner Elementary

Michel A. Fike - Member
michelfike@gmail.com
Member since: 06/23/2014
Teacher - Retired

Public School Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Time Location Date

Agenda     

Minutes  

6:30 p.m ICDA Conference Room 11/20/14 Agenda Special Meeting Pending
6:30 p.m ICDA Conference Room 10/15/14 Agenda Pending
1:00 p.m ICDA Conference Room 09/20/14 Board Retreat Agenda Pending
5:00 p.m ICDA Library 08/20/14 Agenda Pending
1:00 p.m Jill E. Wells Center for the Arts 08/02/14 Emergency Meeting Agenda Pending
1:00 p.m Jill E. Wells Center for the Arts 08/02/14 Board Retreat Agenda (Canceled) Pending
6:30 p.m ICDA Main Campus 07/16/14 Agenda Pending
4:00 p.m ICDA Main Campus 06/23/14 Agenda Pending
4:30 p.m ICDA Library 05/28/14 Agenda Pending
4:30 p.m ICDA Library 04/23/14 Canceled Canceled
4:30 p.m ICDA Library 03/19/14 Agenda Pending
4:00 p.m ICDA Library 02/19/14 Agenda Minutes
4:00 p.m ICDA Library 11/13/13 Agenda Minutes
4:00 p.m Teleconference 09/09/13 Emergency Meeting Minutes
4:00 p.m ICDA Library 08/28/13 Agenda Minutes
4:00 p.m ICDA Library 07/31/13 Agenda Minutes
9:00 a.m ICDA Library 06/28/13 Board Retreat Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m ICDA Library 06/12/13 Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m Jill E. Wells Center for the Arts 05/23/13 Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m Jill E. Wells Center for the Arts 05/13/13 Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m ICDA Library 04/23/13 Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m ICDA Library 02/20/13 Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m Jill E. Wells Center for the Arts 01/16/13 Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m. Jill E. Wells Center for the Arts 11/07/12 Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m. Jill E. Wells Center for the Arts 10/17/12 Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m. Jill E. Wells Center for the Arts 09/19/12 Agenda Minutes
4:30 p.m. ICDA Library 08/29/12 Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m. ICDA Library 06/25/12 Agenda Minutes
5:30 p.m. ICDA Library 05/14/12 Agenda Minutes

Meeting Dates for School Year 2013 – 2014

2013
2014
June 28, 2013 (Board retreat) January 15, 2014
July 31, 2013 February 19, 2014
August 21, 2013 March 19, 2014
September 18, 2013 April 16, 2014
October 23, 2013 May 21, 2014 (Annual Meeting)
November 20, 2013 June 25, 2014
December 11, 2013  

 

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month. A quorum (majority) of board members must be present to conduct a meeting. In rare instances, telephone attendance may be accepted in order to reach a quorum. NRS 241.030(4)

Public Meeting Locations:

The ICDA Conference Room is located at:

1195 Corporate Blvd., Reno, NV 89502

Public Posting Locations:

  1. ICDA Charter High School
  2. The Children's Cabinet
  3. Reno Parks and Recreation Building
  4. Washoe County Library - Downtown
  5. ICDA Web Site - www.icdachs.com

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE DISABLED AND REQUIRE SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS OR ASSISTANCE AT THE MEETING ARE REQUESTED TO NOTIFY ICDA IN WRITING AT 1195 CORPORATE BLVD., RENO, NEVADA 89502 OR BY CALLING (775) 857-1544 PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE.

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Infinite Campus

ICDA has teamed up with Infinite Campus to provide parents and students online grade book access and specific class information. Log in today.

Click here for more information in English

El Portal de padres de Infinite Campus proporciona a las familias información en línea acerca de los logros de sus hijos. Inicie su sesión.

Click agui para mas informacion en Español

Parent Portal in English

Portal de padres en Español

   

 

ICDA Summer School

Serving Washoe County and surrounding communities

Summer School 14-15

6/22/2015: Summer School Session One

 
 
 

Employment Opportunities

Position
Description

Substitute Teachers

 

Poster

Substitute Teacher Application

 

Other Classified Employee Positions

None at this time

Classified Employee Application

 

Applicants must submit the following documents for review:

  • Application
  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume
  • State of Nevada License (copy)
  • Transcripts (copy)

Upon receipt, applicant may be contacted for an interview. 

Please submit all documents to: Dawn Gilmore

dgilmore@icdachs.com
ICDA Charter High School Principal
1195 Corporate Blvd.
Reno NV 89502
Phone (775) 857-2114
Fax (775) 857-6825

 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

ICDA is an equal opportunity employer

ICDA Charter High School
NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
ICDA CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY PERSON ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, DISABILITY AND AGE, AND THAT THEY PROVIDE EQUAL ACCESS TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND OTHER DESIGNATED YOUTH GROUPS.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS REGARDING
THE NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICIES, CONTACT:
Dr. Carol M. White, Principal (775) 857-2114
Irene Rogerson, 504 Coordinator (775) 857-1544

4/5 - Attend school only four days a week

Monday through Thursday

and move ahead with

our free and optional Friday school to

catch up on your credits!

Now enrolling for the School Year 2014-2015

Click here to download the enrollment form!

3/4 - We offer the opportunity to earn

a minimum of eight credits in one school year

instead of just the traditional six.

You could graduate one year earlier!

18/1 - Our average classroom ratio is

18-students to 1-teacher

which allows for additional assistance