The school quality is getting poorer and poorer. The best teachers are gone. New teachers are coming in/out almost bimonthly. Principal's concern is funding, money contributions, etc. Principal is money-driven. No sports activity at all, a lot of restrictions and liability concern. This school is good to be a tutorial service but not as a middle school. Bullying is also rampant. They do not have enough people to manage two campuses. Thus, the quality of education overall is poor. However, Mr. Gaunt is the best.
We loved this school and are sad to be leaving. After 4 years here with my oldest and a year with our second I wish we could pack it up and take it with us in our move. The school is still experiencing some growing pains but is overall a great school. My oldest just finished last year and started high school. She is so far ahead of her peers and has been placed in almost all AP classes this year. My only wish is that they would expand into high school. After leaving for high school all the area high schools just seem mediocre. I wish them the best and hope the other schools in the area follow their example.
We love this school. The size, the teachers, and especially the principle and staff. My daughter went from average to a's and b's. The first year was tough since she missed so much in her previous school but now she has caught up. When her grades started to slip we got a call (yes they called us) to let us know and offer morning assistance. This was by far the best choice us and really turned around my daughters academic path.
This is truly the "gem" in the San Fernando Valley. We were a little nervous at first because we pulled our son out of a great school after 4th grade. We didn't feel the curriculum was challenging enough and the class size kept expanding. Ivy is a small and very personal school - you get the feeling that all of the amazing staff knows each kid (and we have only been there 8 days). The class size is wonderful - 18 to 20 vs the 40 that we came from. Our last school was so focused on "teaching to the test" that if you have a child that is very bright, they seem to get stuck in a rut and not learn anything past his/her current grade level. Ivy isn't like this - they can excel way beyond their grade level and really feel like they have accomplished a great deal when doing so. This is not the typical school - there isn't a big yard and the classrooms don't have any windows. This school is designed for children to get an amazing education and to prepare them for future education. The children are all very respectful and look eager to learn and Ivy provides all of the necessary tools for each student to become a success.
We just culminated from 5th grade at IBA and are moving in to 6th. We are so lucky and grateful to have found this school. The emphasis is on developing good work habits and on the kids striving for excellence. The way this program works leads the children to work smart, hard and to want to do well in school. My daughter check her grades weekly and has confronted the teachers when she felt as though the teachers had entered in a wrong grade. The teachers and faulty encourage that and it has taught my daughter to stand up for her own rights and not be afraid to go after what she feels is right. I can not say enough good things about the school.
its a horrible school theres bullies and the teachers are biased, insensitive, and dont care about thier students. All they want is their pay check. Sence the school is so small the kids pick on you for fun and entertainment. The school does not have an indoor place to eat so they sit out side and theres not enough tables so the kids sit on the ground next to the freeway! The kids swear even the 5th graders. One kidS said to a teacher "F*** you you B****" and the school did NOTHING about it. One of the straight A studentS is transfering out to go to Van Nuys Middle School. Anything is better than this horible school.
The teachers at IBA are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They set high expectations and the children strive to meet those goals. Excellence, not mediocracy, is the focus here. The English teacher builds true readers and writers and the social studies teacher makes history come alive. The teachers and administration know every child by name and needs and are always willing to meet for a conference. The online grade system also keeps students and parents up to date. This gem of a school, despite small facilities, outperforms the huge middle schools on every front.
Every school is struggling to preserve and maintain the quality of their program. IBA is no different in that aspect. One of the clear differences that sets IBA apart from others is the decision making process. IBA understands that classroom instruction should benefit from each decision. As a teacher in a different district, I am grateful for the smart work and dedication by the IBA staff, leadership and volunteers.
This is our second year at IVYBound Academy and I feel so blessed to have found this small diamond of a school for my girls. The teachers are excited to be there and they teach with such pride and motivation. Because of the size, the kids do not get forgotten and all the teachers know all of the students. I am thankful that my child will be given an opportunity like this to love school and be educated by teachers who love what they are doing, especially these hard years in middle school.
My daughter just finished up her first year at Ivy Bound and she loves this school. The principal, teachers, and the entire staff really take great pride in this school and it shows. The curriculum is vigorous and parents and kids are held to a high standard to ensure their success. This is not your typical public school and goes against every stereotype of what public schools have become. There is zero tolerance for bullying and I was very happy how they handlesd a situation when it came up. The principal is amazing and inspiring and makes every child feel like they matter. Even with all of the rigorous school work, my daughter did not want to be off for summer vacation...now that's a testament to a great school!
Our daughter started 5th grade this year and this is her first year out of private school. I must say that there is nothing but great things I have to say about this school. Yes it's not for every child they really do focus education and children can not misbehave. It really feels like a private school. The teachers are young and very easy to relate to. Highly academic so if you want your child to be really challenged than this is the school. They do have tons of homework and project so it can be hard at times. My child is getting a private school education for free..
While the teachers at the school are good (they had a large turnover of great teachers from this past year), (Mr. Gaunt is an excellent teacher) this is not a "warm and fuzzy" school. There are no parent/teacher conferences. And the lack of parking in the immediate vacinity makes it hard for parents to stop by and discuss issues one-on-one with the teachers. Also, the Principal has not been so available this year, as he's been in Sacramento dealing with charter school issues. If your child has problems with math, this is not the school for him, as the ALEKS math class, given in addition to the regular math class, is extremely unforgiving and frustrating for the kids. I don't think it teaches anything to the kids who can't self-direct on the computer. The school also does not "pull out" for special ed. The school also will say it doesn't allow bullying but the administration is ineffectual in dealing with discipline problems, and some students from my child's class last year left partially due to the lack of response from the administration to their concerns. I also found the PTA president snooty when I tried to propose a couple of activities.
I enrolled my son in IBA in the middle of the school semester, and we were greeted cordially and received huge support and understanding from staff. Thank you very much for your attentiion and kindness!
This school keeps getting better! Even though it is one of the most rigorous schools around, it has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The kids are well-behaved and the staff doesn't hassle them about little things. My son says that the English teacher, Mr. Gaunt, is the best teacher in the universe, and the other teachers are mostly very good. He learns more in a semester here than he used to learn in a year.
My child started out in private school and then transferred to public school and then to this school. We are very happy with the school and its style of teaching. Every school has its problems but the quality of this school outways these minor problems. I just hope this school will extend into highschool at a better campus.
The school is located at the intersection of 101 and 405 freeways. The test scores may be fantastic, but I don t think it is healthy for young children to be sitting 50 feet away from one of the busiest freeway intersection in the country. Breathing exhaust gases all day will surely cause health problems later in life.
These are educators who are young, modern thinkers. They have a love of family and our children. They understand that our society is better served by an educated citizenry who will ultimately live full and happy lives as they pass down their knowlege to the next generation. It is a warm, peacful, fun environment for the kids, and the communication between parents and the faculty is solid and totaly open. I only wish they extended to 12th grade.
All teachers are superb. The school is very safe and has a very hands on Principal. It's better than most private schools that I know of.
This school was a blessing to us. Not only has it educated our daughter, but it has also helped her mature into a wonderful teenager. They have given her a safe and happy environment as well as a stepping stone to her future. I am grateful to the staff of Ivy Bound and will always continue to support them.
I was looking for a better school for my daughter and thought this was the one. I was actually very much disappointed. School is a sham. Asking parents for money constantly, always short on supplies. Gets paid from the district and complains a lot that it is never enough.Main thing:education level is substandardl. That is why Calif. schooling is at the very low end. Even a smaller school like this (under 200) cannot provide higher level of education for our kids. We as parents are stuck and are fighting endless and no win battles against the LAUSD. Where else do we go? They call themselves a charter school. No advantages what so ever. Most teachers are second-rate& mediocre, low knowledge of subjects.
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