Posted August 18, 2014
Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School is a FREE, PUBLIC Charter School that serves students in grades TK-12. Ivy Academia is the largest start-up, independent charter school in the San Fernando Valley authorized by LAUSD. We are committed to small class sizes, fully credentialed teachers, individualized instruction and a focus on entrepreneurial education each and every day. We take great pride in the academic excellence and the entrepreneurial program. For the past decade, Ivy Academia provided our families and community with high quality education and innovative opportunities. Facilities are our greatest challenge, and we work tirelessly to address the space we are provided by LAUSD each year and to improve private leases. Currently, Ivy Academia Elementary (Grades TK-6) is co-located on Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills. We have developed a very positive working relationship with the Taft administrators and Taft Student Council. Ivy Academia Junior/High School (Grades 7-12) is located on Shomrei Torah Synagogue campus in West Hills. We have the most supportive relationship with our landlords. We would love to have our own campus, but we have consistently done the best we can with what is offered and available. Despite these challenges, Ivy Academia continues to provide a high quality education to our students. Our students and families appreciate the small class sizes and the attentiveness of teachers and administrators. Ivy Academia is a family! Due to the dedication and commitment of our teachers, administrators and parents, our students take AP courses in high school and are accepted to impressive universities. In addition, the students graduate with a real-world entrepreneurial knowledge that they will be able to apply. There is always room for improvement, and we work diligently to address the needs of each and every student. We invite you to give your child the opportunity to create, to innovate, to explore, and to learn as Ivy Academia Educates Our Next Generation of Entrepreneurs! Visit www.ivyacademia.com
Great school. Small class size. Great teachers! Good school environment! Easy to reach administrator!. My kids at high school have great friends! Good percentage students go college!
Ivy is one of the only schools in the nation that offers entrepreneurial education imbedded into the curriculum. Ivy exposes students to core subjects aligned to the Common Core, NGSS and E-Standards. This year, teachers received new curriculum and technology! Teachers have 4-6 computers in their room, a computer lab that all classes visit weekly, and we are assigning online homework. Students participate weekly in Ivy Community where they learn about aspects of a business and collaborate to design and open their own businesses. Students learn first hand about supply and demand, writing a business plan, and running their own businesses. This is my 6th year at Ivy and although we have faced many challenges due to facilities, the quality of our teachers has never faltered. Ivy has worked tirelessly to make sure our campus at Taft is safe and an optimal learning environment. LAUSD has never provided appropriate space for our school to operate without overcoming major challenges. Until we get the space we are entitled to, teachers and staff will continue to work diligently to keep Ivy a successful entrepreneurial-based school.
I am a student that goes to ivy. This school may not have gyms, fields, and auditoriums. But, it has many better things. Great teachers, supportive counselors, and helpful people. There are many things to do here in ivy. Play basketball, soccer, football, hockey, lacrosse, and even hang out with your friends. I have been in ivy since the third grade and it has been a wonderful experience. I hop we will be having more people join this school because it is awesome!
Ivy is a very excellent school to be at. I've been at Ivy for 8 school years straight and I have never experienced any problems with any of the staff here. The way they teach us is very fun and educational. The projects are not hard to accomplish and the homework is fairly easy most of the time. Also the staff is very kind and supportive. I have been to this school ever since kindergarten and I had a very great time learning. As a result I have been honors for several years in Ivy. I love this school and I made many great friends here. I encourage other students to come to Ivy if they want to have a greater future in business.
My school is Ivy Academia and it is a great experience and many kids should go here. It is a Entrepreneurial Charter school. We wear uniforms. You might think uniforms suck, well you are wrong. Uniforms help us with time. Because time is always against us. We won't have to waste time looking for clothes. Also it helps parents. This school shows children to be great entrepreneurial students. I'm a Ivy student for 2 years. And approve this message.
I really love the school Ivy Academia. I really think its a great school because you do more stuff that will help you in life then any other school. I think this school is more effective for students in the future because we make business plans which help us make businesses in the future. The school might not have the best stuff outside, but even if your not in honors, they teach you almost the same. This school helps us in our career and future
Great school, small classes and interactive teachers. Amazing facility and the entrepreneurial aspect is very engaging.
My school Ivy Academia is the best school ever! I have been going there for my whole life and the teachers are wonderful. I have learned a lot and especially i have learned about entrepreneurial skills. I am an honors student and the teachers for GATE and honors class are wonderful. They let us learn spanish in 7th grade through 12th grade. All in all, it is a wonderful school and i think that more students should come to this school.
ivy academia is an amazing school. its all about entrepreneurship! its a wide and big location. the teachers always make sure that you know what they are talking about and that you are on track with them. they are above and beyond at all times. the whole entire staff is just amazing. something they can improve on is their class rooms and coming up with more programs for us students and maybe for parents. ivy campus is really wide, which is god for the students.
I think Ivy Academia is the most amazing school EVER! It offers great classes and wonderful teachers. I have been at Ivy since kindergarten, and I am now in 7th grade. The teachers and staff are kind and very helpful. I have no complaints whatsoever about Ivy. The classes are fun, and kids can actually learn. Classes are the perfect size, and new students are welcomed into the family. The kids at Ivy are friendly and helpful. Everyone knows each other because it is a fairly small school. People are able to make friends quickly, and bullying is EXTREMELY rare. We have super cool activities for everyone, like free dress days, spirit weeks, doughnut days, and parties too. I also love Ivy for its entrepreneurial side. Everything we learn ties into an entrepreneurial skill. I have already run 3 different school businesses, written a business plan last year, and this year I will write an employee handbook for my business. I don't think that Ivy needs to improve. It is perfect the way it is. If you are thinking about going to Ivy, I hope that you do come. I think that everyone should come to this fun, awesome, out of this world school!
I've been at Ivy for 7 years now.I think that Ivy Academia is a great school to go to. Ivy has good education and, a great sports league. At Ivy we have great teachers. The teachers are nice and, understanding. We have fun class projects, and fun events. We have carnivals and fundraisers. Ivy also has different electives, like; music, business, art, and computer business. For the middle school and elementary we got to go to a new campus. the campuses are beautiful! I love going to Ivy Academia!
Ivy Academia: we learn things that are business related. Yes we dropped some languages and don't have much room for sports. However we do have sports, we make it work, & we have Spanish as a language that you can take in 8th grade to gain credits for high school. And yes, our school environment is small, & many people like it that way because then the teachers can focus on about 29 kids in a class instead of 40. So at Ivy, we have a good educational system. We are young entrepreneurs and we create our own businesses to show us what it is like to run a business. Ivy is an environmentally safe place with teachers that take student's thoughts to consideration and with principles/vice principles that care just as much. At Ivy, we have some bumps here and there, but the whole idea of a school, is education. Ivy does offer honors classes if you work above average for your age, you can take classes above your grade level, you can even tutor your peers. We are also a school against bullies. I go to Ivy and for the few years I've been here, I've learned more than I did at my other schools that were funded by LAUSD. Ivy isn't funded by them and still manages to shine.
Ivy Academia is an amazing school hands down. The teachers there are all incredibly intelligent. The school might not have a playground, or HUGE school buildings, but that doesn't mean anything. What matter is the education. Ivy even offers Spanish 1 for 8th-12th grade as High School credits.The staffs there are all extremely helpful and amazing to everyone. They handle all types of problems, and they know how to take care of their school.
WE LOVE IVY! We've been here for 7 years and every year gets better. Our younger got into an LAUSD Magnet and wanted to try. She hated it and begged to go back to Ivy. There was no enthusiasm in the teachers or willingness to help the kids. It seemed like they knew their job was secure because of tenure waiting for retirement. We got her back to Ivy. At Ivy, teachers have to perform well to stay & that is why they are great. They're all so energetic and have great ways to teach. Homework is online and is programmed to adapt to how the kids are answering. They do lots of in class group projects rather than at home for parents to lead. it teaches the kids to think for themselves and work in groups. Yes, they have no claim to wonderful campus' but that is the doing of LAUSD. Instead of giving Ivy their own campus they make Ivy share with others. But you know what, Ivy makes it work with separate entrances, walkways, security, yard attendants. I feel completely safe with both kids on the elementary campus knowing they are watched at ALL times. Even in the bathroom near the Taft building the security guard is there outside the door. They have honors, GATE, music, computers, etc.
As a parent I understand the concerns the other parents have posted but I also know Ivy IS SAFE. My son has been enrolled at Ivy for the past 5 years he has been at all 3 campuses (Temple Judea, Sunny Brae and now Woodland Hills) & one of my least concerns is safety as I know how hard they work to keep our children safe. My suggestion to ALL parents is "STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT IVY" if Ivy keeps moving campuses is because of the district "LAUSD", they are the ones who force Ivy to move, they refuse to give Ivy a permanent campus. IF YOU AS A PARENT ARE REALLY CONCERN THAN GO COMPLAIN TO LAUSD, THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE NOT IVY & NOTHING WILL CHANGE IF WE AS PARENTS DON'T DO ANYTHING TO MAKE LAUSD GIVE US A CAMPUS. LAUSD DENIED SUNNY BRAE AS A CAMPUS FOR IVY AND THE ONLY OPTION THEY GAVE IVY WAS BEHIND TAFT. SO REALLY WHAT IS IVY TO DO? IT WAS EITHER TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT!! Ivy Academia is a great school, unfortunately LAUSD does not like independent charters, I wonder if it's because they don't receive Federal Founds for all the kids enroll at an independent charters? Parents please do research, do not blame Ivy for something they don't have control over. PLEASE STOP BAD MOUTHING IVY!!
Its really simple. Ivy Academia is a phenomenal business entrepreneurial charter school for TK-12. This is our 7th year at Ivy. The teachers are wonderful. The kids thrive on every level of education. TRUST me when I say If I felt that my kids were not being given a proper education I wouldnt waste my time here. Not for a second. With regard to the new move to the back of Taft, Its been a challenge. Many first time parents are upset with drop off and pick up. I hear all of you and I am seeing it too. It will take time to get the kinks out. Parents need to come together to help in any way they can. Remember that LAUSD gave us the back portion of Taft. Ivy had no other choice. If parents are going to point the finger - point to LAUSD and not Ivy Academia. Its not about me, or you, Its about our Ivy kids.
Unsafe. Did you know there are only 5 toilets for each gender, 10 toilets total, for ALL of the students at this school to use? Oh, unless you count the toilets they get to share with the Taft high school students! If you care about your child at all, you could never send your child to this campus. And, the teachers are all inexperienced. At this school they believe a teacher with 3 years of experience is "experienced". Even the state of California doesn't think this qualifies as experienced. A new teacher isn't even taken off of a preliminary teaching credential for 4 years. Please for the sake of your child, do not be fooled into thinking this place should be called a school. We withdrew our daughter and would rather pay private school tuition and forgo large summer vacations for the sake of our child's education.
My daughter started going to this school when she was in 2nd grade today she is very advanced in her studies and my son joined in when he was in kinder,also my son is doing very good in studies.My kids feel safe and happy at this school.This school teaches anti bullying.This school is far more better than any other school in the area.I am glad that my kids are in this school.This school provides excellent education.Regarding Taft School location,we all need to have patience.Ms. Lyons and the staff is very involved they will come up with solution very soon.I have only had good experience at this school.This school provides private school education for free and teachers are very involved with students.I will recommend this school to everyone.
When my daughter started kinder at ivy she was thrilled so was I small campus at sunnybrae staff had more control her teacher Mrs.Mclee was great. Now the move to taft was the worst thing they could have done, they are unorganized, traffic is horrible, morning/afternoon walk is the worst not just for us adults but for our kids, specially those pregnant or other parents that dont deal just with 1 kid. Ivy students are not safe they could hide, run, walk into taft high school, high school students walk to the side where IVy is how safe are our kids? What of they have to use bathroom and someone is hiding they should lock and put camera where the big walkway is by softball field. Worst school please dont send your children there... You hear it in the news all the time of what could go wrong... Any other school is safer then this... 44 kids in Kinder? what are they going to learn? Very bad
Parents beware. Check your schedules carefully including report cards. The school promices Algebra 1 in 8th grade schedule and then puts H Math in the report cards. Thus in the 9th grade the kids are not eligible to take Geometry and have to take Algebra 1 over. According to math teacher this is due to extra interprenurial projects that the students had to do. This affects your childs ability to apply to Universities. To apply to an accredited university the student must have completed Calculus by Highschool graduation. Your student will not have the necessary credits to apply to college. The only other option is to take a math summer course at a local college. Now your kid has to take one year worth of math in 8 weeks. The school misled you and jeopardized your childs ability to apply to college. The extra enterprenurial projects that they assign are a sham to make it look like they are studying business and are applying their knowledge in business manner. None of the teachers are actually qualified to teach business and nothing but buisy work and pretty wall decorations comes out of theese projects. My advice is grab your kids and run before their college chances are ruined.
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