My daughter was an A student here, she went to SOCES this year and her grades are now C's, she was completely unprepared for a big school like SOCES and whats worse, she was behind ALL her peers. Im happy I choose to change schools, not sure which curriculum they follow, but they are not preparing kids for the real world here. Teachers are great but seeing them leave and no one giving an explanation is a sign of jump ship.
I'm excited about 4th grade at Taft. I'm delighted that our kids now will have GRASS, TREES, ACTUAL PLAYGROUND or a PARKING LOT! No black tops! Do I like Wesley? No. Is she dismissing of the parents voiced concerns and her staff? Yes. Is she good for the school? Perhaps not. That said, our only other option is to get Ms. Lyons into the spot, IF she wants that responsibility. I love that the parents are involved. Of course, some parents aren't involved at all nor offer assistance but, that is with ANY SCHOOL. If you are pulling out, I hope you realize that after discussing Ivy with an LAUSD rep, this is the CLOSEST you will get to a private school environment without the fees. We do have the best teachers and our kids are above average (meaning if they went to a LAUSD class now, they could do the work of 6th graders at 3rd grade). If your concern is teenagers coming onto the premises, then you obviously don't trust the staff at Ivy but you have for the past year(s)? Let's face it, there are not many options out there. If you want pretty, go to WHES. If you want COLLEGE ready kids, Ivy. Pros: PE, Small Classes, Education, Caring teachers Cons: Office Staff and Wesley-Ruby's cool
Ivy offers the tight knit community feel. Academically I have seen other schools do better, but also other schools do worse, so its' in the middle. There are definitely some bullying issues, but Ms. Gennaro and Mrs. Lyons were always very good, at making my child comfortable enough to realize she can complain to an adult. My main concern is with the direction the school is taking, in regards to the current Executive Director, is so disconnected and uncaring to issues such as teacher retention,facility location (we got an email saying we will move to TAFT in April). Im really worried for next year as I heard so many parents are pulling out their children.
I am more content with Ivy now than I have been in the last seven years. It was a difficult decision to keep my daughter here for middle school. She scored a perfect score in both math and language arts (CST s) last year. I felt like Ivy wouldn t challenge her enough. I was wrong. I love her teachers and she is truly being challenged. My son (5th grade) also scored advanced last year, yet his teacher this year is really being tough with him regarding taking responsibility for his grades, turning in projects on time, etc so that he will be prepared for middle school. Love it! Even though I am not a fan of Common Core, my friend (who teaches at LAUSD) told me that if Common Core works anywhere it will be at a school like Ivy. I tend to agree. I have a lot of teachers/administration/staff to thank for the last seven years and the education my children have received. As for the future? I did a tour of the high school campus last week and heard from some of the students. For the first time, I am actually keeping Ivy as an option for high school. I was so impressed! Yes, I have come a long way because Ivy has come a long way.
Best option compared to the lethargic public schools and overcharged, overrated private schools. Teachers work really hard and are great. The administration tries had too but can step up their organizing and communicating methods.
Ivy is a great school with lots of potential. The teachers work hard but could use more support from administration. Leadership is a quality that needs to be exploited. I think the passion is there to make this a great school. I think there are too many parents that expect perfection and criticize excessively. I also hate that the teachers formed a union. I brought my child to the Charter system to get AWAY from the teacher's unions. I believe the unions degrade learning quality. But Ivy is ahead of the curb. I just hope they can replace the administration.
I have been a long time parent at Ivy Academia Charter School. In short let me say we have wonderful teachers educating our kids. They are dedicated, goo people who care about educating our kids to be the very best. There are some issues at Ivy that need to be worked on however any school your kid goes to will have their own issues as well. I believe In Ivy Academia and what it represents to the community and to its stakeholders.
You should send your child to Ivy Academia! My son has been attending Ivy Academia for four years, and his education has been fantastic!! The teachers are top-notch, and the administrators are knowledgeable and supportive. The entrepreneurial program has provided my son a skill set that our friends' children are not receiving in traditional public schools. My son is advanced in reading, writing and math, but is also exposed to real-life business concepts. Every school has challenges, but the truth is Ivy Academia continues to improve and meet the next level of excellence. I have read other posts, and the truth in my experience is that bullying issues ARE addressed. The teachers and administrators address the issues and follow-up with the students and the parents. The issue with the teachers joining a union is unfortunate. It is NOT a secret that schools in California have been underfunded, and it is more expensive to run an independent charter school than it is to run a traditional public school or a conversion charter school. The cost of leases alone explains why teachers only make $40K a year with benefits and 3 months off. I wish my family was so fortunate!
This school used to have language classes, but they have been removed for some idiotic reason. Another problem with this school is that the school does little to provide a sufficient amount of sports equipment. There are many bullies as well. No wonder there wasn't a waiting list this year.
Simply love it!! The school supports the children and gives them an incredible twist on education. Ivy is an entrepreneurial focused independent charter school. They do grade level projects where all courses work together and create a finished assignment. As they grow in the school eventually they are creating projects and all core classes are inputing to the finished product. They will create a business and everything that goes with it from opening a checking account, business plan, create the product and eventually sell it to the students. They will pay taxes and balance their checkbooks. It's great!! I love the support and intention from the teachers and staff for successful, smart and educated students ready for the real world and working as a team.
Over 30 teachers left this year, director doesn't have a vision and can care less about students and staff. LAUSD needs to take a closer look! Good old Ivy is long gone!
Ivy Academia has seen better times and days. I believe if the administration really cares about the original vision for the school and about the future of the kids, they will immediately implement plans for renewal of the school, physically and otherwise. De Soto is disgustingly dirty. The administration is and always has been rude. They are always complaining and it's almost like they don't even like working with each other much less the being there for the students. Do not waste your time. Ivy is now a "has been". Should things change in the future, it may be a charter to once again consider. But as of today, it is a huge disapointment. How sad.
I'm a mother with a child that has been with Ivy since Kinder. Aesthetics=Disgusting, Education/Academics=Outstanding, Teachers=Outstanding, Staff=Average. Used to be if one child does not get the material, extra attention is provided for that child but the remaining class continues on (til our recent change of Directors who want TRADITIONAL LAUSD). Gone is the GATE Program also, the person that ran it has become "rough around the edges" and GATE is not available 'til 4th grade. Sunny Brae is disgusting but it's not because Administration but the fight with LAUSD. De Soto is no better. The strict budget does not provide for daily janitors and rely on parent volunteers. They keep the learning materials going and salaries. Sunny Brae (at one point) wouldn't let our kids use their restrooms and make them walk across to our campus? If you are looking for a "pretty school", this is not it. However, if you want your kids to excel and be in the 500's with CSTAR, this is the school. I'm personally still on the fence about WHES GATE/Ivy Academia. I know LAUSD will not correspond with me as well as my current teachers at Ivy but I can't stand seeing a GREAT school turn to LAUSD school.
Worst school EVER! Joke of an administration and even a bigger joke of a school! Bullies galore, inexperienced and unprofessional admin, who pretend they know what they are doing and/or talking about. Campuses are a cluttered fire hazard w too many children in cramped quarters with nowhere near enough ways out of buildings should the need arise. Butler, Gennaro, Lyons, Kelly (as named in another review) are the worst of the worst. Couldn't pull my children out of there FAST ENOUGH! Just becuase you put a uniform on children at a school can not mask the fact that scores are horrible and education here is atrocious! If this site allowed negative star ratings that would be perfect for Ivy. Don't just walk away from this school- RUN, RUN, RUN!
The music teacher at the Chatsworth campus is one of the worst teachers i have ever had. She turned in grades only twice. One for a project and another for our final test. That means all the classwork and extra credit i have done didn't count on my final. This teacher deserves to get fired. She ruined my GPA and my career as a musician this is why i am leaving this terrible school. The rest of the teachers were exceptional.
I just love Ivy Academia Today my Daughter celebrate from kinder and I am so pround and happy that my daughter is ready to be in first grade and I can't wait to meet the new teacher even though she will miss her present teacher, any how I just what to say I love Ivy Academia..
This is a nice school, but needs a lot of work. I had to remove my child due to lack of special needs support emotionally, physically and mentally. The support just wasn't there. My child loved going to school there, and loved being social, but the feeling was often not reciprocated, mostly by teachers. The bullying is out of control, no one saw my child get bullied and beat up because they are too busy talking among them selves on the playground. I don't know if it was always this way, but we had to get out of there before it made him have a negative feeling about school in general.
The administration at this school is a joke. I agree with the other mother! The school has a lot of bullying going on and the staff tries to brush it off as 'accidents". Their GATE program was the biggest joke of all. This school is all excuses and unfortunately the students are the ones who suffer. LAUSD should be ashamed of themselves. Lyons, Butler, Gennarro, Kelly- all of you need to make less excuses and think about the futures of these kids.
This school was a joke. I had my Son enrolled in Kindergarden this year and I pulled him out. It was very unorganized and he was learning nothing. It seemed more like a daycare / preschool rather than an actual Kindergarden. The Sunny Brae campus is run down and not well maintained. The other kids get to use the things that the Ivy students can't. Like the Library! My Son is doing much better now that he has changed schools. Thank god I took Him out when I did. I think this school was once good however I no long see it.
I love the school and my kids are very happy can't wait to go to school every day... love Ivy..
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