This charter school allows for the teachers to be more innovative and expose the young men to think creatively. The dedication the teachers and staff have to ensure that they are successful is evident. The last two years at Ivy Prep YMLA has been a great experience for my son. He's made friends and established relationships with people he may not have encountered by attending a traditional public school. The single-gender classes are great! Boys definitely learn differently from girls and this allows teachers to focus on what works best for them to retain the information.
This is our 3rd year at Ivy Prep's YMLA. The first year was pretty bad, but I attribute that to a very bad teacher who had numerous personal issues. By the time it was acknowledged, unfortunately, most of the school year had passed. Since that time, however, his two subsequent teachers were/are simply awesome, and they more than made up for this lapse. I feel that the administration's vision is on point, but the flux associated with a new school has made it tough to execute with consistency. Bottom line-the school is making great strides, the goals are ambitious, the teachers (with the a/m exception) are dedicated, and most importantly my son is happy and learning! However, it's important to note we do our part at home by supporting and supplementing learning. Our kids' education is not solely the responsibility of schools. It's a concerted effort of the parents as well.
I believe the teachers are doing their best to discipline in the same time teach, as It takes a whole village to raise a child, we as the parents have to work together so that our kids can get a chance to be productive.
This is my children's second & last semester at this school. We transferred here after believing all of the hype about this school. After experiencing it first hand, that's all this school is...HYPE!! First and foremost there is no communication with parents regarding academics. All this school seems to care about are the children's uniforms. My children's teachers were changed every year, even the type of class they were in & I was never notified. If my child begins to fall behind, I am not notified. But, if my child isn't wearing his tie, I get a phone call from the assistant principal! And don't bother joining the PTA, all they do is form cliques & gripe. I don't even believe they are even being taught anything at this school! My middle schooler comes home telling me they practiced lining up properly all day or they sat on the rug all day! Seriously?!? This is completely unacceptable! My one star rating was being generous, I would give it a zero if I could! If you are looking for a school that is all about academics, KEEP LOOKING!! But if all you care about are uniform policies and lack of communication, this is the school for you!!!
I have worked in this school for 3 years and I have witnessed the various changes that have occurred in my tenure. The textbook free model that the school has adopted would work if the school had resources. The Principal is the worst administrator that I have encountered, and if you research staff members who have served with him in his previous schools I'm sure they would agree. The principal cares nothing about the students or the staff members. The school has a host of behavior problems that are rarely or NEVER dealt with. The school will boast that they have had the highest test scores this year compared to previous years, but as a staff member I know at least 30% of those students read well below grade level. The science and the social studies teacher quit in the middle of the year leaving those particular classes with long term substitutes for those content areas, and that has been a continuing trend in the last few years that I have been there. The teachers have quit in the last two years to NOT work for the current principal. I resigned because I firmly believe that leaders determine culture, and that principal has had the worst impact on that school I have ever seen.
Ivy Preparatory Young Men's Leadership Academy is a school of choice in Atlanta, Georgia that serves K-12 scholars in DeKalb County. This school has made considerable strides within the first two years of existence and is continuing to gain leverage for and is truly to closing the achievement gap with young males within DEKALB COUNTY, GA. This academy is a leading school for urban males in Georgia and next school year when the blended high school begins, we will be able to provide our scholars with an international experience. It is truly a pleasure to lead at Ivy Preparatory Young Men's Leadership Academy, simply because we are able to make the world of opportunities happen for our scholars. Learning is our #1 Priority and we strive to facilitate this experience to the best of our ability everyday and in everyday.- We look for our parents to be involved in our instructional and cultural approaches and our expectations are very high for this involvement. Ivy Preparatory Academies provides innovative experiences for families and scholars who have an entrepreneur spirit and dedication to work along with the academy to change the fabric of their community. Go IPYMLA!
This school truly needs an upgrade. The scholars want more opportunities outside of sitting in a classroom and going on field trips that they have to pay for (which means only 10% of the middle school scholars got to go field trips). The teacher morale is low because they do not get the professional development they need, especially when some are not fully certified. Also, parents do not get clear communication about their scholar's progress or what is going on at the school. Now if all of this is happening at the bottom...the problem is at the top. Administration pushes more on the staff than they can handle with a lack of professional development, support, and understanding. Parents need to know what is going on, scholars need to be happy, and teachers need to be believed in. Will this school's charter be renewed?
I have been pleased with the school and their progress. My nephew has been challenged with the work in a positive way at Ivy Prep after leaving a private school. If they continue down the current path, they will definitely become a top school in DeKalb County.