I am very pleased with IPA. This is my daughter's second year and although we had a stronger bond with her last year teacher, this year has gone been going well so far. True, as with most fairly new schools, there is room for improvement. But compared to the school we were zoned for, this is a far better choice! Hopefully next year there will be a better sense of stability. We feel like we never really know what's going to actually take place when we're told. With more parent involvement, I'm sure next year will be even better!
This is the second year my daughter has attended. While it's not perfect, I am more than satisfied with the high level of curriculum, discipline, and strides made to continuously up the ante for the scholars education. Her classwork and homework are challenging and the expectation of excellence has been made clear to her by her teacher and administrators. I can't speak for the middle school grades, but the elementary grade teachers are great! The only thing I can say that concerns me is the lack of parental involvement. Because this is a charter school, parents had to make a conscious decision to enroll their child, so they more than understand that their participation is expected. Unfortunately, there is a disconnect between expectations and what is actually happening. If you're a parent who wants to give your child a fighting chance and understand that it may not happen at their traditional home school, give Ivy Prep a try!
IPA is definitely not what I expected when I signed up for my daughter to attend this school. I agree with one of the previous posts regarding uniforms I also spent over $500 and they didn't even enforce the uniform policy. Three years later they are trying to enforce it and parents are not happy. Most teachers are first time instructors, appear to have no training, and can not control their classes. Few of the teachers have certificates and they do not communicate well with parents. I believe the demographics of this school has a lot to do with it being an epic failure compared to the success of the Gwinnett County campus. There are not enough parents who care to force the administration to do something different. After the first year I wanted to give them an opportunity to make it better but it got worse. I've been trying to put my daughter into another school but School Choice did not work in my favor and moving my child to her home school might be "cutting off my nose to spite my face". If you are considering IPA/Kirkwood for your daughter, please make sure you do your research first. And by all means, please do not confuse it with the rating of the Gwinnett campus.
I would be very cautious about sending your daughter to this school. My daughter was exposed to inappropriate sexual conduct amongst the girls, foul language, and a slower than average curriculum. The administrators seemed to be more concerned with pushing their own agendas than shaping the girls into the best that they can be. I transferred my daughter to a private school. I am still dealing with the horrible mistake of sending my daughter to this school. Beware!
My daughter attended Kindergarten at Ivy Prep Academy at Kirkwood and I am very pleased! She tested above average in all subjects and I definitely give the praise to her teacher who was dedicated and cared for the girls. I love the single gender idea, since it is a proven fact that girls learn differently than boys (I have both a girl and boy). The main office staff communicates well by sending out weekly newsletters via email to keep parents informed as well as allow parents to view progress reports and report cards online. We will be returning! My son will be starting Kindergarten in the fall.
Unlike our zoned school the kids get that one on one from the teachers that they need. Their methods are non-traditional which a plus is for the children of this time. Ivy stresses respect and character building, sets HIGH expectations that the scholars enjoy striving to achieve while being encouraged to think outside of the box. Collages (Harvard, FAMU, Brown, etc.) not classes sets the SCHOLAR not just a student mentality in motion. The teachers and staff They are very pleasant and welcoming and have consistently shown the scholars and parent the respect that they in turn demand. It s a sacrifice to get my scholar there and back each day due to conflicting schedules but it s worth every bit of it. My child went from being a C student at her zoned school to an A -B in the first year at Ivy. Thank GOD she is now back at Ivy and back on the right track. With more parent involvement and dedication I see this campus being just as successful as the Gwinnett campus.
We had a very poor experience at this school. There was rampant bullying and verbal abuse between the students (middle school aged girls) and the adminstration did not appear to be able to get a handle on the issues, merely reinforcing 'respect each other and be nice' platitudes. The teachers are willing and able and are almost without exception young and enthusiastic, but I fear their youth and inexperience may be their downfall in being able to identify and eliminate bad behavior in the classroom. The uniform is restrictive and expensive in the planning and purchasing phase but the enforcement of the uniform policy is lax, making me wonder why there was the need to purchase $500+ of uniform if the rules are not subsequently enforced. Overall, the faux-private school appearance is, at best, a sham. I hesitated for months before writing a negative review out of respect for the young teachers and counselors who are talented and enthusiastic and have many great ideas to educate their sometimes unruly charges, but it would be unfair to prospective parents to not point out the major inadequacies of school leadership to address the major discipline and identity issues of this school.
I have a 6th grader here who WILL be returning, We love the single gender model. The girls are more confident and willing to step into leadership roles. The teachers are fantastic, very enthusiastic and innovative. There is a strict uniform policy with professional wear required on Mondays. The school will add a grade each year, until it is K - 12. They have an extended school day (7:50am - 4:00pm) and academic support after school and Saturdays. Recently the girls were assigned to plan an event, poetry night. They picked the children that performed, organized a raffle, decorated, planned and bought concessions and emceed the event. They were graded on the quality of the show, attendance of the students and amount of money raised. The boys school had the same assignment for another evening. It turned out to be a great competition and taught them to think like entrepreneurs. The money raised will be used for a field trip. This is the type of program I was looking for when I signed my daughter up.
it is a great school there is no bullying my friend said she loved the school
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