I truly believe that what you as a parent invest in your child's education, you get back! My daughter attends Ivy Prep Academy, and had a great year academically and socially. Given the financial resources, made available to the school, I feel that Ivy Prep has done a good job at helping to educate my daughter. The curriculum for the most part is more hands on, which works well for my child. There were a number of opportunities for cultural and academic field trips. I can see areas that need improvement, i.e. parental involvement (come to meetings and give useful feedback and help out), and the need for an incentive program to retain good, quality teachers. Parents, invest in your children's education, with time and effort, and stop expecting the schools to do all of the work!
I think in the beginning they had the best intention to create a school with an outstanding learning environment but due to the ongoing battle with the school board, Ivy Prep was NEVER able to offer a strong curriculum. The main problem with this "charter" is that they make parents believe they have a "college preparatory" curriculum and all their classes are extremely rigorous but trust me, that's not the case. Just because they can get high scores on the CRCT that does not mean it is a solid school. In fact, mine is going to high school & we learned she is 2 years behind in math. She is a straight A student and scores above average in the CRCT! I had a very long chat with the school counselor from my scholar's new high school and she tells me that Ivy Girls have a rough time and usually underperform (especially in math). My scholar is now taking summer classes to catch up! Don't let this be you for the love of God! Don't be fooled by this scam! I feel sorry for all the Ivy Girls that are doing high school, they have no clue... All that glitters is NOT gold....
I'd like to say there isn't a perfect school for 100 percent of the attending students. You can't expect the school that your child attends to correct ALL problems. That's where you as a parent come in. Middle school is the most difficult time for young girls. If you are expecting Ivy Prep to parent your child and the teachers at Ivy to become your child hero, I think you may want to reevaluate yourself as a parent. You should be your child's hero. Ivy is not drama free.. The world isn't either.. nor is GC public schools. Let's make realistic expectations of Ivy Prep. I know I am.. I just received my daughter's acceptance on Friday, and my daughter is excited. She's never had any behavior problems nor academic issues, and I don't expect that to change at Ivy Prep. Yes I've heard the horror stories about bullying, drama, etc... but that exist at all schools...ie; Woodward Academy. .SACA..Atlanta International etc.. Be a part of a solution not a contributor to the problem.
great school.especially the 8th grade science teacher, Ms.Clarke. she does teach at a very fast pace and is a great teacher.i used to go to ivy prep but i had to leave because it was too far away from home. i was an 8th grade student and she was my favorite teacher. R.A
Ivy Preparatory Academy has been an amazing place for me to grow as an educator. We are truly focused on our mission. Our Mission is more than just a placard placed on our walls. It is engrained in everything that we do. We are a school that provides a very structured environment for adolescent girls to thrive. I have enjoyed working here and watching the scholars grow into young women who are ready for anything.
This school is a great place that provides structure and great instruction! Ivy Prep's teachers are phenomenal and provide truly organic instruction that can not be found in a text book. The teachers and administrators have high expectations of all scholars, while providing a warm and nurturing environment. Ivy Prep is a great choice for your daughter!
My daughter attends IPA and what I love most about the school is how much her teachers care about her success. Sometimes when she loses motivation, there is always a teacher who encourages her and reminds her of her abilities. Unlike her large school in Gwinnett, her teachers at IPA do not accept failure or low expectations of their students. My daughter is not just another student at IPA. Her teachers know who she is as a person and that makes me as a parent feel like she is in the right place!
This is a wonderful school to work for! It is full of mission-fit educators who are intentional about serving scholars, closing the achievement gap, and loving kids. We are relatively new, and look for educators who have what to improve our schools and server our students. For parents, who are looking for a great learning institutions this is the place for you!!!
I am currently going through the enrollment process. Three phone calls and three emails later I still don't have an answer to my questions. This is a tough process (choosing a new school), but unfortunately or fortunately IVY Prep is making this decision easier. The Principal came to our school and gave a great talk.
Ivy Prep is a unique school, they not only believe in the mission preparing scholars to enter and succeed in college, but they teach the mission daily. Limited distractions and middle school drama. All girls 100% Free College Prep Mission Family Environment
Excellent school. If you are looking for free education with private school quality, Ivy Prep is the school for you. Students are addressed as scholars and treated with dignity. Teacher actually want to be there and there is free after school help! No other school for my scholars!!!
Wonderful school - they really are preparing young ladies for college and life!!! Our daughter has blossomed in her 3 years attending school there. They instill avoojntsbility and responsibility for actions and truly push and challenge students to the next level in a creative effective manner.
The school is okay. I mean there is alot of drama but thats what you get by putting a bunch of girls together! Ivy is very good academically, I came in a B C student and im going to 7 th grade an A A+ student (and I was no teachers faveorite!) To the parent that wrote that there are no connections classes such as spainish and P.E. ....THERE ARE! They have spainish taught by Ms. Deloach, P.E. taught by Dr. Waller, Cheerleading coached by Ms. Dudek, Basketball coached by Coach Comer and Dr. Waller, Art Club taught by Ms. Marcovich, knitting and crochet club taught by Ms. Chatel and Ms. Dudek, Student Government, Future Buisiness Leaders of America, and MORE! Ivy Prep is a great school. Of corse you have you occasional drama, but thats because of three things... Its ALL GIRLS, Its a new school, and girls are trying to make themselves known by seeing who's the "baddest". But when you do look back at the year you see great SCHOLARS winning awards at Ivy Honors (I won the Social Studies award, The all A's award, and 'Most Likely to Win an Oscar.) The school will allow your kid to change herself for the better, your kid may just be choosing to focus on other people.
I'm sorry to hear from the parents who had bad experiences at Ivy Prep. I can say firsthand that the faculty and staff of the school take the mission very personally, and the school's record of achievement speaks for itself. Ivy Prep consistently outperform Gwinnett County Public Schools on the CRCT in nearly all subjects areas. For example, in 2012 in the 6th grade alone, the percentage of scholars who met or exceeded standards was 100% in reading, 99% in ELA, 95% in math, 94% in social studies, and 92% in science. In addition, Ivy Prep was the only middle school in Gwinnett County designated "Highest Performing" by the Georgia Department of Education. To be classified as highest-performing, a school s test scores and graduation rates must fall in the top five percent among Title I schools for three consecutive years. With all that said, I know the school is constantly working to improve and welcomes any constructive dialogue from parents that will help make the school even better.
This school is terrible! Period. Just terrible. We had to transfer our daughter after many many dissappointments. Our daughter WAS NOT learning and mastering anything. A big dissappointment. They talk a good game to get you to enroll, but they greatly fall short of delivery and execution!!! Do not waste your time.
We pulled our daughter from Ivy Prep after the 3rd nine weeks this year, which was more than a fair opportunity for Ivy Prep to have proved it's marketing and mission to us and to our daughter - which it had failed to do on all accounts. Unfortunately, I can attest to ALL of the claims of the parent posting on May 17, 2012. In the beginning, Ivy Prep promised a rigorous, college prep education. Our daughter rarely brought home homework and because they do not teach with books, it was difficult to study independently for upcoming tests or quizzes. Grades were weighted in favor of daily work significantly more than testing, which seems a poor way of gauging how well material is being mastered. Our daughter, formerly an A-B student, was doing poorly on tests at Ivy Prep but her overall grades were still B's, and she wasn't learning the material, and did poorly on the CRCT pre-tests, along with the rest of her class. Facilities are marginal, there is no nurse, and student conduct (which they sold us on as being rigid and respectful) was horrid. Many fights and abusive, foul language used by students constantly, all of which are "hushed up" by administration. VERY disappointed.
WARNING:DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE if you care about their academic future. My daughter just wrapped up her second year here Lots of empty promise and smoke and mirror routines of what the parents should expect academically. The school day is 1hr longer and there isn't any type of second languages, P.E. or anything outside of the general mandatory classes. There is also an immense about of fights that are kept hush hush amongst the staff and students. This will leave your child overwhelmed and no longer enthused about school as it has done mines. I have watch this school pretend to be a "junior college" but its more of a publicity stunt. I entered the Ivy world exited but I am leaving disappointed as school is a intricate part of a child's life development and college preparation. DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD HERE.
This a great school of CHOICE for the most difficult years of a young girls' life based on the schools' core values and curriculum. I can see where they challenge the scholars academically and assist them in being responsible & more importantly respectable young ladies. I am impressed to see that they outperformed their peers within the county on the CRCT tests. That alone shows the dedication of the Teachers, Parents and, the Scholars particularly thru all of the challenges they've had to endure. I love Ivy Prep Academy! I'm pretty sure if other public schools had to go thru the same exact pitfalls they would not be as successful when against all odds.
i love ivy prep this school challenges me to higher levels even though i am in the gifted program this is the school for me i reccommend ivy prep to everyone who has a upcoming middle or high school daughter.
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