I enrolled my daughter in Ivy Prep Academy because I had been warned by her elementary school teacher that my daughter is a competitor and will excel around those who also strive to succeed. I am ecstatic at my decision, my daughter's grades and test scores have greatly improved! She brags about the creative teaching methods and of her relationship with her teachers (which was non-existent in her home school unless a child misbehaved). Even she is impressed with how well she's doing! She has been speaking about career choices and her possible college choices. The school also sends invitations for events that contribute to her exposure to professionals and the college environment (ie. STEM program held at GA Tech). I love Ivy Prep Gwinnett and what it has done for the college and career opportunities that will be available to my daughter. She was first enrolled in the 6th grade and is now in the 7th.
This is a awesome school. My daughter has grown into such a magnificent young lady and I believe Ivy Prep helped her along the way. The curriculum is definitely challenging and helps prepare our young ones for college! Thanks Ivy Prep for a wonderful experience!
Ivy Prep for girls is a curriculum focused education. Without the distractions of boys and clothes, the girls are able to spend time planning the futures that they want for themselves. I would like to have more one-on-one time with the administration to focus on what is the best course of study for my child; and, I plan to request an appointment to do this because Ivy is there for me and my daughter. The school could improve with more students, especially at the high school level, this seems to be when the girls want to leave Ivy to go to a school with boys. The teachers at Ivy have enriched my daughter's life and taught her to plan and work for the future that she wants.
Though parents absolutely love this school, they have yet to witness the nine hours school scheduele in the school in their childs eyes. I was once a student there, and transferred to a better school: McConnell MS. I had been in advance classes all my life and after spending a year at IPA I was taken out of the program (everything there is regular ed). The students are quite rude and pay no attention to the school. This could be quite distracting and the teachers have no idea how to handle it. The cafeteria food is disgusting as well. Once, the cafe ordered (yes, because we can't afford a real kitchen where we can cook) some spaghetti and the whole school was sick. Many students complained it was the greenish cheese that was ontop of the spaghetti. Though IPA is very good at giving you the convincing "we strive for excellence" talk at every parent meeting, the children's behavior, staff's lack of motivation does not prove that statement at all.
I am very impressed with ivy prep gwinnett. They have a variety of resources available to the parent and child. They set your child up for success from day one. They all have the same goal and together with patent and teacher and faculty(village)your child will be equipped with the tools to succeed far beyond high school and college!
My child started at Ivy Prep in the fall of 2011. It started off as a very stable environment for her. As time went on, I wasn't so sure. I started to become more involved with the school, and I'm telling you: Ivy Prep is not what it seems if you're on the outside looking in. There are tons of distractions such as students with IEPs, constant interruptions, and under qualified teachers. If you value your daughters education, send her elsewhere. Do not fall under Ivy Prep's facade. I also noticed a lot of incidents of nepotism and favoritism throughout our journey. The administration are false, the teachers are false, and the school itself is false. Ivy Prep is a NO!
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.