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Portland, OR
Students enrolled: 244

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4212 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97218

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(503) 288-8820
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October 19, 2013
My son has mild ADHD. This school has been incredibly supportive for him. He is doing well, and happy. The upper elementary program/Middle school is amazing.

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September 30, 2013
The Ivy Montessori Charter School was established 5 years ago and due to exceptional faculty, a new Administrator and highly dedicated parents, has grown to 240 students in 2013-14. The school offers not only excellent academic programming but arts, music and bilingual Spanish as well as a nurturing and creative environment for students. Our oldest child has attended since it's opening and has thrived - a year ahead in reading and math and a supportive, fun group of friends. Thank you to the State of Oregon for its funding for such a fabulous school!

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September 27, 2013
the place to be if you want your child to get specialized learning opportunities, exposure to the community, and opportunities to give back to the school by volunteering your specialty skills! And what is the best? We have a DRAGON as our mascot!! Awesome!

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September 27, 2013
Private school feel with a few public school quirks. After a few unsuccessful years in Gen Ed, we knew our child deserved something different. Thus far, Ivy has calmed him, made him feel successful, and he comes home beaming. It is a warm, caring environment. The class sizes are too large (32 children with 2 adults at the helm) but we've found this to be the case in every public and/or charter school we toured. Also, the parent community is somewhat lackluster - not for lack of effort, but it's a strange set up that does not allow for after-school mingling/planning on theplayground (which is so very tiny) while the kids run around. Parents dissapate quickly after school. NOTE: Montessori is not for everyone - you have to know what you are signing up for, the ebb and flow of the natural learning environment can be noisy and seem chaotic. Children who thrive here are those who do well in more self-directed, self-regulated settings, surrounded by educational, sensorial-based learning tools. My best advice? Research Montessori FIRST to see if it's a fit for your child. Come in and do an observation. Ask questions. THEN, if you like it, apply!

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September 26, 2013
We are new to Ivy and very excited to be there. Our 3rd grader did not do well win a standard public school classroom where she was lost in the crowd and spent her days waiting for the end. Ivy is very different. It's a wonderful community and the teachers and staff really get to know the kids. They have time to play every day, and learning is in small groups, so children learn at their own pace and no one gets lost in the shuffle.

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September 26, 2013
I'm so glad we found The Ivy School! The Montessori materials, the mixed age classrooms, the devoted teachers (with a lower student-teacher ratio) and a Principal who is attentive to the individual while also looking out for every student in the community ---all add up to a fantastic place where I count myself lucky to send my child. Criticisms -- a small play area at Prescott campus, and a struggle to feel community because of the two campuses and lack of place for parents/kids to congregate . I am hoping that the administration and PTA will address these issues and that Ivy will continue to grow. It is a young school and I think parents need to involve themselves more, but I believe that will come in time.

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September 26, 2013
The middle school/ upper elementary program (4th-5th, and then 6th-8th) is a secret gem. Dedicated teachers, very sweet and motivated children, and Montessori pedagogy when children really need it. I can't believe that this program isn't overflowing-- it is really amazing!

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August 20, 2013
My child was labeled "TAG" in kindergarten and his public school could not keep up with him. They would just give him workbooks to work on while his classmates were being taught subject matter he already learned and mastered. We moved to Ivy and *what a difference*. The classroom materials allows him to move ahead at his own pace (his pace just happens to be FAST). His teacher is in tune with his needs and gives him lessons that he understands, yet challenges him. I know Ivy was the right school for us and we are so happy to be part of this thriving community.

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August 01, 2013
My daughter has attended this school for 2 years and will be there this fall for 3rd grade. She LOVES school, and her teacher, and is thriving academically and socially. (And when your kid is excited about school, the learning increases exponentially!) The Montessori approach has provided her with the freedom to work at her own level on multiple subjects, which means she's working far ahead of grade level in language and math while on grade level in other areas. The teachers and administrators treat the students with respect, and discipline is handled in a firm but respectful manner as well. The parent community is friendly, supportive and enthusiastic. The school is still new and needs parent involvement and commitment to thrive and grow. Our only regret is that, as a small charter, there are no "specials" teachers, so art and music are handled through classroom performances, independent exploration, and after school classes (for a fee). (The PTA organizes a great after school line-up). The lower elementary students do get P.E. by traveling to a nearby community center. Still, we feel lucky our child is at Ivy School. We really do feel we "won the lottery" getting in!

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August 01, 2013
It is kind of like a daycare. This school could be good... but really fails children who are advanced or gifted learners. Kids are grouped 30 to one teacher and an aid. Classrooms are mixed age ~ so grades 1 - 3. Which is alright if your child is in grade 1 and working above grade level, but terrible when your child is in 3rd grade and there is nothing for them to really do and the teacher is preoccupied with other things. The child is blamed for things beyond their control. There are few books and few materials for the kids to actually work on. If you are a parent who can go in weekly and volunteer a lot and make sure your child is actually being given lessons, it might be a good school for you. Also, the teachers do very little development with gifted students. They don't really understand that gifted children may approach things completely differently and insist that a child "practice" something so many times... well, a gifted kid may get it the first time, and may even skip complete steps! The school is chaotic and poorly organized. Could be good, but really visit and observe.

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The Ivy School
4212 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR  97218
(503) 288-8820
Last modified The Ivy School is a Charter school that serves grades 1-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
The Ivy School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews. Top