Ivy Preparatory Academy offers our sincerest thanks to the parents who attended our recent town hall meetings. The following members of the Ivy Prep family have committed to making Ivy Prep a better network through their time, financial contributions, and more:
Jennifer Legardy-Williams, Charles Williams
Reginald / Emily Cormier
Come Cheer On Team Ivy During Final Season Games and Playoffs!
Team Ivy fans come fill the stands and show your support for the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams as they face their final games of the season.
The competition for a spot in the LukeSports league championship continues Friday with the final game of the regular season.
Team Ivy will battle KIPP Ways for a spot in the tournament.
The Gwinnett Monarchs will play KIPP Ways at 6:45 p.m. at KIPP Collegiate Gym , which is located at 98 Anderson Ave. NW, Atlanta.
The Knights of Ivy Prep Kirkwood will play KIPP Ways at 7:45 p.m. Friday at the same gym.
After the close of the regular season, LukeSports Tournament playoffs will begin Saturday.
The Monarchs have already earned a top spot in the playoffs. The team has a 7-1 record and is poised to have back-to-back tournament wins if they can defeat The Lady Vikings again.
The Vikings beat the Monarchs two years in a row during the regular season, including last school year when Ivy Prep won the LukeSports tournament championship. Scholar Reina Mitchom was named MVP at last year’s championship game against the Vikings after scoring 31 points.
Coach Terrence Waller is helping the Monarchs to prepare for their playoff grudge match against the Vikings.
“We are doing everything that we can to show the young men and young women that if you execute what we are asking you to do with excellence it is going to be turn out to be favorable for you,” said Waller.
The Knights face their final game of the regular season with an 0-8 record.
Waller said The Knights have been working on communication, team-building and sharpening plays. He said he believes their record will improve next season as the team continues to bond. (The Monarch’s first year record was 2-8.)
Team Ivy Sports will expand next year to include volleyball, tennis and golf. Waller said parents will be needed as boosters to raise funds and help the new teams.
“We will be looking to parents to support the teams, come to the games and volunteer in the concession stand,” said Waller.
The regular basketball season for Team Ivy will soon end with the following final games and playoff competitions at KIPP Collegiate Gym in Atlanta, 98 Anderson Ave. NW Atlanta:
Friday, Feb. 28: Team Ivy v. KIPP Ways
6:45 p.m. Team Ivy Gwinnett Monarchs
7:45 p.m. Team Ivy Kirkwood Knights
LukeSports Playoff Tournament begin Saturday, March 1.
Time: To Be Annonuced
Friday, March 7: Cheerleading and Dance Competition at KIPP Collegiate Gym
7 p.m. Team Ivy cheerleading squads face league cheerleaders
Saturday, March 8: Tournament Championship Game
Time: To Be Announced
Ivy Preparatory Academy Network held two Town Hall meetings recently to discuss the state’s new performance rating system for local schools, which is being launched this spring.
The Georgia Department of Education’s new accountability system will assign up to five stars rating the efficiency of public schools. The star ratings will accompany a school’s overall numeric grade.
Schools will be judged using the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which monitors student progress, school climate, parent satisfaction and financial stability.
“We will be graded on a scale of 0-to-100 the same way scholars are graded in class,” said Victoria Wiley, executive director of Ivy Prep Network.
Wiley encouraged parents to complete satisfaction surveys and brag about their school on social media, including websites like greatschools.org. Completing parent surveys can add points to the school climate star rating, she said.
“The same way we get on TripAdvisor.com and want to know whether we found a four-star hotel, the state will take your parent survey and develop a star rating for each school,” Wiley said.
The school rating system was changed by the state to help parents and the public better understand how local schools perform and compare with each other. It is a more comprehensive look at school performance than the previous pass-fail system. The previous rating system was based on an annual snapshot of test scores. Schools were designated as meeting “Adequate Yearly Progress” goals if students achieved benchmarks on state exams and in need of progress if test goals were missed.
The new rating system measures standardized test scores, parent and staff surveys, the academic growth rate of students and numerous other factors that make a school successful.
“It’s not just that my scholar passed the test,” said Joy Treadwell, principal of Ivy Prep Gwinnett. “We want to know how our scholars are growing over time so that we can make sure they will be college and career ready. Each year, you are going to see a growth rate. Students will be measured against their peers across the state.”
IPA Schools Narrow Achievement Gap
State performance index data reported for the 2012-13 school year shows that Ivy Prep Network schools are working to narrow the achievement gap between students of different races and incomes.
On average, Georgia public schools in 2012-13 received a performance index rating of 83.4. (The score includes 57.5 out of 70 possible student achievement points; 9.8 out of 15 student progress points; and 10.5 out of 15 achievement gap points for decreasing the learning gap between racial and economic groups.)
Ivy Prep Gwinnett out-performed the state average earning a score of 88.5. That score included 56.5 achievement points, 10.5 progress points and a perfect score of 15 achievement gap points.
Ivy Prep Gwinnett also scored higher than several other nearby Gwinnett middle schools with diverse populations and families who qualify for free and discounted lunch.
IPA Gwinnett scored higher than Summerour Middle of Norcross, which received a score of 77.1, and Louise Radloff Middle School, which received an overall score of 80.9.
The index rating for Ivy Prep Kirkwood School for Girls was 73.3, a performance rating higher than the 71.2 average for DeKalb County Schools, but slightly lower than the state average.
Kirkwood’s School for Girls also outperformed nearby elementary and middle schools serving similar diverse and economic populations. It scored higher than Chapel Hill Middle of Decatur, which received a 70.9.
Kirkwood’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy received an average score of 54.3 score.
Ivy Prep Network administrators said performance index ratings for all three schools are expected to increase due to changes in the curriculum. Last August, Ivy Prep campuses launched block scheduling to give scholars more time in classes to grasp lessons. Core classes for scholars run 90-minutes instead of an hour.
“We want to make sure at Ivy Prep that we are closing the achievement gap,” said Wiley.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to five Frequently Asked Questions about the new performance rating:
Q: What is CCRPI?
A: It is a new accountability system called the College and Career Ready Performance Index, which will roll out for the first time this spring. It shows parents and the public how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the former pass/fail Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) system.
Q: How are schools scored?
A: Each CCRPI report uses student achievement and school performance data from the previous school year. Each school will be assigned a star rating on a scale from 1 to 5 stars. This rating takes into account student, teacher and parent surveys; academic performance; and school effectiveness. Each school will also receive a grade from 0-100 just as our scholars do in their classes.
Q: How is an individual student’s progress tracked?
A: Progress is measured by your scholar’s academic performance, standardized exam performance and the Student’s Growth Percentile or SGP. An SGP describes a student’s growth in performance on state tests as compared to their peers statewide with similar prior achievement. A student’s growth percentile can range from 1 to 99,
Q: Why did the state Department of Education change the school accountability system?
A: The state Department of Education wants Georgia students to be 100 percent prepared for college and careers upon graduation. The new system is a more comprehensive approach to evaluating schools. The state wants Georgia public school graduates to be competitive globally. The index can be used as a roadmap for school improvement.
Q: Do high schools use the same performance index?
A: The index rates high schools by monitoring final exam scores; enrollment in Advanced Placement courses and fine arts classes; graduation rates; and participation in college entrance exams, among other things.
For more info: http://ccrpi.gadoe.org/2012/ccrpi.aspx
Due to the inclement weather and the scheduled school holiday, IPA scholars will return to school Wednesday, February 19. In order to ensure our scholars stay on track and focused, we have provided a list of resources. These links can be accessed electronically. Thank you for your continued support to fulfill our mission!
Coach Terrence Waller is planning for the day when new students will choose Ivy Prep not only for its college prep academic program, but also for its competitive sports.
And he has already begun to lay the foundation to expand Team Ivy Athletics.
In August, on the heels of a Gwinnett girl’s basketball tournament win, Waller expanded the basketball and cheerleading program to Ivy Prep Kirkwood.
And now, he’s spending school funds to make improvements in the Kirkwood gym so that Ivy Prep can host home games next year in basketball – and volleyball.
“We want to show that we are fully committed to athletics and have a facility for home games,” said Waller. “We will be looking to parents to support the teams, come to the games and volunteer in the concession stand.”
Officials with LukeSports will inspect improvements in the gym at Kirkwood to determine whether its basketball hoops and spectator areas meet qualifications to host home games for the league. The exposure could bring hundreds of parents and students to Ivy Prep next school year for athletic competitions.
On Friday, Team Ivy Girls Basketball, which has a 5-1 record, will play KIPP South Fulton Academy at 7:45 p.m. at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate Gym, 98 Anderson Ave. NW Atlanta. It will be the first game in nearly a month for the girls after snowfall and a forfeit by a competitor cancelled earlier contests.
Team Ivy has been cleaning up its offense and working on problem areas in its defense during the down time. Waller said if the team wins its next game, the Monarchs would return to the playoffs again and likely play the Lady Vikings and another team. The Lady Vikings is the one team that beat the Monarchs two years in a row including last school year when Ivy Prep won the tournament.
Kirkwood’s Boys Basketball team, The Knights, have a 0-6 record. Coaches say the team may rally and win its final games.
The Knights face KIPP South Fulton Academy at 8:45 p.m. Friday at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate Gym.
“The first year for the girls’ team we won 2-8,” Waller said. “This year, I would like to see the boy’s team win the rest of their games.”
The Knights have been working on communication, team-building and sharpening plays. Their record will improve next season as the team continues to bond.
Next school year, in addition to basketball, Ivy Prep scholar athletes also may be able to participate in volleyball, tennis and golf. Waller said parents will be needed as boosters to support the new teams and raise funds.
“Football and baseball will probably be the last sports added because of the expensive equipment costs,” said Waller.
From February 5 to March 19, Ivy Preparatory Academy is accepting Lottery Applications for the 2014-2015 school year. You may download the application here or pick up a paper copy from the front offices at our Gwinnett and Kirkwood campuses.
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Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett
3705 Engineering Drive
Norcross, Georgia 30092
- Serving girls
- For residents of Gwinnett County
- Enrolling in grades 6-8 for 2014-2015
- Note: Due to the large number of returning scholars in grades 9-11, new seats may not be available for our high school program. However, by completing this form, you will be notified if seats became available.
Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood
1807 Memorial Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30317
- Serving boys and girls in two single-gender academies
- For residents of DeKalb County
- Enrolling in grades K-9 for 2014-2015
Ivy Preparatory Academy would like to recognize our outstanding counselors: Ms. Saundria Zomalt at Kirkwood and Mrs. Stacey Foney and Mrs. Yori Scott at Gwinnett. Thank you for all you do for our scholars!
NORCROSS – The wintery weather conditions Tuesday kept the doors of Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett open past 11 p.m. for students stuck at school.
Ivy Prep principal Joy Treadwell remained on campus overtime to watch over a handful of students whose parents had trouble picking them up due to the snow and ice on roadways.
Ivy Prep parents must provide transportation for the more than 300 students who attend the high-performing public charter school for girls in Peachtree Corners.
“Our staff is dedicated to the safety of our teachers, parents and our scholars and when things don’t go as planned we just have to dig deep and persevere,” said Treadwell. “We were prepared to stay all night if we had to.”
Ivy Prep Academy usually dismisses at 4 p.m., but administrators said they released students nearly two hours early due to the storm conditions.
Some students remained after dismissal because their parents were stuck in traffic on the roadways. Others had car trouble.
Assistant principal Chaz Patterson and Treadwell entertained students until their parents trickled in hours late. The final student was picked up shortly after 11 p.m.
“The girl’s mother was trying so hard to get to her child that she found a neighbor who had three-wheel drive,” said Nina Gilbert, school founder. “The student went home on the back of an all-terrain vehicle.”
When the last student left, Treadwell and Patterson joined hundreds of other metro area residents who decided to play it safe instead of making the long trek home over snow and ice in below freezing temperatures.
“Ms. Treadwell and I are fine, as we made the smart decision to get rooms at a hotel instead of driving home,” Patterson said.
Ivy Prep’s Kirkwood campus in Atlanta also dismissed more than 400 other DeKalb County students at 2:30 p.m.
Students at IPA Kirkwood for Girls were picked up by 4:30 p.m. The last student left Young Men’s Leadership Academy at 6:30 p.m., said Victoria Wiley, executive director of IPA.
Wiley said administrators stayed in contact with staff and parents who left late in the storm “to ensure they make it home safely.”
On Thursday, February 6, 2014, Ivy Preparatory Academy will be having our next substitute teacher training at 1:30 PM at our Gwinnett campus. Please RSVP by completing the form here.
Mark your calendars. An important Town Hall meeting will be held this Thursday at Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood.
The Town Hall will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria shared by IPA at Kirkwood for Girls and the Young Men’s Leadership Academy. School administrators and governing board members will discuss news about the future of IPA schools and programs. Enrollment and fundraising activities also will be discussed.
“It’s a mid-year check-in,” said Victoria Wiley, executive director of Ivy Preparatory Academy. “We want to update parents on different activities that are taking place and academic performance of scholars at IPA Kirkwood schools. Test data will be released.
Officials with Ivy Prep’s governing board will also announce aggressive fundraising plans. “Our board is planning to roll out a fundraising campaign that we are extremely excited about,” said Wiley.
Ivy Prep’s lead founder Nina Gilbert, executive director of the Ivy Prep Foundation, is also scheduled to attend the meeting. Gilbert will share information about her work as a national advocate for school reform and how it benefits IPA.
Gilbert, a nationally acclaimed visionary in the charter school movement, has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She advises IPA’s senior management team to ensure that there is fidelity to her strategic vision for the schools of Ivy Preparatory Academy. Gilbert also works to forge essential partnerships with universities, national education reform organizations, philanthropists and elected officials at the local and national levels to benefit the success of Ivy Preparatory Academy.
IPA’s enrollment season for new scholars runs from Feb. 5 to March 19. Parents will be asked to serve as community ambassadors for IPA. “We want our parents to continue to encourage families to attend Ivy Prep as we begin our enrollment season,” said Wiley.