Team Ivy Basketball Wins Championship

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 in Achievement, Gwinnett News, News

Team Ivy Basketball Wins Championship

Team Ivy Basketball defeated Atlanta Lady Vikings in the Lukesports Girls Basketball Championship 51-36. The team finished the season with an 11-1 record, previously losing during the regular season to Atlanta Lady Vikings 24-22. Reina Mitchom was named Championship MVP after scoring 31 points in the game.

This was the third basketball season of Team Ivy. During the first season, the team only won 2 games. Last year was a huge turnaround, with an undefeated regular season and a loss in the Championship by one point.

Corporate gift funds $100,000 playground at IPA Kirkwood

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Achievement, Kirkwood News, News

Corporate gift funds $100,000 playground at IPA Kirkwood

Students at Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood have a new $100,000 playground and outdoor classroom thanks to an act of corporate kindness this week. (more…)

Kirkwood Boys Principal Named to Learning Forward Foundation

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 in Achievement, Kirkwood News, News

acliftonmylesAt the December 2012 International Conference of Learning Forward in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Myles was named to the esteemed international Board of Directors for the Learning Forward Foundation.  The Learning Forward Foundation is dedicated to impacting the future of leadership in schools that act on the belief that continuous learning by educators is essential to improving the achievement of all students. The monies raised by the foundation provide grant opportunities and scholarships for individuals, schools or teams, principals, and superintendents to further Learning Forward’s purpose, “Every educator engages in effective professional learning every day so every student achieves.”

Congratulations to Governor’s Honors Nominees!

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 in Achievement, Gwinnett News

Ivy Preparatory Academy-Gwinnett has nominated 4 students to the state level interviews for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.

The Governor’s Honors Program, known as GHP, is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors. A function of the Georgia Department of Education, it takes place on the campus of Valdosta State University. The 2013 program will be the 50th summer, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation.

More than 2900 students from across the state will be interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February, and from those nominees up to 690 finalists will be chosen to participate in the 2013 program. Since the program is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no charge for students to attend.

During the four weeks of the program, students spend the morning in their major area of nomination, exploring topics not usually found in the regular high school classroom. During the afternoons, students choose one of the other areas in which to study. The curriculum in all the areas is challenging and engaging. Evenings are filled with seminars, activities, concerts, and performances.

Mr. Dale Lyles, director, said, “GHP is such a competitive program that even being nominated is an accomplishment. I congratulate the students of Ivy Preparatory Academy-Gwinnett and look forward to meeting them and their parents at the interviews.” He added that many if not most of GHP’s past participants regard it as one of the most life-changing events in their lives.

Ivy Preparatory Academy-Gwinnett’s nominees for the 2013 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program are Kandace Barzey (Chemistry); Rebekah Bills (Chemistry); Diana Dang (Mathematics); and Laura Sato (Dance)

Ivy Prep in the News!

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 in Achievement, Gwinnett News, IPA News, Kirkwood News, News

Ivy Prep in the News!

Ivy Preparatory Academy is making news for our academic accomplishments and dedication to students despite the struggles we have faced over maintaining a charter.

This week, the state Department of Education designated Ivy Prep at Gwinnett as a “rewards school” for a consistent record of high performance on state exams. IPA is the only Title I middle school and high school in Gwinnett County to receive the honor.

IPA will be featured this Sunday on a WSB news special at 10:30 a.m.

Here are some of the latest headlines on Ivy Prep:

“Award for Ivy Prep shows just how wrong Lowery and others crying ‘resegregation’ are”

“46 metro schools among state’s top Title 1 performing schools”

“Georgia Department of Education Releases List of Reward Schools”

“State honors local schools for performance, progress”

“Georgia Department of Education Releases List of Reward Schools”

“The Great Charter School Debate”

“The Great Charter School Debate”

IPA Gwinnett Named “Highest-Performing School”

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 in Achievement, Gwinnett News, IPA News

IPA Gwinnett Named “Highest-Performing School”

Ivy Preparatory Academy has been listed as one of the Georgia Department of Education’s “Highest-Performing School,” a designation reserved for schools with the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

A “Highest-Performing School” is a Title I school among the 5% of Title I schools in the State that has the highest absolute performance over three years for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments.   A Highest-Performing School must have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the “all students” group and all of its subgroups in 2011. A school may not be classified as a Highest-Performing School if there are significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing in the school.

Victoria Hudson Receives Principal Champion Award

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 in Achievement, Gwinnett News, IPA News

Victoria Hudson Receives Principal Champion Award

The principal of Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett, Ms. Victoria Hudson, was selected for the Principal Champion Award at next weekend’s Teach For America All Corps event! The All Corps Event Committee was impressed by Ms. Hudson’s leadership at Ivy Prep Academy, which was evident in the nominations Ivy Prep teachers Mr. Darrell Comer and Ms. Sofia Mohammed submitted for her. They were particularly inspired by the positive impact she makes on everyone, every day and the strategies she uses to hold students, teachers, parents, and herself accountable to high expectations. Her actions are clearly aligned with her vision and illustrate the amount of personal commitment and hard work she dedicates to the school community.

IPA Gwinnett WINS 1st Place in Statewide Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 in Achievement, IPA News

Ivy Prep Academy Gwinnett WINS 1st Place in Statewide Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest. The poster was created by the Art Club, under the direction of Ms. Markovic. The wining poster will be displayed at the Governor’s Red Ribbon Week Kick-Off Campaign on Oct. 18, 2012 at Centennial Park.

28% of Ivy Scholars Qualify for Duke TIP

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 in Achievement, Gwinnett News

Ivy Prep is proud to announce that 28% of 7th Grade scholars at Ivy Preparatory Academy have qualified for the Duke TIP Program! We are extremely proud of our girls’ accomplishments! Please see below for more information about the Duke TIP Program.

Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1980, over 2 million students have participated. The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. Participants gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.

Traditional testing often fails to measure the variation among many gifted students who reach the upper limits of scoring on grade-level exams. Above-level testing at least two years above a student’s current grade placement offers gifted students and their families a far better understanding of how the student compares to his or her gifted peers and what level of educational challenge is appropriate. In addition, experts at Duke TIP have developed and compiled information to inspire academically talented young people to learn through exciting educational opportunities.

Eligibility for enrollment is an honor and indicates outstanding intellectual ability. Duke TIP provides participants with an exciting, stimulating and challenging opportunity to augment their capabilities.*

*Directly extracted from the Duke TIP Website (

Georgia FBLA Recognizes Ivy Prep at Gwinnett

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 in Achievement

Recently, the Ivy Prep Middle School Chapter received recognition from Georgia FBLA for being one of the top 10 Middle Schools in Georgia with the highest membership! Ivy Prep ranked in 6th place with 110 FBLA members!

This year, the Ivy Prep FBLA chapter will participate in leadership conferences, competitions, tour colleges of business at local universities, and many more activities. We look forward to an exciting year!