Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood will hold promotion ceremonies on Monday to celebrate the academic achievement and growth of kindergartners, fifth, and eighth graders.
Combined ceremonies will be held for scholars at Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood School for Girls and Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Scholars can invite up to four guests to the ceremonies.
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell will be guest speaker for the kindergarten ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 16. YMLA scholars should wear a black-collared shirt and black slacks. Kindergarten girls should wear dresses.
Mitchell, a graduate of Morehouse College, is an attorney who works in global real estate and finance at the international firm DLA Piper. He served on the Atlanta City Council for eight years before being elected as president of the council.
Fifth Grade Ceremony
Tolton Pace, Chairman of the Ivy Preparatory Academy Board of Trustees, will be guest speaker for the fifth grade promotion ceremony at 11 a.m. YMLA scholars should wear a white shirt, black slacks, and a gold tie to the event. Girls should wear a white dress and white shoes.
Pace, a youth pastor, has worked for several nonprofits that focus on helping students achieve their college dreams. He is a former college scholarship coordinator with Project GRAD at Atlanta Public Schools. He currently works as a staff associate for the Washington High School Cluster, and a College and Latino Ministry Coordinator for Young Life, a nonprofit youth support services network.
Eighth Grade Ceremony
Alisha Morgan, executive director of Ivy Preparatory Academies, will be guest speaker for the eighth grade promotion ceremony at 6 p.m. YMLA scholars should wear a white shirt, a gold tie, black slacks, and an Ivy blazer. Girls should wear a white dress and white shoes.
Morgan, a national leader in education reform, is a former state legislator who co-sponsored a Constitutional Amendment expanding school choice in Georgia. She was elected to the State Legislature at age 23, and was the first African American to serve in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 2012, Morgan co-sponsored state legislation that allowed an alternate state authorizer to open charter schools denied by reluctant local school districts. Morgan was also appointed by former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to serve on a committee that reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a federal guideline to increase school accountability for student achievement.
Morgan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Drama from Spelman College and is a earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University. She is an entrepreneur, a nationally sought after motivational speaker, and a graduate of the prestigious Broad Superintendent’s Academy, an 18-month program that prepares executives to lead and transform urban schools districts.