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Gwinnett Scholars Visit Air Traffic Tower For Lesson On Communication

Fifteen Ivy Preparatory Academy scholars visited the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport recently to observe the importance of effective communications in the offices of a federal air traffic control tower.

The field trip to the Federal Aviation Administration ended an enrichment unit on the dynamics of good communication
that gave students tips on expressing themselves whether they are interviewing for a job, speaking in a classroom, or
working in a group. Scholars who excelled in the lessons were invited to the airport for a behind-the-scenes look at
communications on the job for air traffic controllers.

“When we thought about a place where effective communication is key and critical, we decided to take them
to see the airportʼs air traffic control tower,” said Joy Treadwell, principal of Ivy Prep Gwinnett. “These are life-
saving jobs. Air traffic controllers communicate with pilots and help them to take off and land safely. We talked about the communication tools and the language they use.”

Scholars toured the tower, which is the largest in North America. From their view nearly 400 feet above the airport,
they could see the Atlanta skyline, planes flying, and luggage moving on carts.

“The view was stunning,” said Jedidah Titus, a seventh grader at Ivy Prep. “You could see so many airplanes. We learned that communication was extremely vital for the safety of planes and their passengers. When pilots fly to a destination, they talk to air traffic control in every city on the way to that destination.”

Scholars observed the work of air traffic controllers and talked to employees about their jobs, including a female manager.

“They got to see that very few women work as air traffic controllers,” Treadwell said. “They asked the women that were
there what it is like working in a male-dominated career.”

The experience made seventh grader Asia Aaron begin to rethink her decision to be a veterinarian.

“It was awesome,” she said. “I loved seeing the planes up close. People were busy talking to pilots. It was exciting. It really made an impact on me.”

Emma Fruge, an eighth grader, said she enjoyed being around the planes so much that she hoped she could “fit it in her career” if possible. Fruge wants to be a fashion designer. “I asked about flight attendants and how much the make,” she said. “They earn about $40,000 and get to fly to great places.”

The enrichment study for all scholars at Ivy Prep Gwinnett will continue with lessons on leadership and civic engagement next. The program is supported by curriculum from Stanford Universityʼs Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL), which trains students to become community leaders.

“This enrichment program is a personal passion of mine,” Treadwell said. “It allows us to create a shared vision of what leadership looks like and to also focus on values.”

Parkview Station Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Saturday, November 1, Ivy Preparatory Academy will be hosting an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at our Kirkwood campus. This occasion celebrates the purchase of the building and shopping center at Parkview Station that houses Kirkwood for Girls and Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Through this acquisition, Ivy Preparatory Academy has made a significant investment in your child’s education and academic future. Please join us for this special celebration.

Please RSVP to attend.

Ivy Preparatory Academy Cordially Invites You to the

Parkview Station
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Saturday, November 1, 2014
11:00 a.m.

Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood
1807 Memorial Drive. Atlanta, Georgia 30317

Founder’s Daughter First Ivy Prep Scholar Accepted To College

Seven years ago, Brittany Gilbert was the first sixth grader to enroll in Ivy Preparatory Academy, Georgia’s first single-gender public charter school. Now, as a senior at Ivy Prep, Gilbert has achieved another milestone. She is the first to be accepted to college.

Gilbert, 17, was accepted to Hampton University, her top college choice, recently during Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards
Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center. Hampton University admissions officials recruiting students at the Expo’s College Fair interviewed Gilbert, looked over her application and transcripts, and gave her a letter of acceptance to take home with her.

Read the Feature (.pdf)

Ivy Prep “Saturday Swag Days” are back!

Starting in October, the first Saturday of every month is Ivy Prep Saturday Swag Day! We’re asking all scholars, parents, and staff to put on their favorite Ivy Prep t-shirt while they’re out in the community. Take a photo while you’re out in your spirit wear and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Prizes will be awarded each month to the best, most creative entries.

Next Saturday Swag Day: October 4, 2014

BETA Club and National Junior Honor Society

Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett would like to congratulate our 7th and 8th grade scholars for their academic achievement. A number of our scholars have qualified both for BETA Club (3.5 GPA or higher) as well as the National Junior Honor Society (3.7 GPA or higher).


  • 7th Grade: 39% of scholars
  • 8th Grade: 45% of scholars

National Junior Honor Society

  • 7th Grade: 28% of scholars
  • 8th Grade: 36% of scholars

Additionally, 20% of Ivy Prep 7th graders qualified for the Duke TIP Program.

Duke TIP is a global leader in identifying academically gifted students and providing them with opportunities to support their development. Find out what these TIPsters had to say about their Talent Search experience.
– from the Duke TIP web site.

Great job, scholars!

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