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2014-2015 Team Ivy Basketball and Cheer Teams


Please see the list of team members listed below for the 2014-2015 Team Ivy Basketball and Cheer Teams. We will host a parent and scholar athlete meeting on each campus on the following dates listed below. This meeting is mandatory and should be accompanied with the fees associated for each team. The completion of departmental paperwork will occur along with discussions from the coaching staff and Athletic Director with reviewing the departmental handbook.

Gwinnett Parent & Scholar-Athlete Meeting for Basketball & Cheerleading
Monday, September 22, 2014
IPA Gwinnett Cafe
5:00 PM

Kirkwood Parent & Scholar-Athlete Meeting for Basketball & Cheerleading
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
IPA Kirkwood Gym
5:00 PM

Gwinnett Girls Basketball Team Roster:

Mya Matthews
Raijene Murphy
Madison Doss
Elana Taylor
Lauren Edwards
Kyler Woods
Londe Hall
Jade Gordon
Janet Fasesin
Karlynn Kerry
Kenia Calderon
Taylin Williams
Alex Pearson
Daijah Figgures
Jasmine Weathersby-Alexander


Amara Noble
Jahayla Curry-Williams

Gwinnett Cheerleading Team Roster:

Deja Green
Courtney Everett
Jade Whitaker
Carolynn Louis
Alanna Ramsoondar
Alyssa Francis
Nakesha Pickens
Kayla Williams
Makiya Reid
Shakayla Hadden
Indya Howard
Nia Madden
Kirstin Edwards
Asiyah Pearson
Summer Wgsinger

Kirkwood Boys Basketball Team Roster:

Kenneth Johnson

Titus Hand
Justin Jackson
Jovon Howard
Tywun Daniel
Syrus Kee
Noah Evans
Javion Leek
Jalen Leek
Christopher Culbreath
Franc Spears
Travarous Alexander
Cameron Florence
Mohamad Diallo
Jimari Monro

Kirkwood Cheerleading Team Roster:

Jadyn Shoulars
Makayla Lewis
Kennedy Jenkins
Mackenzie Gates
Gabrielle Jennings
Destiny Crocker
Remari Watkins
Mariah Monroe
Tonina Lima
Jocelyn Williams
Ezraella Clark
Jessica Tinch

School-Parent Compact 2014-2015

Ivy Preparatory Academy, scholars participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families, agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the scholars will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement as well as describes how school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

Download the School-Parent Compact (.pdf)

Back to Business: Students, Staff Settle Into Teaching And Learning

Ivy Prep Academy Scholars Back On Campus And Ready To Learn

Returning scholars at Ivy Preparatory Academy Network schools settled into the familiar routine of classes, homework, and planning for college as school resumed for upperclassmen last week.

Ivy Prep enrolls nearly 1,000 scholars in its Gwinnett and DeKalb county campuses. Enrollment has more than doubled among high school students this academic year as Ivy Prep’s high school, which offers an innovative blended curriculum of traditional and online instruction, was expanded to Kirkwood’s School for Girls and Ivy Prep’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy.

The Class of 2015 is scheduled to graduate on May 23. IPA’s first senior class has 11 scholars, including several students who have been at IPA since it opened during their sixth grade year. Seniors will receive individualized attention to help them stay on track for graduation and get accepted to the colleges of their choice.

“I think they are ready to go to college, but they know they have to get there first,” said Chelsea Henderson, a high school math teacher in Gwinnett who recently joined the staff. “This will be an exciting year for them.”

A back-to-school slumber party was held in Gwinnett to build school spirit and allow students to re-connect with friends.

Administrators on both campuses are seeking the aid of parents, community leaders, and business partners to help Ivy Prep host more activities for scholars and enhance academic and arts programs.

During a recent Lunch & Learn session, Mrs. Victoria Wiley, executive director of IPA Network, also enlisted the help of community partners from the YMCA; the Atlanta Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce; the Georgia Center for Opportunity; STEMchicks (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); and Primerica, among others, to assist with enrollment outreach. Representatives of the business and community groups agreed to post IPA marketing and enrollment materials in their offices. Select grades on the Gwinnett and DeKalb county campuses of IPA still have room to accommodate additional students. If Gwinnett adds another 100 scholars to the roster, for example, the growth could bring another $1 million to the budget to educate scholars.

“No matter what your zip code or your background is, we want to bring you into our school and make your dreams come true,” Wiley said. “What we have to offer should have every single girl in Gwinnett County walking through our door.”

Ivy Prep offers scholars a single-gender environment with extended days, an extended year, and double doses of math and language arts classes to help scholars work toward mastering core subjects. IPA has an aggressive enrollment campaign to keep students in the pipeline. Word of mouth is one of the most successful strategies in recruiting new scholars. Administrators said one parent came to Ivy Prep this school year after learning about IPA in a conversation they had on an airplane. Others have found Ivy Prep online or been referred by family.

Last week, Wiley and a group of parents visited neighborhoods in North Gwinnett to spread the word about IPA. Administrators are seeking more volunteers to help with enrollment outreach. School officials said they would make themselves available to speak about IPA at community forums, special events, and sorority or fraternity meetings.

Michael Hill of the Atlanta Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce pledged his support to assist IPA with its special programs and enrollment efforts this school year. “I have a vested interest,” said Hill, who has a sixth grader at Ivy Prep who began classes on Aug. 4. “I like the culture and the accountability of Ivy Prep and the high expectations set for students. I’ve already seen growth and maturity in my daughter.”

Partnering with Ivy Prep can be mutually beneficial for businesses, organizations, and the school. Ivy Prep families can support community partners as volunteers and patrons. Business and community groups can utilize classroom space for meetings and have access to volunteers for their events. High school scholars are required to have 100 community service hours. Parents at IPA also are required to log 15 volunteer hours to support IPA programs.

“Ivy Prep is looking to become a resource for the community and to serve our neighbors,” Wiley said. “Even though we are a small school, we have a big heart.”

Community Outreach Lunch and Learn

We would like to invite you to Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett’s Community Outreach Lunch and Learn, so that you can learn about our school as well as a potential partnership. We are a high performing all girls charter school serving students in Gwinnett County.

If you would like to attend and haven’t received an invitation, e-mail the Executive Director, Victoria Wiley, at


Friday, August 15 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett 3705 Engineering DrNorcross, GA 30092


2014 PTO Sleepover

It’s time for our Annual Back to School Sleepover! What a great way to welcome all Ivy Gwinnett Middle School Scholars! Plan to come out for a night of games, food, fun and friendship as we jumpstart our incredible 2014-2015 school year!


Parents – Earn your IPA Parent Involvement Hours, volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please contact:

*Student Pick-Up MUST Occur on Time, Saturday 8/16/14 at 9AM*
Parents are welcome to arrive Early for Sign-Out.

Recruiting with the Executive Director

Ivy Parents, we still have seats available in all three schools and we need your help recruiting! Please join our Executive Director, Victoria Wiley to recruit new scholars to our academies! Just show up in your IPA paraphernalia at the date, time and campus below.

  • Wednesday, August 13 at 10am – 12pm – Gwinnett Campus
  • Wednesday, August 20 at 10am – 12pm – Kirkwood Campus
  • Wednesday, August 27 at 10am – 12pm – Gwinnett Campus
  • Thursday, September 4 at 10am – 12pm – Kirkwood Campus

If you have questions contact Mrs. Wiley at

Aiming High: Staff Climbs Mountain, Sets High Expectations

IPA Network Staff Soars to New Heights at Stone Mountain and Back-to-School Workshops

Ivy Prep Academy Network teachers and faculty have returned to work ready to tackle the challenges of the new school year from climbing Stone Mountain to helping students prepare for the new state exam.

Staff returned early to ready classrooms for the first day of school. New scholars report to campus on Aug. 4 and returning students come back on Aug. 11.

The charter school network employs about 90 teachers and support staff including those who work in administrative offices. Approximately 30 new employees joined the staff for the 2014-15 school year. Most were hired to replace vacancies or fill growth positions.

This will be the first school year that IPAʼs high school program is offered at both the Gwinnett and DeKalb campuses. It will more than double in size to include 100 students – and a momentous occasion.

“The big event is our mission has been realized – we are having our first graduating class!” Victoria Wiley, executive director of IPA Network Schools said. “We are really excited about this.”

Eleven scholars from the Gwinnett campus are on schedule to be part of IPAʼs first graduating senior class. The scholars will meet regularly with their success coach and counselor to stay on track to graduate, find a college, and meet financial aid deadlines. IPA Networkʼs first graduation will be held at 1 p.m. on May 23 at a location to be determined.

Ivy Prepʼs mission is to prepare scholars to succeed at the colleges and universities of their choice. Staff returned to IPA eager to help scholars fulfill that mission, but first they had to conquer Stone Mountain. On a balmy Monday morning, dozens of IPA employees climbed the mountain together to show team spirit and a commitment to overcoming any obstacle in the way of student success. One of the biggest obstacles teachers will face in the classroom this year, is preparing scholars to exceed standards on a new state exam. The Georgia Department of Education will administer a new state standardized test called the Milestone, which will be more closely aligned with the Common Core Standards Curriculum. The new exam will be more challenging, and it will replace the Georgia Criterion Referenced-Competency Test. Teachers will be trained to prepare students for the exam.

“This year will be the year we will work toward learning everything we can about the Milestone so we will be on point with that,” A. Clifton Myles, IPA Director of Academic Affairs and principal of Ivy Prepʼs Young Menʼs Leadership Academy told staff during a workshop. “There is no longer a CRCT.”

New teachers attended a special orientation held in mid-July that was designed to introduce them to the culture and curriculum of IPA. Workshop sessions were led by Nina Gilbert, co-founder of IPA, Wiley, IPAʼs executive director, and school principals. Following the presentations, the new teachers were quizzed on the Ivy Prep motto. The first three to answer won a prize. “You can write it, text it, type it, or email it,” Kendra Shipmon, principal of Kirkwoodʼs School for Girls told new staff.

Donny Walker, middle grades social studies teacher; LaShovia Turner, a third grade teacher; and Kayla Eubanks, a special education teacher won the motto quiz. The three were given beanbag chairs for the classrooms.

Walker, a former DeKalb County Schools teacher, said she is a “native” of the Kirkwood neighborhood. “I live within walking distance,” said Walker. “I have always been a big fan of charter schools. I like the autonomy that the schools have in deciding what is best for their students.”

Turner, also a former DeKalb Schools teacher, comes to Kirkwood with 12 years of experience. She said she “stumbled” across the campus during a car trip to the neighborhood and entered her kids in the lottery. “I had been looking for a charter school for my kids as well as myself,” she said. “I read Ivy Prep’s mission and values and felt that they are in line with my beliefs. I like the push for kids to think of college at a young age.”

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