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Gwinnett for Girls News

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.”

Parent Academy

All Ivy Prep parents must attend Parent Academy on one of the dates below. During Parent Academy, we will outline our expectations for the year, including school uniforms, grading, school culture, and more. Please make every effort to attend the session for your scholar’s grade level.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • 6th Grade – 10:00 a.m.
  • 7th/8th Grade – 2:00 p.m.

Ivy Bound: Scholar Heads To Top Boarding School On Full Scholarship

Justice Robinson is one step closer to her Harvard University dream school thanks to her years at Ivy Prep.

On June 30, Robinson will move to Massachusetts to join the freshman class at the prestigious boarding school, Phillips Academy in Andover, the alma mater of former U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush, and a host of judges, physicians and international diplomats. Robinson, 14, will attend summer session at Andover and return for the new school year on Sept. 9.

The straight-A student landed a full scholarship at Phillips, which costs nearly $50,000 a year, after impressing recruiters with her grades, test scores, leadership skills and laundry list of school activities at Ivy Prep. Robinson served as president of the Student Government Association, a student ambassador, a member of Ivy Prep’s Beta, drama and poetry writing clubs, and more.

“Ivy Prep helped to build my character and cultivate my people skills,” said Robinson. “It provided me with the right environment to grow and to be a leader. Without it, I would still be shy and not able to do this.”
Robinson joins a handful of other alumni who have landed scholarships in boarding schools after their middle school years at Ivy Prep. The college preparatory curriculum and focus on professionalism, responsibility and perseverance helps push students to become independent learners.

“I am so excited about going to Phillips,” Robinson said. “The level of independence and responsibility it takes to be successful in boarding school prepares you for college. I will be able to participate in so many classes and so many clubs, and still have time for my homework because I won’t have to drive anywhere.”

Robinson said she fell in love with Massachusetts during Ivy Prep’s sixth grade field trip to Harvard. A talk about boarding schools at Ivy Prep’s High School Exploration Fair in 2013 opened her mind to the possibility of applying to high schools out of state. Robinson met a representative of A Better Chance, a student service agency that helps minority students gain entry into private schools. She began the application process in October.

“It was strenuous,” Robinson said. “I had to write five essays and go on seven or eight interviews. Being an ambassador at Ivy Prep made interviewing easy for me. I was used to talking to adults and meeting new people.”

When the acceptance packet from Phillips arrived in March, the eighth grader was floored by the news. “My mom said that I could only go if I got a full scholarship – and I did it,” Robinson said. “We were freaking out and screaming, ‘I got in! I got in!’ ”

Dwayne and Beth Robinson are proud of their daughter’s accomplishments and ecstatic about her future at Phillips. “Justice is a leader and an over-achiever,” Beth Robinson said. “Her lowest grade at Ivy Prep was a 96 and her highest was a 105. She has always been on the principal’s list. But Ivy Prep gave her more than just an education; it prepared her mentally for this. They gave her leadership opportunities that would position her for greatness.”

Joy Treadwell, principal at Ivy Prep Gwinnett, said Robinson “thrived” at Ivy Prep and gained confidence in her abilities because she was inspired by her studies to step outside of her comfort zone.

In May, Robinson gave a speech at Honors Day thanking school administrators, teachers and her fellow classmates for their support. “The last few years have been the highlight of my 14 years of living,” she said. “Ivy Prep has improved my life. I know I have a great foundation for high school.”

Robinson plans to remain a Massachusetts resident for college. “I want to go to Harvard,” she said. “I love math, science, writing and acting. One day, I may be a spy or a U.S. president.”

Gwinnett for Girls Parent Center