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IPA Gwinnett Inducts New Ivy Scholars

IPA Gwinnett Inducts New Ivy Scholars



New students at Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett were inducted as Ivy Scholars recently in a special celebration welcoming them to IPA.

The New Scholars Ceremony, held at Unity Atlanta, was attended by more than 150 IPA scholars, faculty, and parents. Scholars sang the school song and shared what they learned about the culture and history of IPA during their first week of school.

State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick was guest speaker for the event.

Principal Chaz Patterson presented new scholars with ivy plants and told scholars that he expects them to thrive like the ivy throughout their years at middle school. He said they began school a week early to allow them to make the transition from an “ordinary” school experience to one of “excellence.” IPA’s “Prep Values” encourage scholars to show perseverance, responsibility, engagement, and professionalism at school and in their communities.

“The vision of Ivy Prep is to meet the needs of every child right where she is and do whatever it takes to help her to reach her full potential,” Patterson told scholars. “We promise to be your academic guides to help you transition from child to adolescent, and from adolescent to young woman by giving you all the support you need to be successful scholars and responsible citizens.”

State Rep. Kendrick reminded scholars that ivy plants are among nature’s most resilient species. “The English Ivy stays green year round while other plants around it die off during the fall and winter months,” Kendrick said. “Ivies are assertive. The vine can attach to a tree trunk and climb its way all the way up the tree covering leaves and branches … So hold your head high, young women, do the work, keep going, endure what’s ahead and know that you look good in the process—-all four seasons.

“If there is an obstacle in your way, tear it down,” she added. “If there are temptations that are distracting you from you school work, tear them down. If there are negative people in your life, let your light shine so brightly that you cover their negativity in your ivy leaves. That is the way of the ivy.”

Alisha T. Morgan, executive director of IPA, thanked parents for entrusting Ivy Prep with the education of their daughters. She said that they will see the choice pay off in scholarship opportunities for their children.

“Your parents and your family members have made an excellent choice,” Morgan told scholars. “What we expect from you is to do your very best. When you stand up every morning in school and you offer that Scholars Creed and you say words like ‘I study hard and study longer because that’s what scholars do,’ remember this picture today of all the people who are surrounding you, loving you, and embracing you, and expect great things. You are part of a group of great trailblazing women and we expect nothing less from you.”

The new scholars will begin classes on Monday, the official start of school for all scholars at Ivy Prep Gwinnett and Ivy Prep Kirkwood School for Girls.

For the full text of State Rep. Kendrick’s speech click below:


Apply To Receive Free and Discounted School Meals


Ivy Preparatory Academies provides free and discounted meals to scholars whose families meet income guidelines set by the federal government for the school meal assistance program. Follow the link below to apply for free and reduced-price meals.

For more information on IPA’s breakfast and lunch program, contact Ms. LaTanya Crooms, School Nutrition Program Manager, at Ms. Crooms can also be reached at 404.622.2727 at IPA Kirkwood and 770.342.1297 at IPA Gwinnett.

Ivy GW 2016-2017 Lunch App

IPA School Supply List – Grades 6-8

IPA School Supply List – Grades 6-8


Middle School Supply List

• Three blue or black colored pens
• One red pen for correcting
• Three pencils with erasers
• 1-3 colored highlighters, depending on the teacher
• Colored pencils
• Six-inch both standard and metric ruler
• Pencil case
• College ruled paper
• Scientific calculator
• 2-4 separate, single-subject spiral-bound notebooks (100pages),     depending on teacher, college ruled
• 1 Composition notebook
• Small pencil sharpener
• Scissors
• Small stapler
• Fine-tipped, black, felt pen
• 2-3 small packs of sticky notes
• Sturdy folder for miscellaneous papers or homework
• Colored markers
• index cards
• 5 composition books
• one box of Kleenex tissue
• one bottle of hand sanitizer
• one pack of dry erase markers
• 1 inch binder
• 4 packages of tabbed dividers

IPA Leaders Share Their Expertise On Single-Gender Education

IPA Leaders Share Their Expertise On Single-Gender Education



Alisha T. Morgan, executive director of IPA, and Chaz Patterson, principal of IPA Gwinnett, shared their insight on leading single-gender schools during a charter school leadership conference this summer.

Morgan and Patterson were invited to participate in the 2016 CharterLeader cohort. The professional development seminar builds a collaborative network between charter leaders and helps them to hone the skills necessary to lead and expand high quality charter schools.

Ivy Prep Gwinnett Still Enrolling Scholars, Future Leaders

Ivy Prep Gwinnett Still Enrolling Scholars, Future Leaders


It’s not too late to enroll your scholar at Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett. Limited seats are still available for girls in grades 6-8.

IPA Gwinnett, located at 3705 Engineering Drive in Peachtree Corners, is the flagship school of Ivy Preparatory Academies, the state’s first single-gender public charter school network. The Gwinnett campus serves scholars in grades 6-8 who are eligible to attend Gwinnett, Fulton, and DeKalb County Schools.

IPA offers a high-quality academic curriculum that prepares scholars for success in high school, college, and in life. In addition to rigor in the classroom, scholars also receive college and career exposure, leadership training, and access to entrepreneurship opportunities.

One such activity, “Market Day,” is featured here. The competition challenges scholars to develop and market a small business that sells either goods or services. The winner of the annual event is the scholar who makes the largest profit in “Ivy Bucks.” It is popular with IPA scholars and families.

IPA has extended days of learning and an extended school year. The college preparatory curriculum includes daily double doses of language arts and math classes, and an accelerated academic program for advanced learners.

For more information on enrolling in IPA Gwinnett, visit or call IPA Gwinnett at 770-342-1297.



IPA Gwinnett: Parent Academy and Summer Reading Lists

Attention: Parents at Ivy Prep Gwinnett

Summer Reading Lists

Please see below for a link to download the Summer Reading List for Ivy Prep Gwinnett. The list contains both required as well as optional selected readings.

Gwinnett Summer Reading List 2016

Parent Academy

In addition, please save the date below for our upcoming Parent Academies:

New Scholars Parent Academy
Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 11am

Returning Scholars Parent Academy
Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 2pm

Parent Academy Dates

Welcome New and Returning Parents to the NEW Ivy Preparatory Academy! We are excited about the changes and implementation of ideas to support our scholars in being academically and socially diverse to be the best scholars in the country.

Our success derives from the continuous support of our parents and family engagement. All parents are required to attend Parent Academy. The dates for each campus are as follows:

Ivy Prep Academy Kirkwood
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
New and Returning Parents 5:30 p.m.

Ivy Prep Academy Gwinnett
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
NEW Parents 11:00 a.m.
Returning Parents 2:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact the Main Offices

Gwinnett: 770-342-0089
Kirkwood: 404-622-2727

Gwinnett for Girls Parent Center

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