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Ivy Prep Academy Scholars Accepted to College Immediately At Recruitment Fair

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Ivy Preparatory Academy is close to achieving its goal of successfully preparing scholars to graduate and land at the colleges and universities of their choice.

Four Ivy Prep seniors who attended the Black College Expo recently were recruited by admissions officers at four-year universities in the Southeast who were impressed by their academic course load, their grades and professionalism.

The scholars – Deja Washington, Rebekah Bills, Sana Memon and Angel Hodo – were accompanied by members of the Ivy Prep Foundation. The foundation launched a task force in December to help guide the senior class through the college entrance exam and application process. Foundation volunteers have been visiting the seniors weekly on Wednesdays to give them advice on preparing for college interviews, writing academic resumes, and crafting essays for college applications.

When the seniors arrived at the Black College Expo, they were ready to impress. They wore their business dress blazers and carried copies of their academic transcripts, resumes, recommendation letters, and a record of their work in clubs and in community service.

“The four acceptances were all onsite,” said Dr. Nina Gilbert, founder of Ivy Prep Academy. “They are supposed to receive official letters of acceptance from the colleges soon.”

Washington, an Ivy Prep scholar since freshman year, said she struggled to keep her poise when recruiters accepted her at first meeting. She was so surprised she didn’t know what to do.

“I wasn’t expecting to get accepted onsite,” said Washington, of Covington, who was offered a spot at Clark Atlanta University and Bennett College in North Carolina. “I cried on the inside, but I didn’t cry on the outside. I was very happy.”

Bills said she had doubts about getting accepted onsite, too. “You hear about it happening, but I didn’t think it was possible because usually you have to go through the long essay writing and application process,” she said. “Then it happened to me. I got into the school I wanted to go to – Clark Atlanta. It was very exciting.”

Gilbert said as word spread about the polish and professionalism of Ivy Prep scholars, Black College Expo recruiters sought them out. Bills was also accepted to Bennett, Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

So was Memon. “I was really proud of myself,” she said.

Mrs. Victoria Wiley, executive director of Ivy Preparatory Academies was thrilled about the good news.

“It shows what can happen for scholars when you have a village supporting them and helping them to succeed,” said Wiley. “I think it speaks very highly to the professionalism of our scholars, the commitment of our staff to ensure that they had all of the proper documentation, and the support of the foundation. The foundation has been instrumental in assisting our seniors this school year as they applied to college.”

Hodo, who wants to study psychology in college, said she was accepted to her first and second choice schools at the Expo – Bennett and Clark Atlanta. She credits her Ivy Pep education for preparing her for success and the expert advice from the foundation.

“Dr. Gilbert has really shown us that we can believe in ourselves and accomplish anything that we put our minds to,” Hodo said. “Getting accepted on the spot taught me that even when I have doubts, that I should continue to push forward.”

Earlier this school year, Ivy Prep administrators predicted that the Class of 2015 would have a 100 percent graduation and college placement rate. College offers have been steadily coming in since August.

Brittany Gilbert, the first scholar enrolled at Ivy Prep, was the first to be accepted to the college of her choice. Gilbert was accepted to Hampton University, her top college choice, in August 2014 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.

Since then, seniors in the Class of 2015 have received acceptances to attend Georgia State University, Oglethorpe University, Agnes Scott College, and Fort Valley State University, all in Georgia; Tennessee State University; and Averett University in Virginia.

“I am weighing my options,” said Washington, who is deciding from acceptances at the Expo and an earlier one to TSU. “Ivy Prep taught me a lot about hard work and being independent. I am ready for college.”

Memon has decided to reject the four college offers she got and stick with her top choice. “I chose Georgia State,” she said. “I’m going to study business management.”

Ivy Prep administrators and supporters are confident that at this rate of college acceptance, the school will achieve a perfect score before the inaugural class heads to commencement ceremonies. Ivy Prep will honor the journey and success of the Class of 2015 at the school’s first high school graduation on May 23 at Georgia Gwinnett College.

“We will have a very special ceremony to celebrate the achievement, perseverance and sisterhood of our girls,” Wiley said.

Ivy Prep Welcomes New Families As Lottery, New Boundaries Boost Enrollment

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Teresa Reeves drove by Ivy Prep Kirkwood routinely on her commute to work for more than a year, but when a family member gave her “rave reviews” about the school she decided stop in for a tour.

“I really liked what I saw immediately,” Reeves said.

Her fifth grader, Tiffany Reeves was one of more than 150 students to gain entry into Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood in the annual school lottery, which offered prospective families “red carpet” hospitality and a ceremony inspired by the Academy Awards.

Scholars were greeted by paparazzi when they entered the door.

DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester pulled the student names at random. Mrs. Victoria Wiley, executive director of Ivy Prep Academies, and Kendra Shipmon, principal of IPA School for Girls, greeted new scholars and consoled those who were waitlisted.

New scholars and those on the waitlist were invited to stay for an Oscar-style after party, which was attended by more than 200 people.
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“It wasn’t just mom and dad, it was grandpa, aunt and cousin,” said Gabriel Haggray, IPA Kirkwood’s Recruitment and Registration Specialist. “They all came to celebrate that their scholar got in. It was really exciting. We had a lot of fun.”

Tiffany Reeves, a rising sixth grader, enjoyed the entertainment with her family as IPA scholars on the school step team gave a performance. Reeves said she hopes to join them someday.

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“I am glad to be here,” she said. “I will be able to learn more and won’t be distracted by boys.”

IPA Kirkwood’s annual lottery ended the competition for seats in grades 7 and 9 at IPYMLA and the competition for seats in grades 2,7, 8 and 9 at Kirkwood’s School for Girls. (Open seats are available in other select grades at both schools.)

“We are very excited to welcome all of our new scholars to the Ivy Prep Network as they begin their journey to college,” Wiley said. “We look forward to supporting each scholar and their family as they strive for success.”

Siblings were able to take advantage of the new policy crafted to ease the transportation burden on families. For the first time, IPA offered automatic admission to the younger siblings of scholars whose names were selected if the younger siblings enrolled in the same single-gender Ivy Prep school.

“Often times you lose families because students have to split up. A one stop shop is ideal,” Haggray said. “We had twins to get in the boys school in sixth grade and twins to get in the eighth grade in the girls school. “

Student enrollment at IPA Kirkwood is slated to grow next school year as the School for Girls and IPYMLA add a new grade level for rising sophomores. The state also approved a boundary expansion for Ivy Prep Academies that doubles the attendance zone for the charter schools network.

Under IPA’s new boundaries, students who attend or are eligible to attend Fulton County Schools and DeKalb County Schools can now enroll at Ivy Prep Gwinnett, which is located at 3705 Engineering Drive in Peachtree Corners. Students who attend or are eligible to attend Atlanta Public Schools can enroll in IPA Kirkwood School for Girls or IPYMLA, which is located at 1807 Memorial Drive in Atlanta.

School administrators advise parents who are considering IPA for 2015-16 to act fast. “Seats are filling up quickly,” Wiley said.

More than 300 scholars at Kirkwood’s School for Girls have filed re-enrollment forms to continue their education during the 2015-16 school year. Approximately 252 IPYMLA students signed re-enrollment forms for next school year.

IPA Kirkwood, which is near the border of APS, can accommodate 460 students at each single-gender school. The campus is currently going through an expansion. Earlier this school year, Kirkwood’s School for Girls received a $14 million bond issue to purchase the strip mall it and the boy’s school is housed in and build-out new classroom space.

IPA Gwinnett administrators estimate an enrollment of more than 400 students in the fall. Wiley said the school can accommodate 500 if additional teachers are hired.

IPA schools have extended days, an extended year and a college preparatory curriculum. The mission of IPA schools is to help prepare scholars to enter and succeed in the colleges and universities of their choice.

Ivy Prep Academy Doubles the Size of Its Attendance Zone

ATLANTA – Ivy Preparatory Academies has received state approval to double the size of its attendance zone opening the door to thousands of new students from Fulton County and the City of Atlanta.

The petition to expand Ivy Prep’s school boundaries was unanimously approved recently by the State Charter Schools Commission. The expansion is in response to metro Atlanta parent interest in the single-gender school network’s academic program.

“This is very significant because we have a great deal of interest from students and parents who live outside of our current attendance zone,” said Mrs. Victoria Wiley, executive director of IPA. “We wanted to be able to serve families who are unhappy with their home schools by offering them school choice.”

IPA operates three free single-gender public charter schools: Ivy Prep Gwinnett, its flagship school for girls, Ivy Prep Kirkwood School for Girls, and Ivy Prep Young Men’s Leadership Academy (IPYMLA), both in DeKalb County.

Under IPA’s new boundaries, students who attend or are eligible to attend Fulton County Schools and DeKalb County Schools can now enroll at Ivy Prep Gwinnett, which is located at 3705 Engineering Drive in Peachtree Corners. Students who attend or are eligible to attend Atlanta Public Schools can enroll in IPA Kirkwood School for Girls or IPYMLA, which is located at 1807 Memorial Drive in Atlanta.

The new attendance zone restores some of the footprint IPA originally had when its high-performing Gwinnett campus opened in 2008. IPA Gwinnett lost its statewide attendance zone following a Georgia Supreme Court case filed by metro Atlanta school districts who challenged Ivy Prep’s ability to exist and attract students and education dollars from across county lines.

School administrators advise parents who are considering IPA for 2015-16 to act fast. “Seats are filling up quickly,” Wiley said.

IPA Kirkwood, which is near the border of APS, can accommodate 460 students at each single-gender school. The campus is currently going through an expansion. Earlier this school year, the IPA School for Girls received a $14 million bond issue to purchase the strip mall it and the boy’s school is housed in and build-out new classroom space.

IPA Gwinnett administrators estimate an enrollment of 400 students in the fall. Wiley said the school can accommodate 500 if additional teachers are hired.

In 2012, IPA Gwinnett was the only public middle school in Gwinnett County to be named as a “rewards school” by the state Department of Education for high standardized test performance among low income students. IPA Gwinnett has a record of out-performing state and local district averages in several areas on state exams. IPA Kirkwood’s School for Girls has experienced similar success. The academic program at IPYMLA has helped students to improve their behavior and close gaps in learning.

IPA schools have extended days, an extended year, and a challenging college preparatory curriculum.

“We would like to thank the commission for allowing us to offer more school choice to parents in Georgia,” Wiley said. “This gives us an opportunity to expose more students to the Ivy Prep brand as well as to college.”

New Attendance Zones!

The leadership of Ivy Preparatory Academy is thrilled to announce that the Georgia State Charter Schools Commission has approved our request to expand our attendance zones at each campus.

Families eligible for Fulton County Schools and DeKalb County Schools may now enroll at Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett. Families in the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) district may now enroll at Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood for Girls and Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Scholars who enroll now will be eligible to start at Ivy Prep in the 2015-2016 school year.

Ivy Prep petitioned the commission in early 2015 after receiving over 300 signatures requesting Ivy Preparatory Academy as a school choice option in Fulton County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools districts. Ivy Prep believes having access to a high-quality, free education is a right, not a privilege. By expanding our attendance zone, more families now have access to an excellent school of choice. Additionally, increased enrollment means more programs, resources, and activities for the whole Ivy Prep family–both current families and newly-enrolled families.

Do you know families in our new attendance zones? Help us spread the word by sharing this message with your network and social media. Don’t wait to share the news, as seats are going fast for 2015-2016.

If you’re ready to enroll (or know families who are), head to: http://www.ivyprepacademy.org/app

Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett (Girls’ Academy)
3705 Engineering Drive. Peachtree Corners, Georgia 30092
Now serving families in Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Fulton counties

Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood (Boys’ and Girls’ Academies)
1807 Memorial Drive. Atlanta, Georgia 30317
Now serving families eligible for DeKalb County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools

Ivy Prep Network Schools To Host Job Fair On March 21

ATLANTA- Ivy Preparatory Academy Network Schools will host a job fair at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, in Atlanta to recruit energetic educators to fill more than a dozen teaching and support positions for the 2015-16 school year.

The job fair will be held at Ivy Prep’s Kirkwood Campus at 1807 Memorial Drive. Interviews will be conducted until 1 p.m.

The job vacancies will help to meet the needs of the growing enrollment at Ivy Prep’s single-gender schools: Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett; Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood School for Girls; and Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Ivy Prep Academies currently serve more than 950 scholars in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. Enrollment is expected to grow by more than 300 students next school year.

“At Ivy Prep, we believe that the achievement gap is a social justice issue, and we work with urgency and passion to ensure it is eliminated,” said Mrs. Victoria Wiley, executive director of Ivy Prep Academies. “Many IPA faculty and staff members make personal sacrifices by arriving early, staying late, and doing whatever it takes to ensure that our scholars are equipped to achieve secondary and post-secondary success.”

IPA schools have extended days, an extended year, and a challenging college preparatory curriculum. The mission of IPA schools is to help prepare scholars to enter and succeed in the colleges and universities of their choice.

“Like most charter schools, Ivy Prep has to do more with less,” Wiley added. “We do not view this as a hindrance, but instead as an opportunity to innovate. Therefore, ideal candidates must posses an entrepreneurial spirit. Our work is hard, our days our long, but the rewards are great for those of us who believe in the promise that a great education should be available to everyone, including those who are not always afforded access to it. Only those who are unwavering in their commitment to this movement need to apply.”

Candidates can be new or veteran educators who have a passion for teaching and innovative ideas to use in the classroom. Administrators are seeking gifted endorsed candidates as well.

The following positions are available at Ivy Prep Gwinnett, the flagship charter school for girls, which is located at 3705 Engineering Drive, Peachtree Corners:

  • Middle School English/Language Arts Teacher
  • High School English/Language Arts Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Middle School Social Studies Teacher
  • Math Teacher
  • Foreign Language Teacher

The following positions are available at Ivy Prep Kirkwood, which has separate schools for girls and boys at 1807 Memorial Drive, Atlanta.

Ivy Prep Kirkwood School for Girls

  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • First Grade Teacher
  • Fifth Grade
  • Ninth Grade English/Language Arts Teacher

Ivy Prep Young Men’s Leadership Academy

  • First Grade Teacher
  • Third Grade Teacher
  • Spanish Teacher

IPA provides educational choice to a diverse group of children, including students from low-income neighborhoods burdened with crime, poverty, and low expectations for kids.

In 2012, Ivy Prep Gwinnett was the only public middle school in Gwinnett County to be named a “rewards school” for high-test performance among minority and low-income students. In 2013, IPA earned accreditation from SACS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, for its academic program and steady leadership.

“We are looking for hard-working teachers who are dedicated to the embodiment of our mission to prepare all students to enter college,” said Kendra Shipmon, principal of Ivy Prep Kirkwood School for Girls.

For more information on IPA, visit ivyprepacademy.org.

Chiefs’ Franchise Player Justin Houston Tells Ivy Prep Girls To ‘Dream Big’

Justin Houston Oakland Raiders v Kansas City       UX_xq39chlHlJustin Houston, an All-Pro pass-rusher for the Kansas City Chiefs, visited Ivy Prep Gwinnett recently to offer some coaching advice about how to overcome the hard knocks of life and score with a successful career.
His visit came during his negotiation of a $13.2 million franchise contract with the Chiefs. The star athlete is known as one of the top defensive linebackers in the NFL today. Houston told the girls school of more than 300 gathered for a Community Caucus that his life may seem exciting and lavish now, but realizing his NFL dream wasn’t easy, especially when people around him doubted his abilities.

“My whole life people told me what I can and can’t do,” Houston, 26, said. “My dad wasn’t there. I didn’t have a father figure. I had teachers who told me that I wasn’t going to make it at the University of Georgia. They didn’t think I was smart enough. I’m here to tell you, don’t let anyone kill your dream.”

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Houston, the son of a single mom, began playing recreation league football as a young child for exercise and fun. It gave him an opportunity to travel and show off his speed and agility. He thought he would grow up to be a great offensive player, but when his coaches saw him play, they put him on defense, which is where Houston made his mark.

After leading Statesboro High School to a state championship in 2005, Houston was offered a football scholarship to play at the University of Georgia. He told the girls of Ivy Prep that succeeding in college while playing a sport takes discipline and time-management.

“In college, you are not going to study the day before a test and pass,” he said. “I tried that a couple of times and that didn’t work out at all.”

After college, Houston was in the pipeline to become a first-round draft pick, but a failed drug test caused his ranking to free fall.

“I got into trouble because of a drug problem and I fell from the first round to the third round,” Houston said. He tried to keep the news from his family, but it was soon broadcast on sports channels. “I couldn’t hide it anymore. My mother, brother and sister were upset with me because I didn’t feel comfortable coming to them to tell them about it.”

Houston told the girls of Ivy Prep to share their problems with parents or mentors who can give them support and advice. He added that roadblocks can be overcome through faith in God, family support and a laser focus on personal goals.

“When something bad happens, some people get down on themselves and get depressed,” Houston said. “You have to turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

With the support of his family and help from his trainer, Houston found his way into the NFL despite the drug test. He started his rookie season with the Chiefs playing through his nervousness and was recognized for his potential for greatness. During his first three NFL seasons between 2011-13, Houston was praised for his defensive skills and his ability to sack quarterbacks. In 2014, Houston led the NFL in sacks accumulating a record of 22.

“My favorite part of playing football is sacking the quarterback,” he said. “Anytime you sack the quarterback that kills the offense.”20150223_111559_resized

Houston’s hard work paid off big. He was recently named as a franchise player in Kansas City. His contract talks continue.

“Justin is a talented player and key contributor to our defense,” John Dorsey, general manager for the Chiefs said in a statement released to the media. “It was in the best interest of the club to place the tag on Justin. We will continue to discuss long-term options with him and his agent. Our goal is to reach a deal that is mutually beneficial. We want to keep Justin in a Chiefs uniform for years to come.”

Impressed by Houston’s story, seventh grader Jedidah Titus asked the football player about his goals outside of football. “If you could do any other job, would you and if so what would it be?” she asked Houston.

The defensive player shared his post-football dream: “I would like to train kids and help them reach their goals,” he said. “I thank God for my trainer. He really inspired me.”

Even after Houston made it to the NFL as a rookie, his trainer was there to support him. Houston said he told his trainer he wanted to play in the Pro Bowl. “My coach told me to speak it into existence,” he said. “I made it to the Pro Bowl every year except my first year.”

Houston said he is living his dream, but he wants a different lifestyle for his son, who is now three years old. As a pro football player, Houston has dislocated his elbow several times and suffered from a hyper-extended knee. “The pain I feel sometimes, I never want my son to feel some of this pain,” he said.

Houston told students no matter what career they pick; it takes hard work to make dreams come true. “You have to realize that it’s not a straight ride up,” he said. “You are going to have some bumps and curves. You have to believe in yourself when others doubt you. You have to aim high. The sky is the limit.”

Principal Joy Treadwell said the talk helped students to realize the importance of working hard to get ahead in life.

“He did an amazing job imparting upon our girls the importance of team work and of hard work,” Joy Treadwell, principal of Ivy Prep Gwinnett said after Houston’s talk. “It was great for him to dispel some of he myths our girls have about professional athletes.”

Natural Health Seminar

Ivy Preparatory Academy at Gwinnett welcomes you to a free, public event focusing on natural health and food choices. Help us plan for your presence by sending an e-mail to naturalhealthseminar@ivyprepacademy.org and let us know how many guests will be with you.

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