6 posts categorized "Ivy Public Charter School"

Ivy School opinions from Montessori parents

April 06, 2011

Hi. We (amazingly) have been awarded a spot for our daughter for 1st grade at Ivy School next year. I've seen some very positive comments from parents and so am very happy we have this choice (!), but I still have a few reservations because I don't feel I know enough yet. I'm particularly interested in hearing from existing parents whose children went to Montessori for primary. Do you feel the program follows the Montessori approach well? The new administrator seems very qualified, but doesn't have Montessori experience. Do you feel she's a good supporter of the staff and Montessori approach? I found a report of last year's test results, which weren't great. Granted, one of the main reasons I'm interested in Ivy is that they won't be "teaching to the test".  Still, do any parents have comments about these?

The Ivy School Open House

January 20, 2011

Looking for a tuition-free, public Montessori school for your child? The Ivy School offers a Montessori education for students 1st-8th grade. Ivy is a Portland Public Schools charter school.
Montessori schools have a 100-year-old tradition of world-class education through a thoughtfully prepared classroom environment. Students at Ivy engage in math, language arts, social sciences and physical sciences, as well as Spanish language, music, art, P.E., gardening and community service. Montessori classrooms are multi-age, allowing each student to work at their individual level and to become mentors in their classroom community. Students engage in subjects and materials in meaningful ways by following their natural curiosities. This fosters independence, personal responsibility, creative problem solving and care for the world around them.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 6:00-7:30pm
at The Ivy School: 4212 NE Prescott
Come meet the staff and parents of the Ivy School and visit our classrooms! Staff and parents will be available to answer questions. Ivy is now accepting lottery applications for 1st-8th grade. Applications are due February 25th. The lottery will be held at Ivy on March 5th, 2011 for the 2011-2012 school year.
For more information:
email info@theivyschool.org or visit www.theivyschool.org

Your thoughts on Creative Science and Ivy School

January 04, 2011

It is that time of year again to navigate the infamous PPS school lottery. Our son will be in 2nd grade next year. We've heard great things about Creative Science and the new Ivy School. I would love to hear feedback - good or bad - from parents with kids in either school.

On a related note, has anyone managed to place a child through the PPS lottery as late as second grade? I would imagine that there are very few spaces anywhere at this age.




Ivy Public Montessori Charter School: seeking thoughts

October 29, 2009

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the new Montessori Charter School, The Ivy School?  I am interested in it but would like some information both positive and negative.  Thank you in advance for your help.  I like the Montessori approach but worry about it being such a new school.

The Ivy School – Portland's First Public Montessori School – Opens September 8

August 26, 2009

The Ivy School - Portland's first public Montessori elementary school - opens its doors Tuesday, September 8. The tuition-free charter school will serve students living within Portland Public Schools' district boundaries. With an initial enrollment of 60 students in grades one through three, the school will grow annually until reaching capacity -- 240 students in grades one through eight.

The Ivy School's Montessori classrooms are prepared environments which allow children to choose learning opportunities from a collection of hands-on materials, all displayed at child-height, on low open shelves. Ivy School students will have freedom to explore the classroom at their own pace while gaining competency in a variety of subjects. By pursuing individual interests in the classroom, children will gain an early enthusiasm for learning.

As at other Montessori schools, Ivy School students will be grouped in mixed-age classrooms. Mixed-age classrooms allow children to work with the same teacher and classmates for three years, letting teachers form long-term relationships with their students while also building community among classmates. Younger children learn by observing older students, while older children gain confidence and leadership skills by sharing experience. Together, students learn the value of teamwork.

In keeping with the Montessori philosophy of blurring the boundary between indoors and out, Ivy School classrooms will open directly into a fenced schoolyard, allowing the outdoors to serve as an extension of the classroom. Ambitious plans for schoolyard include the creation of an edible garden full of vegetable, fruits and herbs. Ivy students will tend the garden, harvesting what they grow to integrate into the school's daily snack offering. The Ivy School garden will teach students about growing food organically, eating locally and seasonally, and working together as a team. As currently envisioned, Ivy's edible garden will fill the entire west-facing yard of the school. Late fruiting raspberries, pumpkins, winter vegetables, and more will thrive in the tiered multi-season garden, providing healthy produce for students all year long.

The school day at the Ivy School is longer than that of some other local schools. Students will arrive at 8 a.m., and classes will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m. This extended school day will allow students to participate in music, art and physical education classes every day of the week.

Another offering somewhat unique to the Ivy School its model of bi-lingual education. In addition to providing Spanish lessons each day, the Ivy School staffs each classroom with two instructors – a lead guide and an assistant guide. The lead guide interacts with the students in English, while the assistant guide speaks Spanish exclusively. This bi-lingual approach exposes students to a second language throughout the school day, but unlike the immersion educational model, English is spoken in the classroom as well.

While many Montessori schools are private institutions, nationwide, there are over 500 public Montessori schools, including the Ridgeline Montessori PublicCharter School in Eugene, and the Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School in Gresham. The Ivy School is the first of its kind in Multnomah County.

About the Ivy School: The Ivy School will enable children of diverse backgrounds to learn at their own pace by offering a developmentally appropriate and challenging academic environment that models grace and courtesy and fosters a peaceful community of lifelong learners. Any child eligible for enrollment in Portland Public Schools may apply for admission via lottery. Information about the admissions process may be found on the Ivy School web site at www.theivyschool.com.

Ivy School Public/Charter Montessori Opening in Septemeber 2009

April 25, 2009

The Ivy School - Portland's first tuition-free/public/charter Montessori school - will open this September with 60 students in two mixed-age classrooms serving grades one through three. Any child eligible for enrollment in Portland Public Schools may apply for admission to the Ivy School via an upcoming lottery. 

The Ivy School's goal is to enable children of diverse backgrounds to learn at their own pace by offering a developmentally appropriate and challenging academic environment that models grace and courtesy and fosters a peaceful community of lifelong learners. The curriculum is bi-lingual English/Spanish.
The Ivy School will be holding an informational event in the auditorium of the Matt Dishman Community Center on Sunday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and learn more about the school. Staff will be available after the presentation to discuss both Montessori methods and the Ivy School itself.
A second public meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 17 at 6:30 at the Peninsula Park Community Center. Please RSVP for either event to tammy@theivyschool.com.

For more information, please visit the Ivy School web site at www.theivyschool.org or look for the Ivy School on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/The-Ivy-School/69167854389?ref=ts