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Entrepreneurship: What Sets Us Apart

Ivy Academia, as a TK-12 Entrepreneurial Charter School, recognizes that the U.S. education system can and should do more to prepare our young people to succeed in the rapidly evolving 21st century. Skills such as global literacy, problem solving, innovation and creativity have become critical in today’s increasingly interconnected workforce and society.
Ivy Academia employs a cross-curricular approach to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and focuses on the core attributes of real entrepreneurship. Ivy students are taught a variety of entrepreneurial skills throughout the course of their education. Each grade focuses on individual skills that students need to become successful entrepreneurs.
Our school aims at educating individuals for the twenty-first century by intending to enable our students to think critically with teaching the National Entrepreneurial standards as well as the Common Core State Standards; to understand and internalize the responsibilities of living in a diverse society, including Spanish classes beginning at second grade; and by having computer classes where students utilize technological tools that are constantly changing the functioning of this society.
Ivy Academia employs a curricular approach to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and focuses on the core attributes of real entrepreneurship. Starting with students in Kindergarten and first grade, our curriculum includes an introduction to the Ivy Community by helping to understand vocabulary concepts, and processes associated with a successful community.
Continuing in second grade, our students learn about being a successful citizen and about the importance of social responsibilities. By third grade our students are already learning about financial literacy and how to understand personal money-management concepts, procedures, and strategies.

In fourth grade, our students incorporate their top business skills along with their creative and critical thinking skills by learning about marketing and customer service. They learn the concepts, processes, and systems needed to determine and satisfy customer needs/wants/expectations, meet business goals/objectives, and create effective marketing and advertising for middle school businesses. Our fifth grade students learn the value of real estate and the importance of investment, sales, leases, bank loans and taxes.

By the time our students reach middle and high school, they are ready to learn about true entrepreneurial responsibilities by starting their own student-run businesses with real money; focus on financial & economic literacy by having to acquire school loans with variable interest rates; learn about personal and business laws; employ others by having pay for marketing & advertising and by operating on a set schedule they learn the importance of accountability.
It is the mission of Ivy Academia to help each child reach his/her fullest potential by cultivating an active village of students, parents, and community members involved in providing an individual, personal, and conceptual learning environment for each student to succeed in life.
Ivy Community
Ivy Academia enhances its entrepreneurial education through a program called Ivy Community. During Ivy Community students attend the Ivy University classes and learn many of the skills that are associated with becoming an entrepreneur.
Through the Ivy Community Entrepreneurial Program, students learn to be confident and responsible. They have jobs, pay bills, learn about law enforcement, and explore the court system. They acquire 21st century skills like critical thinking, teamwork, and health and wellness awareness.
Ivy University provides students an opportunity to learn about resume writing and interview skills, business law, public speaking, leadership, management and customer service. After completion of these universities, students operate their new business ventures, and have the opportunity to compete in an entrepreneurial convention by presenting their businesses to public officials, community members, parents and friends. At the convention, students demonstrate their knowledge and top entrepreneurial grants are awarded.
Ivy Academia is proud to take students beyond textbook learning, providing an environment where students enjoy attending school on a daily basis. It is the goal of Ivy Academia to provide students with a rigorous standards-based academic program while engaging all students in community studies and private enterprise education.

Creating & Innovating: Our Students and Faculty Shine!

Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School, one of the state’s top-performing public charter schools, is a unique Transitional Kindergarten to twelfth grade school community. We offer a high quality, common core education with an entrepreneurial focus.
Our entrepreneurial program provides an outside connection to our national landscape. We teach financial literacy, global awareness, leadership skills and cultural nuances. Students learn teamwork, critical thinking and explore standards-based academics through project-based learning and a recognition of multicultural voices.
We love giving our students and our faculty a platform to innovate and create. Here are some of our accomplishments and the causes we support at Ivy Academia:
  • Ivy has received the New York Times Award
  • Ivy has received the Kaufman Foundation Platinum Award
  • Ivy is part of the National Honor Society
  • Ivy is a member of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)
  • Ivy Cheer Team wins often! first and second place in competition (need specifics on their recent wins and trophies)
  • Ivy is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Our HS Girls' Volleyball Team has had an undefeated season with CIF Volleyball
  • Over the last 10 years, Ivy students have taken first, second and third place in the UCLA Anderson School of Business ECHO Project and NFTE
  • Ivy students have earned the Best Community Service Award in the USC QuikScience Challenge
  • In 2011, Ivy honored our first graduating class
  • Ivy's Valedictorians have been granted the Gates Millennium Scholarship
  • Ivy students are recipients of the Best Future Visionaries Award in the USC QuikScience Challenge
  • Our HS Girls' Volleyball Team have been the CIF Champions
  • Our HS Girls' Basketball Team came close as CIF First Runner Up
  • Our MS students got as far as third place in the UCLA Anderson School of Business Project ECHO!
Ivy Cheer
Our staff continues to shine professionally and bring pride to our organization. This recognition means so much to us and is a reminder how hard our faculty works for our students!
Check out this impressive list of accolades from 2014 to now:
  • Ms. Jimenez was honored as the Ivy Academia Teacher of the Year by the Encino Chamber of Commerce
  • Mrs. Daneshmand was honored as the Ivy Academia High School Teacher of the Year by the Encino Chamber of Commerce
  • Ms. Guss was honored as the Ivy Academia Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Encino Chamber of Commerce
  • Mrs. Brasch was honored for the Civic Learning Award by the State Superintendent and the California Bar Association
  • Ms. Gennaro was honored by the Consortium of Entrepreneurial Education
We are always creating and innovating together and these programs help us do it:
  • GATE Program (Gifted and High Ability) in Grades 2-8
  • Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Grades 9-12
  • High School Courses approved by University of California and California State University
  • Credit Recovery courses in Grades 9-12
Ivy grad
Now more than ever we feel our place in our community and we are committed to giving. Here are some examples of how we contribute to others:
  • Donated ten pallets of food to West Valley Food Pantry
  • Raised $1500 for Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and donated candy to the students in a program called Reverse Trick or Treat
  • Raised close to $2000 for the Pennies for Leukemia and Lymphoma Association
  • Raised close to $3000 for the Diabetes Association
  • Raised money for Ronald McDonald Foundation
Other Outstanding Ivy Accomplishments:
  • Participated and won in two categories of the Kids’ Fitness Challenge organized and sponsored by Assembly person Lloyd Levine, Councilman Dennis P. Zine and LAUSD Board Member Jon Lauritzen
  • Won the Fine Arts Drama Award for the student production “The Tempest” at the California Student Media & Multimedia Festival, sponsored by the California School Library Association
  • Participated in two episodes of Make a Wish Foundation where two Ivy students won their wishes. The first was to have a shopping spree for a few children that lost everything in Hurricane Katrina disaster. The second was to bring real snow to a sixth grader that is very ill with leukemia
  • Created student teaching partnerships with University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University and California State University Northridge
  • Participated and won Nickelodeon “Let’s Just Play” program
  • Helped the LA Daily News with “Kids Translators”
  • Started a Community “I Love Reading Week” that will be held every Spring
  • Implemented PowerSchool in order to keep parents current with student’s grades and attendance
  • Students wrote letters and created Valentine’s Day greeting cards to send to overseas troops.
Ivy Academia Memberships & Affiliations
Ivy Academia is an active member of the following organizations:

2020 Guide to Tuition-Free, Public Charter Schools in California

Are you looking at school options for your child in California?
2020 has brought significant changes to K-12 education and this is causing a lot of parents to consider what education options are available for their children. It can be hard to know what is the correct choice because there are many options available to parents, their local public schools, public charter schools, private schools and online schools.

We have put together this guide to help you understand what options are available for your child and help you understand more about public charter schools and how your child (or children) could attend. Tuition-free public charter schools provide unique learning approaches that are an excellent fit for many children. We want to make the enrollment process as simple as possible by providing accurate information for parent’s most frequently asked questions.

This guide will provide answers to questions like, “What is a tuition-free public school?”, “What tuition-free public school options are available in California?” and “How do I enroll my student in charter school?”

If you are looking for answers to questions like these, read on!

What is a tuition-free public charter school in California?

A charter school is a public school that provides instruction in any combination of grades, kindergarten through grade twelve. Parents, teachers, or community members may initiate a charter petition, which is typically presented to and approved by a local school district governing board. California Education Code (EC) also allows, under certain circumstances, for county boards of education and the State Board of Education to be charter authorizing entities.
Charter schools are public schools that get funding from the state and have greater flexibility in hiring, curriculum, management and other aspects of their operations. Unlike traditional public schools that are run by school districts with an elected school board and a board-appointed superintendent, most charter schools are run by organizations with their own self-appointed boards.
In general, this independence gives charter schools more room to experiment and to come up with instructional and other innovations.

What tuition-free public charter schools are available for students living in California?

Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School is a TK-12 Tuition Free Public School. By incorporating the California State Standards with National Entrepreneurial Standards, we provide a well-rounded education. Our students run and operate businesses that allow them to apply real life skills to everyday situations.

What other counties and locations in California are served by tuition-free public charter schools in Los Angeles?

Students enrolling in a charter school are not restricted to a certain county or school district. Parents may choose the school that they feel is most appropriate for their child. Charter schools in California must admit any child residing in the state who is qualified to attend California schools regardless of which school district the child resides in.

How do I enroll my child in a tuition-free public charter school?

Charter schools often require an application. Most applications require specific information, including name, address, birth date, name of last school attended, and ethnic background.
If you are considering enrolling your child in a charter school, you should pay close attention to any deadlines regarding that school’s enrollment policy. Some charter schools, particularly those in high demand, will have a waitlist.
Because enrollment policies and procedures vary from school to school, families should contact individual charter schools to obtain specific enrollment information.

What are the requirements for acceptance into a charter school in California?

By law, charter schools cannot have admission processes that unlawfully discriminate against students. Charter schools accept all students who want to attend. If there are more students who want to attend than there are seats available, a charter school will use a process to randomly select students, oftentimes a lottery system.

How much does it cost to attend a charter school in California?

Public charter schools are public schools and are tuition-free. Funding for the schools comes from the state.

Are public charter schools high quality?

Studies continue to show charter school students make greater academic progress than students in traditional public schools. Sixty-seven (67) percent of California’s charter schools met student achievement targets on state tests in the 2009-10 school year compared to just 57% of non-charter schools.
Among traditionally disadvantaged students, those attending charters make greater academic progress than those in traditional public schools. In 2009-10, 74% of charter schools met student achievement targets for disadvantaged students* compared to 59% of non-charter schools. (*these are calculated by assessing California Department of Education “comparable improvement targets”)
California’s charter middle schools consistently demonstrate higher academic performance than non-charter schools. For the past five years, charter middle schools have had higher API Growth scores than non-charter middle schools. In 2009-10, middle school charters outperformed non-charters across the state and with all subgroups.