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.
Ivy Academia employs a curricular approach to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and focuses on the core attributes of real entrepreneurship. Starting with students in Transitional Kindergarten through 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 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.


NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) Partnership

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a global educational nonprofit focused on bringing the power of entrepreneurship to youth in low-income communities. NFTE’s rigorous programs are taught by a highly trained Teacher Corps, and NFTE students are supported by a diverse Volunteer Corps drawn from the local community, including business leaders and entrepreneurs. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, NFTE has trained thousands of teachers and educated more than a million young people worldwide. The NFTE community is diverse. Business and community leaders, academicians, and entrepreneurs serve on our boards. Our staff includes experienced educators, curriculum designers, program managers, and workforce development experts. Our supporters range from individual donors and philanthropic foundations to global corporations.

NFTE works with a variety of public and private sector partners to bring its uniquely effective brand of experiential, project-based learning to young people. NFTE learners are supported by a highly trained Teacher Corps, coached by a dedicated Volunteer Corps, and motivated and rewarded by opportunities to vie for scholarships and seed capital at a series of annual business plan and pitch competitions.