Ivy Preparatory Academy, Head of Schools, Charcia Nichols. Ed. D
In 2007 Dr. Nina Gilbert and Angelina Howell founded Ivy Preparatory Academy, making it Georgia’s first state public charter school for girls. Dr. Gilbert, a former Gwinnett County Schools administrator, was motivated to start a charter school by her passion for education and her frustration with children being labeled and shuffled by their demographics and disabilities within the public school system.
"If someone had given me a glimpse of what the past four years would have looked like or what I would have had to endure, I probably wouldn't have started on this journey," said Gilbert to the AJC, "I am so glad faith is blind." We are so glad Dr. Gilbert continued on her path.
Receiving the first charter from the State Board of the Georgia Department of Education in January of 2008, Ivy Prep opened the doors of the Gwinnett Campus, to our first class of 6th-grade students in August of 2008. Ivy Prep, bloomed into a high-performing middle and high school of 500 students, which grew despite being turned down by two local school districts.
In 2011, Ivy Preparatory Academy expanded to our second campus, Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood for Girls. Gilbert and Howell shaped Ivy Prep to prepare scholars for the rigor of college. Ivy Prep has met and exceeded state goals in several areas for students on Georgia's state standardized tests. In 2011, 94 percent of students met or exceeded in math, 97 percent in reading and 98 percent in English/language arts on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.
Ivy Prep is delighted to offer a college preparatory, single-gender educational option to our scholars. IPA students receive an extended school day and school year through the addition of Culture Week, Saturday Academies, and weekly homework support for scholars who need additional academic assistance.
Simply stated we are the Right Choice for Girls
Ivy Preparatory Academy fosters a culture of collaboration, passion for learning, integrity, and servant leadership.
Our school values the simple, honorable premise of unity and uplifting of young women in order to teach and assist them with building higher levels of self-worth, self-respect, self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-confidence.
Our scholars are well-rounded young women who possess the necessary academic skills and knowledge and are excited about learning.
Our network serves and helps our scholars and their families, faculty and staff, and volunteers and community partners through mutually beneficial arrangments. We recognize that our continued success is dependent on serving our stakeholders effectively.
Ivy Preparatory Academy cultivates leaders who manifest change in the world.
Ivy Preparatory Academy believes that by educating and strengthening our scholars, we educate and strengthen our communities.