FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHAT ARE THE IVY SCHOOL HOURS?

SCHOOL START TIMES

PRESCOTT MORRIS

School Starts

8:00 AM 8:15 AM

Dismissal

Mon-Thur

2:45 PM 3:00 PM

Dismissal

FRIDAY

12:30 12:45
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND?

Ivy is tuition-free. However, we have an annual school fee of $300 due at the beginning of each year. This fee helps to cover the cost of field trips, going outs and consumable supplies used by all students throughout the year. These supplies include: pencils, colored pencils, copy, construction and lined paper, glue sticks, erasers, cardstock, dry erase markers, scissors, Scotch tape, composition books, note cards, protractors, compasses, and Kleenex. This fee is also used to help replace and repair our essential Montessori Materials. Your child will NOT be denied supplies, activities or enrollment based on your ability to pay this fee in full.

DOES THE IVY SCHOOL OFFER LUNCH?

Children are always welcome to bring in a healthy lunch from home. We currently offer a nutritionally balanced cold lunch daily for a fee.  Free or reduced lunch is available to those that qualify. Please complete annually a Free or Reduced Lunch Form.  Forms are available on our website or at the Prescott campus office.
Click here to learn more about our lunch program.

HOW IS THE IVY CHARTER SCHOOL DIFFERENT FROM A TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOL?

The Ivy School is a state-sponsored public charter school operating independently of The Portland Public School District. Charter schools in Oregon run independently of the traditional public school system and tailor programs to community needs. While some school operations may mirror those of traditional public schools, many policymakers, parents, and educators see chartering as a way to increase educational choice and innovation within the public school system. A charter school is still accountable for student achievement and operational performance. Charter schools are funded on a per-student basis from state and local education tax funds.  Charter school funding, however,  is only about 65% per student as compared with funding for Portland Public School students.  The Ivy Charter School is governed as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit, with it’s own Board of Directors.

WHAT IS THE MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY?

Montessori is an educational approach developed by Maria Montessori over 100 years ago.  The philosophy based on the observation that children have a natural drive to explore, handle and learn from their environments.  Each classroom is prepared with Montessori materials that coincide with concepts in math, science, language arts, etc., and provides a comprehensive curriculum.

HOW MANY CHILDREN ARE THERE IN A CLASSROOM?

Ivy classrooms are structured with 30 students per classroom in Lower and Upper Elementary, and up to 42 in Middle School.  Classrooms are mixed-ages with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades together in each of our four Lower Elementary classrooms on the Prescott Campus, 4th and 5th grade 6th grades together in each of our four Upper Elementary classrooms on the Morris Campus,  and 7th and 8th grades together in our middle school on the Prescott Campus. Ideally, there are 10 students in each grade.  Each of our Lower and Upper Elementary  classrooms have a lead teacher and an assistant, except the middle school which has two lead teachers and an assistant teacher

WHAT IS A MIXED AGE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT LIKE AT THE IVY SCHOOL?

Trained teachers present lessons to students based on the student’s needs and interests.  Older students mentor and assist younger students with their daily work.  The student that is able to re-teach a skill or concept they have previously learned, enables them to learn as much as the student receiving the lesson.  This type of learning builds bonds between the children and reinforces a peaceful and respectful community within the classroom.  The supportive, non-competitive environment allows every child to succeed.

WHAT DOES IVY OFFER STUDENTS?

Integrated with the Montessori approach, Ivy offers physical education, music, art, gardening, and community service opportunities.  Classes also take field trips throughout the year.  The trips are designed to enhance some aspect of study or to take advantage of a community service project.  As students become more responsible and interested in particular topics or issues they have “going out” experiences.  This involves several students who leave the school with chaperones and use community resources to research a particular topic or issue.

ARE STUDENTS WITH AN IEP (INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PLAN) SERVED AT IVY?

Yes.  The Ivy School contracts with Portland Public Schools to provide students with IEPs the support they need from a PPS Special Education teacher as well as a school psychologist, occupational therapist and a speech and language pathologist.

DO IVY STUDENTS TAKE STANDARDIZED TESTS?

Yes.  Every year students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 will take the OAKS (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test, which are the state required tests to measure how students are performing on State Standards.

IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED? HOW WILL I GET THERE?

Parents are responsible for transporting their child to and from The Ivy School.  We offer curbside drop-off every morning for your convenience. The school is located on a Tri-Met bus line. You may also connect with fellow parents to set up car pools.

WHAT IS THE IVY SCHOOL’S TAX ID NUMBER?

Our EIN is 20-4681686