Ivy Prep open for next class

NORCROSS - Ivy Preparatory Academy is accepting applications for its next class of sixth-grade girls.

The Norcross state-chartered special school opened in August with about 160 students from Gwinnett and surrounding counties, said Nina Gilbert, head of the school.

"It's been an amazing six months," Gilbert said. "What I'm most thrilled about are the academic gains our students have made since the beginning of the year. ... Everything else has just been gravy.

"We've been working so hard to make sure we not only meet the obligations of our charter but also become known as the most innovative, cutting-edge, best practices school."

Ivy Prep, the first all-girls charter school in Georgia, has received national attention since it opened. In January, Gilbert appeared on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's show on the Fox News Channel and was surprised with tickets to take students to President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Any girl who will be entering the sixth grade in the upcoming school year can apply to the public school. The application deadline is March 21, Gilbert said.

Applications are not used for selection purposes, and if more students apply than are slots available, the school will have a lottery on March 28, Gilbert said.

Information sessions for interested families will take place at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 and 5 p.m. March 14 at the school at 3705 Engineering Drive in Norcross.

For more information, visit www.ivyprepacademy.org or call 770-342-0089.