Ivy Prep taking applications for next school year

NORCROSS -- Ivy Preparatory Academy, an all-girls charter school, is accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year.

Any girl entering sixth grade and who lives in Gwinnett or DeKalb counties is eligible to attend Ivy Prep. Although sixth grade is Ivy Prep's primary entry point, the school is also accepting applications for seventh grade. New seventh-graders will only be admitted if seats are available.

Charter schools are public schools designed to operate independent of federal, state and local regulation in exchange for increased accountability in student achievement.

Families interested in learning more about the tuition-free school can attend an information session at 6 p.m. Thursday or March 1.

During the information session, families will tour the school, located at 3705 Engineering Drive in Norcross, and learn more about the school's curriculum as culture, as well as the enrollment process. Teachers and administrators will be available to answer questions about the school.

Ivy Prep currently has about 300 sixth- and seventh-grade girls "learning in a culture of scholarship and sisterhood," according to a news release. The school is adding an eighth-grade class next year and has plans to add one grade per year until it serves girls from sixth to 12th grade.

The admissions enrollment application should be submitted by March 5. Any submitted after that date will be placed on the waiting list. The form is available online at www.ivyprepacademy.org/admissions. Applications can be submitted online, by U.S. mail or in person.

If more students apply than seats are available, a lottery will be held to randomly select students for admission. Students who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list in the order that their names are pulled in the lottery.

Those selected for admissions in the lottery should confirm their seat for the upcoming school year by submitting completed registration materials by April 16. Students who do not submit the completed packets by that date will lose their spot to the next student on the waiting list.