Little Ivy Academy

Year-Round Enrichment for the 21st Century!

Exclusively for Kindergarteners-8th Graders

660 East Glen Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ 07450


Summer Camp Starts Here! 

Watch Our Campers. . . Build & Program Robots. . . Code Apps. . .

Create Video Games. . . Deploy Spygear. . . Film Special FX Videos!

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REAL STEM/STEAM Discovery, REAL 21st Century Fun!


a world of learning and laughter, curiosity and commitment, enriching fun and meaningful challenges, exclusively for local Kindergarteners-8th Graders.
Whether at work or play, elementary and middle schoolers are constantly in search of useful 21st Century tools to aid their curiosity in unlocking the mysteries of the world around them. . .  and share what they've found with friends and family. Present your elementary or middle schooler with problems they need to solve, want to solve, and by turns happily, at other times with a few grumbles along the way (just like the rest of us), they’ll work long and hard to master the problem-solving tools they find most useful.
Our small-group STEAM/STEM Learning Enrichment Labs-- RealScience! and Express Yourself!-- (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math); Summer Camp programs and individualized small-group and private Customized Tutoring programs in Reading, Writing & Math; -- have been carefully crafted to harness your child’s natural curiosity and their need to have useful 21st Century tools for understanding and being understood, with evolving opportunities for exploring and progressing towards greater skill mastery.
We invite you to learn more about the Little Ivy Academy Difference. . . and look forward to meeting you and your child!

Featured Program: App-Makers!

Whether checking-in on Instagram or the latest version of Angry Birds, 3rd-8th Graders are captivated when they’re using their favorite smartphone and tablet apps, sharing their enthusiasm for their latest discoveries with friends and family.


Our STEM/STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) AppMakers! learning enrichment lab & Summer Camp programs have been crafted to take your 3rd-8th graders enthusiasm for discovery to the next level with opportunities to engage in smartphone/tablet app design and programming, creating apps they can share with friends and family-- with separate, age-appropriate labs for  3rd-5th & 6th-8thgraders.


AppMakers! is our RealScience!/Express Yourself! program that sparks your child's imagination, developing their emerging critical-thinking and organizational skills, as well as their reading, writing and STEM/STEAM skills, as they collaborate to overcome  practical challenges while creating apps of their own—Real Discovery & Real Fun!

Featured Program: THE ROBOTS ARE COMING!!!

Elementary and middle schoolers have a fascination with the world of automated and mechanical operations-- most especially a curiosity about the “what” “how” and “why” of things set into motion by computers.

Our RealScience! The Robots are Coming!!! Learning Enrichment Lab courses and Summer Camp programs capture this fascination, this curiosity, putting your elementary and middle schooler in control of their very own robotic creations as they bring them from first movements to fully programmed strength!

In fact, our projects-based The Robots Are Coming!!! lab courses and summer camp programs are built upon a “differentiated learning” approach, providing our students with projects that include both basic builds and more challenging enhancements that accommodate their range of skill levels--- from beginners to advanced students. Even our “advanced students-only” programs use this approach in order to provide unique opportunities for the full range of our advanced students.

Combining LEGOs, supplemented by a range of additional materials, for the engineering, plus an age-appropriate programming language—including an image-based language for the programming created at Tufts University especially for our young, elementary schoolers, and the more robust Scratch language created at MIT's cutting-edge Media Lab for our older elementary schoolers and middle schoolers-The Robots Are Coming!!! provides your child with full, hands-on access to the S.T.E.M.-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) world of creative engineering and programming.

Featured Program: GameMakers!

While 1st-8th grade girls and boys love to play with interactive stories and video games , especially video games, the only thing they love more is making interactive stories and games of their own!

Our GameMakers! Learning Enrichment Lab & Summer Camp programs provide your 1st- 8th Graders with hands-on opportunities to actively design and program their own interactive, animated games as they learn the age-appropriate Scratch programming language created at the cutting-edge MIT Media Lab (Grades 3-8) or the new Scratch, Jr coding language created at Tufts University (Grades 1-2)-- in separate, age-appropriate labs.

With our small-group, STEM/STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) approach, your child and their lab mates will move from passively playing games and stories created by others to active, engaged creators of games and stories of their own.

Each of our project-based GameMakers! lab courses call upon your child's imagination, nurturing their emerging critical-thinking and organizational skills, as well as their reading, writing and STEM/STEAM skills, as they bring new characters to life, crafting functional plots and environments for game-play and story-telling, all while designing and programming their own basic video games or interactive stories!

Featured Program: VideoMakers!

Working hands-on with the tools of the digital filmmaker’s craft, your child begin to master the skills they'll need to develop their scene ideas into actual working scripts. . . discover and deploy a range of camera angles as they film their scenes. . . cut in special effects and. . . take charge of the digital console to edit the scenes together to capture their unique vision!


Each of our project-based VideoMakers! learning enrichment lab courses & Summer Camp programs is built upon a differentiated learning approach, providing each of our students with project opportunities that include both basic digital productions and more challenging production enhancements to accommodate their range of skill levels.


During each weekly lab session and summer camp program, your child and their lab mates will advance their digital productions as they script, film, perform, add special effects, edit and share their videos--- using robust, age-appropriate software and related technologies!

RealScience! & Express Yourself! 
Labs for Fall 2016

Fall 2016 Lab Lineup
Coming Soon!

[UPDATE: Be among the first to know when registration opens for our Fall 2016 RealScience! & Express Yourself! after-school Enrichment Labs at our Little Ivy Academy campus and select, local elementary schools  All you need to do is CLICK HERE to send your e-mail request to join our mailing list.

Meanwhile, we invite you to take a peek at a sampling of our Spring 2016 lab programs, just below.]

Below you'll find this school year's remaining Express Yourself! and RealScience! Learning Enrichment Lab programs for your elementary and middle schoolers (Grades Pre-K to 8), which are launching now!

You'll find brief backgrounders on each of these Spring 2016 programs when you CLICK on any of the links below.
For Quick Registration, CLICK HERE.

While only a handful of scheduled labs remain, your group can have their own seven-week lab course with our popular Bespoke Lab program. CLICK HERE to e-mail us for details.
GameMakers: First Encounters!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)  
@Memorial School, North Haledon 

GameMakers: Classic Adventure!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
GameMakers: Classic Platformers!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
Robots in Motion!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)

 Robots at Work!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood

 Robots Coming to Their Senses!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood
Robots: Engage & Interact!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood

Our Bespoke Lab Program

for Your Private Group 
Have Your Own Lab:
Your Friends, Your Schedule

Have a group of elementary or middle school friends, scout group or sports team interested in discovering how to produce digital videos. . . build and program robots. . . design and program video games, mobile apps, animated stories?

Your group can have their own seven-week Express Yourself! or RealScience! enrichment lab with our popular Bespoke Lab program, hosted here on our Ridgewood campus or at a convenient location you've arranged.


All you need to do is choose from any of our Robots Are Coming!, VideoMakers, GameMakers or AppMakers lab programs. . . . . reach out to your friendship network, select a location, dates and time, and we'll do the rest.


To learn more about our Bespoke Lab program, please contact our director, Erich Bassler at or 201.444.8400.

Customized Tutoring

Empowers Your Child's Success!

Tutoring As Unique
 As Your Child!

This Fall, Little Ivy is offering customized small-group and private Tutoring programs in Reading, Writing & Math, exclusively for kindergarteners, first graders, second graders, third graders, fourth graders, fifth graders, sixth graders, seventh graders and eighth graders right here on our park-like Ridgewood campus.

We invite you to learn more about how we can help unlock the mysteries of successful skills development for your child by clicking on any of the links above, or contacting our director, Erich Bassler at 201.444.8400, or by e-mail at

Visit Our Sister School 

for Preschool, Kindergarten
& Childcare

Our sister school, Little Ivy Learning Center, right here in Ridgewood, provides throughfully crafted preschool, kindergarten enrichment (with transportation to/from many local schools), transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, full-day childcare and summer camp programs for children ages 12 months to 6 years.

We invite you to learn more about Little Ivy Learning Center by CLICKING HERE to visit our website, contacting us by phone at 201-444-0048, or by e-mail at 
Learn More Here!
To learn more about Little Ivy Academy's Customized Tutoring programs in reading, writing, math and study skills; RealScience! and Express Yourself! Learning Enrichment Lab Courses; and Summer Camp programs for your kindergartener, first grader, second grader, third grader, fourth grader, fifth grader, sixth grader, seventh grader or eighth grader, please send your questions to us by e-mail at or by telephone at 201.444.8400.
We look forward to hearing from you!