Little Ivy Academy

Year-Round Enrichment for the 21st Century!

Exclusively for Kindergarteners-8th Graders

660 East Glen Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ 07450

201.444.8400

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

WELCOME TO
LITTLE IVY ACADEMY! 

 
a world of learning and laughter, curiosity and commitment, enriching fun and meaningful challenges, exclusively for local Kindergartners-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 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: 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.


This Summer @ Camp, we're offering:


  • Robots: Rise to the Challenge & Eyes on Spies: International Espionage!,with separate one-week programs for your 3rd-5th graders and 6th-8th graders @ our Ridgewood-Glen Rock and Pascack Valley/Rockland County area campuses. CLICK HERE for details and to register.

  • Summer Explorers!, with separate one-week programs that include LEGO Robotics for your soon-to-be 1st-2nd graders @our Ridgewood-Glen Rock and Pascack Valley/Rockland County area campuses. CLICK HERE for details and to register.
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!


This Summer @ Camp, we're offering:

  •  VideoMakers: The Producers!, with separate one-week programs for your 3rd-5th graders and 6th-8th graders @ our Ridgewood-Glen Rock and Pascack Valley/Rockland County area campuses. CLICK HERE for details and to register.

  • Summer Explorers!, with separate one-week programs that include LEGO Robotics for your soon-to-be 1st-2nd graders @our Ridgewood-Glen Rock and Pascack Valley/Rockland County area campuses. CLICK HERE for details and to register.
Featured Program: InventionMakers!

Think about the phones we carry with us everywhere or the household appliances we use every day. Our world is wired with electronics. We cannot imagine life without these devices that someone had to imagine & make.


Now, your child can capture the creative power of making, designing and building their own electronic creations in our all new, InventionMakers after-school lab series for your K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th graders.


First launched during our 2016 summer camps, our InventionMakers programs open the door to hands-on digital invention. Using our age-appropriate electronics building-systems, your child will engage the invention process, from first idea to functional product!

 
This Summer @ Camp, we're offering:

  • Invention Makers: Smart Living!, with separate one-week programs for your 3rd-5th graders and 6th-8th graders @ our Ridgewood-Glen Rock and Pascack Valley/Rockland County area campuses. CLICK HERE for details and to register.

  • Summer Explorers!, with separate one-week programs that include GameMakers for your soon-to-be 1st-2nd graders @ our Ridgewood-Glen Rock and Pascack Valley/Rockland County area campuses. CLICK HERE for details and to register.

Featured Program: GameMakers!

While elementary and middle school 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 Kindergartners- 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 (Kindergarten-2nd grade)-- 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!


This Summer @ Camp, we're offering:

  • GameMakers: Arcade Creator!, with separate one-week programs for your 3rd-5th graders and 6th-8th graders @ our Ridgewood-Glen Rock and Pascack Valley/Rockland County area campuses. CLICK HERE for details and to register.

  • Summer Explorers!, with separate one-week programs that include GameMakers for your soon-to-be 1st-2nd graders @ our Ridgewood-Glen Rock and Pascack Valley/Rockland County area campuses. CLICK HERE for details and to register.

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!


This Summer @ Camp, we're offering:


  • AppMakers: App Tycoons!,with separate one-week programs for your 3rd-5th graders and 6th-8th graders @ our Ridgewood-Glen Rock and Pascack Valley/Rockland County area campuses. CLICK HERE for details and to register.
Summer  Crossroads 2017:
Summer Camp Starts Here!

Think Summer,

When Your Child Can. . .

Real Discovery & Real Fun await for your child when they join us this summer for our Summer Explorers (for girls & boys entering 1st & 2nd Grade) and Real Science! & Express Yourself! day camp programs (for girls & boys entering 3rd-5th & 6th-8th Grade).

 

Please click on one of the links below for Program/Location details and to Register

 

RealScience!
& Express Yourself! Camps

(Campers entering Grades 3-5 & 6-8. Click on Link Below)

 

Summer Explorers! Camps
(Campers entering Grades 1 & 2. Click on Link Below)

 

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, sports team, children of your work friends  interested in discovering how to produce digital videos. . . build and program robots. . . design and program video games, mobile apps, animated stories?

No need to wait for our next round of scheduled labs to get underway! 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, MakersLabs, 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 info@littleivyacademy.com or 201.444.8400.

RealScience! & Express Yourself! 
Labs for Fall 2017

Watch This Space
for Fall 2017 Labs!
 

[UPDATE: Be among the first to know when registration opens for our Fall 2017 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 2017 lab programs, just below.]


Below you'll find this Spring's Express Yourself! and RealScience! Learning Enrichment Lab programs for your elementary and middle schoolers.


While some labs are underway, new labs are launching now!

 
The new labs that are launching now are clickable, below. Brief backgrounders on these labs are just one click away.
 
For Quick Registration, CLICK HERE.


Robots At Work!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood
@Memorial School, North Haledon


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


AppMakers: Connect & Share!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)  
@Dorchester School, Woodcliff Lake


InventionMakers:
Everyday Inventions!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood

@HoHoKus Public School, HoHoKus


GameMakers: First Encounters!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location) 
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood


GameMakers: Jr. Game Developer!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)  
@Orchard School, Ridgewood


GameMakers: Classic Adventure!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Travell School, Ridgewood


GameMakers: Classic Platformers!
(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
@Travell School, Ridgewood
@West Ridge School, Park Ridge
@HoHoKus Public School, HoHoKus


Robots Next Generation!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)

@West Ridge School, Park Ridge

Customized Tutoring

Empowers Your Child's Success!

Tutoring As Unique
 As Your Child!

This Spring, 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 info@littleivyacademy.com.

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 info@mylittleivy.com. 
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 info@littleivyacademy.com or by telephone at 201.444.8400.
 
We look forward to hearing from you!