Little Ivy Academy

Year-Round Enrichment for the 21st Century!

Exclusively for Kindergarteners-8th Graders

660 East Glen Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ 07450


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 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 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!
NEW Featured Program: MakersLab!

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, MakersLab after-school lab series for your K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th graders.

First launched during our 2016 summer camps, our MakersLab 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 Fall, we're offering the following seven-week MakersLab course:

  • Everyday Inventions: Your child will put hands-on creative engineering & electronics into action, engaging the Little Bits electronics building system throughout the invention cycle to develop an electric toothbrush, a digital scale and other awesome gadgets from daily life- for your Kindergartner-2nd grader or 3rd-5th grader. This couse is being offered at: Our Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood; Ridge School, Ridgewood; Travell School, Ridgewood

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 Fall, we're offering the following seven-week GameMakers lab courses:

  • First Encounters: Our newest RealScience!/Express Yourself! enrichment lab puts the power of the ground-breaking Scratch Jr. programming language in the hands of your Kindergartner-2nd grader, providing them with opportunities to bring their imagination to life as they develop the coding skills to design and program a series of their own interactive, animated games and stories. This course is being offered at: Our Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood; Orchard School, Ridgewood; West Ridge, Park Ridge

  • GameMakers: Classic Platformers where your 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, or 6th-8th Grade child will have the opportunity to design and code the elements of their own basic platform-style game that could include creating a character world, inventing a challenger or challengers to face their hero and providing the power-ups they'll need to take it to the next level. This course is being offered at: HoHoKus Public School, HoHoKus; West Ridge School, Park Ridge

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 Fall, we're offering the following seven-week AppMakers lab course:

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 Fall, we're offering the following seven-week The Robots are Coming!!! lab courses:


  • Robots Coming to Their Senses!: Creating robots capable of interacting with their environments is in store for your child when they engage this challenging series of project builds that deploy sensors, along with the related engineering concepts and programming commands needed to animate 'bots that make sense of the world- for your Kindergartner-2nd graders. This course is being offered at: Memorial School, North Haledon


  • Robots: Next Generation: Unleash your child’s imagination with opportunities to deploy NXT generation mobile technology and a made-for-robotics derivative of the age-appropriate Scratch programming language as they build and program mobile bots that navigate through (and sometimes around) the challenges and obstacles they "sense" along the way-  3rd-5th or 6th-8th graders. This course is being offered at: Our Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood; East Brook School, Park Ridge; High Mountain M.S., North Haledon

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 or 201.444.8400.

RealScience! & Express Yourself! 
Labs for Winter 2017

Fall Labs Underway,
Winter Lineup Coming Soon!

[UPDATE: Be among the first to know when registration opens for our Winter 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 Fall 2016 lab programs, just below.]

Below you'll find this Fall's 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 Fall 2016 programs when you CLICK on any of the links below.
For Quick Registration, CLICK HERE.
AppMakers: Connect & Share!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)  
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood
@East Brook School, Park Ridge

@High Mountain M.S., North Haledon

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

GameMakers: First Encounters!

GameMakers: Classic Adventure!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)

Robots in Motion!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)

Robots Coming to Their Senses!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Memorial School, North Haledon

 Robots Next Generation!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood
@East Brook School, Park Ridge
@High Mountain M.S., North Haledon

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!