Little Ivy Academy

Year-Round Enrichment for the 21st Century!

Exclusively for Kindergarteners-8th Graders

660 East Glen Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ 07450


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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 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 Afterschool 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: WebDevelopers
Now your child can join the ranks of web developers & entrepreneurs as they design & code their own website using HTML coding and more!

Our web developers will be launching their own web-development companies where they’ll design a website for their first customer. They’ll create & code web pages, adding pictures, videos and audio, as they help their customer promote their brand and sell their products on the internet.

This Fall, we'll be offering the following WebDeveloper courses:

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 afterschool enrichment 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 Fall we are offering the following InventionMakers courses:

    • Get Connected!: Now your child can connect to the secrets of creating and developing their own wireless devices to make life easier for them and their friends! Utilizing their critical thinking skills and the Little Bits invention system, kids will be able to will design, create and pitch, Shark-tank style, a range of radio-controlled & Bluetooth-enabled inventions for everyday use!
      Available at this location: Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood

  • Everyday Inventions!: Your child can be an inventor! Utilizing the LittleBits electronic invention system, kids will design and create useful digital invention. Once they have their invention finished, they’ll have the opportunity to “pitch” it, Shark Tank-style to their fellow lab mates!
    Available at this location: Memorial School, North Haledon; West Ridge, Park Ridge

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!!! Afterschool 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 are offering the following Robots courses:

  • Robots In Motion: Your child will put real fun into action as they advance their STEM skills building & coding a range of moving, spinning robotic devices. . . bringing motors to life. . . setting wheels & gears into action while they become familiar with both the programming language & engineering know-how they’ll need to complete each project.
    Available at this location: Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood

  • Robots Coming to Their Senses: Creating robots that interact with their environments is what’s in store for your child when they engage this challenging series of projects that deploy sensors, along with the related engineering concepts & coding needed to animate 'bots that make sense of the world.
    Available at this location: Orchard School, Ridgewood

  • Robots Engage and Interact: Now your child can deploy NXT Generation mobile robotic technology to create robots that use a range of sensors (touch, hear, see, etc.)  to engage &interact with environmental challenges and each other! Paired with a “flavor” of the age-appropriate Scratch programming language created at MIT’s Media Lab, your child can develop their critical thinking and STEAM skills as the build & code these engaging mobile bots.
    Available at this location: Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood; Ho-Ho-Kus Public School, Ho-Ho-Kus

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! Afterschool Enrichment Lab & Summer Camp programs provide your 1st-2nd, 3rd-5th, or 6th-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 3rd-5th or 6th-8th) or the new Scratch, Jr coding language created at Tufts University (1st-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 are offering the following GameMakers courses:

  • GameMakers: First Encounters! -Now, your child can move from passive user to active creator of their own interactive, animated stories & video games. They’ll be using the the age-appropriate Scratch, Jr. coding language as they explore the essential elements of story & game design.
    Available at these locations: Ho-Ho-Kus Public School, Ho-Ho-Kus

  • Jr. Game Developers: Put your 1st or 2nd grader in control of bringing their imagination to digital life as they create characters & worlds for their own series of interactive video games, all while developing their coding and critical-thinking skills with the age-appropriate Scratch Jr. coding language developed at MIT’s Media Lab.
    Available at these locations: Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood; Travell School, Ridgewood

  • Classic Adventure: Your child will be engaged in designing & coding a range of basic adventure-style video games, including inventing their own customized characters, new worlds of mazes and awesome challenges for their avatars.
    Available at this location: Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood

  • Classic Platformer: Here’s where your child can design & code their own basic platform-style video game, including creating a character’s world, inventing thier challengers and providing the power-ups they'll need to take it to the next level.
    Available at this location: Orchard School, 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, 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, WebDeveloper 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 @: or 201.444.8400.

RealScience! & Express Yourself! 
Labs for Winter 2018

Fall Labs Underway,
Winter Lineup Coming Soon!

[Update for This Term: Our Fall 2017 session is currently underway! If you are interested in joining our mailing list to find out about our upcoming programs, or learn more about how your kids can Have Your Own Lab (see above), you can contact us @:

Meanwhile, you'll find a sampling of our Fall 2017 labs below.]

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

Last chance to join these labs, which are now underway. Brief backgrounders on each of these labs are just one click away.
For Quick Registration, CLICK HERE.

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

Robots Coming to Their Senses!
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Robots Engage & Interact
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@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood
@Ho-Ho-Kus Public School, Ho-Ho-Kus

WebDevelopers Internet Rockstars
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)  

@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood

Get Connected!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood

Everyday Inventions!

GameMakers: First Encounters!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)

GameMakers: Jr. Game Developer!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)

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

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

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!