Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Ivy School hours and costs?

The Ivy School follows the standard Portland Public School calendar.  We may have some teacher planning days that differ from PPS.
Click here to view the current School calendar

Prescott Campus Hours   8:00am-2:30pm

Early Care: 7:30 – 8:00  Drop Off: 8:00 – 8:15  School: 8:15 – 2:30  Aftercare: 2:45 – 5:30

Morris Campus Hours    8:15am-3:00pm

Early Care: 7:30 – 8:15  Drop Off: 8:15 – 8:30  School: 8:30 – 3:00  Aftercare:  3:15 – 5:30

Ivy is tuition free, however, we ask upon initial enrollment and annually for $75.00/per student to cover the cost of student supplies.  Your child will NOT be denied supplies, activities or enrollment based on your ability to pay this fee in full.

Does the Ivy School offer lunch?
Children are always welcome to bring in a healthy lunch from home. We currently offer a nutritionally balanced cold lunch daily for a fee.  Free or reduced lunch is available to those that qualify. Please complete annually a Free or Reduced Lunch Form.  Forms are available on our website or at the Prescott campus office.
Click here to learn more about our lunch program.

How is the Ivy Charter School different from a traditional public school?
A charter school is a public school that operates independently from its local school district, to allow more freedom and flexibility in the curriculum.  A charter school is still accountable for student achievement and operational performance. Charter schools are funded on a per-student basis from state and local education tax funds.  Charter schools, however, are funded 20% less per student than Portland Public School students.  The Ivy Charter School is governed as an independent non-profit, with it’s own Board of Directors.

What is the Montessori philosophy?
Montessori is an educational approach developed by Maria Montessori over 100 years ago.  The philosophy based on the observation that children have a natural drive to explore, handle and learn from their environments.  Each classroom is prepared with Montessori materials that coincide with concepts in math, science, language arts, etc., and provides a comprehensive curriculum.

How many children are there in a classroom?
Ivy classrooms are structured with about 30 students per class.  Classrooms are mixed-ages with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades together, 4th and 5th grade together, 5th and 6th grade together, and 6th, 7th and 8th grades together.  Ideally, there are 10 students in each grade.  Each class has a lead teacher and a teaching assistant, except the middle school which has two lead teachers.

What is a mixed age classroom environment like at The Ivy School?
Trained teachers present lessons to students based on the student’s needs and interests.  Older students mentor and assist younger students with their daily work.  The student that is able to re-teach a skill or concept they have previously learned, enables them to learn as much as the student receiving the lesson.  This type of learning builds bonds between the children and reinforces a peaceful and respectful community within the classroom.  The supportive, non-competitive environment allows every child to succeed.

The Ivy School has daily Spanish language study, what does that mean?
The Ivy School classrooms all have Spanish Language study daily.  Each classroom has a Spanish Speaking teacher, in addition to a English speaking teacher.  Our goal is to meet each child in his/her first and second language skill acquisition and academic development.  Children learn language in different ways.  The benefit of a Spanish language study Montessori program is to support the individual language learning styles of each child.  Students will achieve a strong second language foundation and academic success through engaging curriculum, with sufficient time and qualified teachers.

What other “specials” are offered at Ivy?
Ivy offers physical education, music, art, gardening, live animal care, and community service opportunities.  Classes also take many field trips throughout the year.  The trips are designed to enhance some aspect of study or to take advantage of a community service project.  As the children become more responsible and interested in particular topics or issues, students have “going out” experiences.  This involves several students who leave the school with chaperones and use community resources to research a particular topic or issue.

Are students with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) served at Ivy?
Yes.  Students receive support from a PPS Special Education teacher as well as a school psychologist, occupational therapist and a speech and language pathologist.

Do Ivy students take standardized tests?
Yes.  Every year students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 will take the OAKS (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test, which are the state required tests to measure how students are performing on State Standards.

How will the building accommodate 1st-8th grade?  Will you be moving to a bigger building?
Currently, Ivy has two locations, one for Lower Elementary and one for Upper Elementary/Middle School students. Ivy recently bought the Prescott building through capital campaign funds.  Ivy will continue to lease the Morris campus for Upper Elementary and Middle School students. In the future, Ivy can build an addition to the Prescott campus if more classroom space is needed.

Is transportation provided? How will I get there?
Parents are responsible for transporting their child to and from The Ivy School.  We offer curbside drop-off every morning for your convenience. The school is located on a Tri-Met bus line. You may also connect with fellow parents to set up car pools.


What is the Ivy School’s Tax ID Number?

Our EIN is 20-4681686