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

WELCOME TO OUR ORCHARD SCHOOL FAMILIES!

Afterschool Enrichment
Right Here
@ Orchard!

This Fall, right here at Orchard School in Ridgewood, we're thrilled to be offering the following RealScience! & Express Yourself! STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) enrichment lab programs:
 
  • 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- for your Kindergarten-2nd graders.

        • GameMakers Classic Platformers 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 levelfor your 3rd-5th graders.

         

        This page is your exclusive resource for registration and program updates about the enrichment labs we're offering at Orchard, as well as the tutoring programs, enrichment labs and summer camp programs we offer at our nearby Ridgewood campus and other, select local schools. We encourage you to bookmark it for easy reference.

        To register your child, click on the REGISTER link in the grid below. Our OneApp Registration form will allow you to register more than one of your children for the Robots Coming to Their Senses! (Kindergarten-2nd Grade) & GameMakers: Classic Platformers! (3rd-5th graders) labs here at Orchard. A 10 % discount will be applied for each sibling who also registers!
        Our Learning Enrichment Lab class sizes are limited to provide your child with a robust, small-group learning environment. We will process registrations on a rolling admission basis until each class is full. Additional registrations will be placed on a wait list, and we will contact you in the event your registration is wait-listed.

        Meanwhile, please scroll down this page to learn more about our STEM/STEAM-based GameMakers! & The Robots are Coming!!! lab programs.

         

        If you have any questions, please contact our director, Erich Bassler, by e-mail at info@littleivyacademy.com, or by phone at 201-444-8400.

        New 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 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'll be offering the following seven-week Robots Are Coming! lab course. right here at Orchard in Ridgewood:


        • 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 need to animate 'bots that make sense of the world- for your Kindergartner-2nd grader

        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 elementary and middle schoolers with hands-on opportunities to actively design and program their own interactive, animated games and stories 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'll be offering the following seven-week GameMakers lab course, right here at Orchard in Ridgewood:


        •  Classic Platformers 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.for your 3rd-5th graders.

        Fall 2017 Enrichment Labs

        @ Orchard School
        Registration NOW OPEN
        for Fall Labs!

        Below you'll find the schedule for our Fall 2017 Learning Enrichment Lab Program, right here at Orchard.

          
        Robots Coming to Their Senses!
        • For Kindergarten-Second Graders
          • When: 7 Tuesday afternoons,
            Oct. 3-Nov. 28
            (no labs 10/31, 11/21)
          • Time: 3:00 p.m.- 4:10 p.m.
          • Location: Orchard School, Ridgewood
          • Lab Size: Maximum 10, Minimum 6
            students


        GameMakers: Classic Platformers

        • For Third-Fourth Graders
          • When: 7 Wednesday afternoons,
            Oct. 4-Nov. 15
          • Time: 3:00 p.m.- 4:10 p.m.
          • Location: Orchard School, Ridgewood
          • Lab Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6
            students

        RealScience & Express Yourself
        Fall 2017 Afterschool Labs

        Fall 2017 Registration
        Now Open!

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


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

        Robots Coming to Their Senses!
        (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)

        Robots Engage & Interact
        (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
        @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

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

        InventionMakers:
        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)

        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, InventionMakers, 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.

        Customized Tutoring
        Empowers Your Child's Success!
        Tutoring As Unique
         As Your Child!

         

        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 ---Discounts available for our Orchard enrichment lab students and their families!