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!
 

[UPDATE: We look forward to seeing your child this Fall and we'll be announcing our Fall 2017 afterschool lab schedule shortly. Be among the first to know! Click Here to join our email notification list.]


This Session, 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:
 
  • InventionMakers: Everyday Inventions!, where 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 3rd-5th graders.

      • Jr. Game Developer puts your younger elementary school child in control of bringing their imagination to digital life as they create the characters and worlds for their own series of interactive video games,all while developing their coding and critical-thinking skills with the age-appropriate Scratch Jr. programming language— for your 1st-2nd 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 GameMakers: Jr. Game Developer! (Kindergarten-2nd Grade) & InventionMakers: Everyday Inventions! (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! & InventionMakers! 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: 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 Session, we'll be offering the following seven-week GameMakers lab courses, right here at Orchard in Ridgewood:


      •  Jr. Game Developer puts your younger elementary school child in control of bringing their imagination to digital life as they create the characters and worlds for their own series of interactive video games,all while developing their coding and critical-thinking skills with the age-appropriate Scratch Jr. programming language— for your 1st-2nd graders.

      New 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 Session, we'll be offering the following seven-week MakersLab course, here at Orchard in Ridgewood:


      • 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 3rd-5th grader.

      RealScience & Express Yourself
      Fall 2017 Afterschool Labs

      Countdown is On
      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
      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)

      Robots Coming to Their Senses!


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

      @West Ridge School, Park Ridge

      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!