Opening the 2019-2020 School Year

14356 Genoa Ct., Plymouth, MI 48170

Ivywood Classical Academy is a tuition-free public school academy that will educate students using the virtues-based, content-rich, classical education tradition. The classical curriculum is time-tested, research-based and is proven to develop children into thoughtful, caring, educated, freethinking young adults. The curriculum emphasizes an education in the humanities, sciences, and arts and integrates the Latin language to promote depth in learning. We will be opening for the 2019/2020 school year starting with grades K-5, with the plan to add a middle school and high school in the future.

At Ivywood, your child is our priority. We treat each child as an individual and are vested in their success. At Ivywood, we are family.

Now enrolling for the 2019/2020 school year!

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At Ivywood, our amazing teachers will inspire the love of learning in your child! Our culture is built on mutual respect, trust and heart. It is a community that is inviting, welcoming and a joyous place to be. Students at every age practice critical thinking and actively engage in learning through the socratic teaching method. At Ivywood, teachers are the heart of the school and are surrounded by a support system that is committed to the success of every child. Students at Ivywood thrive within the school’s high expectations and parents are actively engaged, providing a positive learning experience for each child. Classical education embraces the concept of educating the whole child and the notion that children are more than their standardized test score. In addition to rigorous academics, students explore creative outlets in art, music, sports and numerous other clubs of interest, contributing to the development of well-rounded individuals.

10 Reasons to Choose Classical Education for Your Child

Your child will be…

  1. Encouraged to think independently, observe, and articulate.
  2. Trained in study skills, such as time management, organization, and note taking, which are essential for building stamina for further academic pursuits.
  3. Challenged academically and inspired by creativity.
  4. Taught history through primary source documents to foster analytical skills and essential insight into their culture and heritage.
  5. Introduced to Latin roots, which improve reading comprehension, increase vocabulary, and bolster performance in all subjects.
  6. In a safe learning environment that instills virtues.
  7. Supported to excel in their unique potential.
  8. Provided with a rigorous curriculum that promotes excellence.
  9. Equipped with the wisdom and understanding necessary to be courageous in a world of conflicting ideas.
  10. Provided with a classical liberal arts education appropriate for their age and stage of learning.

Questions about Ivywood?

Phone Number: (248) 207-1757

Ivywood Upcoming Board Meetings

All board meetings will be the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Plymouth Library unless noted differently.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (Location Change: PARC – 650 Church St., Plymouth, MI 48170)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 (Location Change: PARC – 650 Church St., Plymouth, MI 48170)

School Calendar

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3, 2019. School will start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m. 

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Our Mission and Vision


 Ivywood Classical Academy teaches and equips scholars to become moral and intellectual leaders in a self-governing society. We inspire wonder.


Our scholars desire the truth, do the good, and love the beautiful.

Our Virtues

The primary function of classical education is purposeful dissemination of knowledge. Students do not merely need to learn “critical thinking skills” but also need to furnish their minds and imaginations with something to think about.  We call this wonder.

At Ivywood high academic achievement, personal discipline, moral character and responsibility are consistently reinforced through the study of classical liberal arts. The emphasis of our curriculum is upon the core disciplines of math, science, history, language arts, and foreign languages. Each of these disciplines is taught with an emphasis upon our own history and traditions as American citizens and inheritors of Western Civilization. Beyond curriculum, all students at Ivywood are trained in study skills such as time management, organization and note taking that are essential for building stamina for further academic pursuits.

Our success is born out of the intentional interaction between teacher, student and curriculum. Without dedicated, competent teachers, the best educational practices will never come to fruition in the classroom. Ivywood’s teachers are professionals who believe in the mission of Ivywood and embrace the responsibility of carrying it out. Our classroom instruction is knowledge-based, and teacher-led, incorporating the Socratic Method of engaging dialogue between the teacher and the student. Our curriculum is relevant to all students, regardless of their current position in their path to knowledge and our team is intentional in meeting the needs of each student.


I take action even when I am scared.


I see the inherent value in others.


I deliver my personal best.


I do the right thing even when no one is watching.


I serve others before serving myself.

Self Government

I use self-control in my actions.


I have a thirst for knowledge. I am amazed by and open to all that life has to offer.

Action Steps for Success

Project Team Formed

Initial Charter Application Submitted

Selection of the School Site

Charter Application Approval

Staff Selection & Training

Recruitment Season Starts

School Opens 2019/2020 

Our Collaborating Partners

Ivywood Classical Academy is fortunate to have numerous collaborating partners who are deeply invested in the success of this school.

Central Michigan University is our authorizer, granting Ivywood the ability to become a tuition-free, public school academy in the Plymouth.

Hillsdale’s Barney Charter School Initiative is the architect of the proven curriculum Ivywood will implement. They provide ongoing classical studies training to teachers and principals and serve as a key advisor to the academy board and principal.

Choice is more than a full-service educational service provider. They’re a group of passionate people who are on a mission to provide incredible opportunities for every single child in Michigan.

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