School Year Programs

IvySmart School Year Programs

After-School Programs (Fall And Spring)

IvySmart’s After-School Program encompasses the same ideals represented in our summer program.

We offer a pick-up service from most of the schools in the greater Torrance and Palos Verdes areas for a fee. This means parents don’t have to worry about dropping their children off after school.

The After-School Program is open from Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. We alternate curriculum with Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays focusing on English and writing and Tuesdays and Thursdays focusing on math.

Students in the program get a chance to not only receive help with the school homework they are assigned, but their learning is supplemented with the classes. The after-school program is the perfect place for your child to work on bad procrastination habits, get extra help, or provide a studious, academic environment to help them excel with their schoolwork.

If a student requires even more supplemental tutoring services, Ivy can also arrange one-on-one tutoring regarding most, if not all, subjects. One-on-one tutoring services are great for students who require personal help with certain subjects.

Our small class sizes and close student-teacher interaction ensure that students who are struggling with their studies are given enough supplemental help. IvySmart takes pride in offering one of the most extensive after-school programs currently offered!


PSAT/SAT Tutoring Program & AP/Subject Test Prep

PSAT/SAT ProgramOne of the primary goals of Ivy League School is to cater to the needs of high school students who need to take the SAT. The SAT is a standardized test that is used by colleges to place students for admission. A great SAT score goes a long way in establishing the student’s credibility and providing colleges with a way to gauge the student’s academic strength and eligibility for the specific college.

IvySmart offers dedicated guidance to help our students realize dreams of being accepted into prestigious colleges and universities from Ivy League universities to the universities of California. Over the past two decades, 96% of our students have been accepted into UCs, with 60% acceptance into UCLA, UC Berkeley, and other Ivy League universities.

PSAT: The PSAT practice test allows students to experience the general academic requirements of the SAT without being too committed regarding time and finances. In our PSAT program, individual tests are given every week alternating between English and Math, with the teachers covering the test material after each successive test date. This program is a great way for younger students to try SAT-level questions and gauge their prowess when it comes to preparing for the SAT.

SAT: IvySmart’s SAT prep program is one of the most comprehensive programs offered in the Southbay area. Our SAT curriculum encompasses five SAT subjects: math, writing, reading and comprehension, and grammar. The program meets twice a week—on Fridays and Saturdays—with Friday including math tutoring and Saturday comprising of the English tutoring and a full (three and a half hours long) SAT mock-test. Students are thoroughly tested on the material necessary to obtain a competitive SAT score. Most who take it enjoy an aggregate of a 300-point increase after completing the program.

AP/Subject Testing
“Advanced Placement” (AP) is a program that offers college-level courses at many high schools. Courses are available in different subject areas, including English, history, humanities, languages, math, psychology and science.

It’s time to start thinking about which AP courses might start you on the right path to college and career success. This program prepares students for the AP Examinations that are administered in May each year and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. The AP Exams are rigorously developed by committees of college and AP high school faculty and test students’ ability to perform at a college level. Our AP/Subject Test Prep after-school program is a valuable way to ensure your student’s success on AP Exams.

Summer SMART Camp

IvySmart’s Summer SMART Camp is a great opportunity for students to stay engaged and get a head start on the upcoming school year. Ivy conducts a 10-week program that provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the following subjects:

  • ALA English and Math
  • Chinese and Spanish
  • Speech, Debate and Drama Workshops
  • Intensive English Study for international students
  • SAT, Honors, AP — all subjects
  • STEM elective programs: Math Olympiad, Machine Building & Programming, Photoshop, Java & Minecraft
  • Drawing, Arts and Crafts, and Cooking
  • Field trips and the much anticipated annual Ivy BBQ
  • The chance to participate in exciting activities during the late afternoon

IvySmart’s summer program has successfully propelled students’ understanding of the curriculum for the upcoming school year. The valuable skills they learn during the summer program helps students have a stronger academic performance during the regular school year.

ESL/TOEFL Program & International English Book Camp

IvySmart has had a plethora of experience in supplementing the education of ESL and international students. We have had the pleasure of having hundreds of international students visit our location within the past 20 years, whether they are in America for just a visit or decide to continue their education stateside.

IvySmart employs accredited teachers who have years of experience teaching ESL students and working with the TOEFL curriculum. Our teachers are well-versed with serving the needs of international students who wanted to be admitted into an American college and need to pass the TOEFL.

IvySmart is able to supplement international students with an education that aides in both written and spoken English, allowing students to not only learn a new language, but apply themselves if they wish to be working professionals in the United States.

English Book Camp
In this workshop, students acquire necessary critical reading skills and the ability to transform their ideas about literature into outstanding book reports. Students also learn valuable oral presentation skills and techniques on how to create their own books.

Language Program & STEM Electives

Chinese Program

Ivy offers a comprehensive Chinese after-school program in both Simplified and Traditional formats. Students are placed according to their skill level in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese.

Beginning Chinese (1-3) introduces either the Pinyin transcription system or the Zhuyin phonetic symbol system. Students will learn basic vocabulary, including the names of foods, family members, time, dates, and animals. They will learn how to introduce themselves to other people as well as some Chinese traditions and cultural legends.

Intermediate Chinese (4-6) students learn traditional Chinese idioms as well as more advanced vocabulary. They will tackle challenging Chinese writing assignments, be able to carry on a long conversation, as well as use a Chinese dictionary.

Advanced Chinese (7-9) prepares students for the Chinese Language SAT Subject Test. By the end of the term, students should be able to easily translate between English and Chinese, know the differences in pronunciation between Taiwanese and Chinese Mandarin, and recognize many different characters and their meanings.

Chinese school is an after-school program offered Friday afternoons during the school year or on weekdays during the summer. One-on-one Chinese tutoring services are also available upon request.

Spanish Program
The IvySmart language classes help students expand their cultural horizons by developing their comprehension of a second or third language. Students enjoy daily immersion in the Spanish language and increase their reading, writing, oral skills, and aural aptitude.

STEM Electives:

Math Olympiad
The Math Olympiad classes are separated into two levels: Math Olympiad I and II. In these classes, students will receive extensive practice in solving mathematical problems which require deeper analysis. This program focuses on furthering mathematical strengths of students and developing their reasoning, logic, and number skills.

Machine Building & Programming
This program develops enthusiasm towards working with machines and electronics through designing and building gadgets using a microcontroller. Students will also discover the ease and fun of learning how to program and build a circuit using multiple types of components in various projects. This program is a great portfolio for students interested in pursuing a career in Robotics and Engineering.

Java 4 Kids & Minecraft
Minecraft is a wildly popular game among elementary and middle schoolers. The game allows players to build constructions of textured cubes in a 3D world. In this program, students will learn how to use Java to write and run Minecraft mods. Students will create their own unique Minecraft mods using a professional Java development tool. By the end of this course, students will have further developed their creativity, strategy, problem-solving, and teamwork.

Photoshop & Photoshop 4 Kids
Photoshop is one of the most powerful and popular graphic editing software. Photoshop is becoming an essential skill for everyone. This program will help develop students’ artistic skills and teach students how to make various visual projects.