Irvington Preparatory Academy's purpose is to prepare each of our students for success in college, if not any post-secondary educational experience. Our primary focus, however, is college readiness. To that end, IPA students are expected to take their academic work seriously and invest themselves in attaining the knowledge that we offer as building blocks to college, behave themselves as if they were attending a university and participating in a college classroom, and strive to develop the character it takes today to be a contributing member of society.
IPA has created a four-year road map, our College Planning by Grade reference sheet, that lays out the process students should adhere to as they advance toward college during their years at IPA. Students should fill out the IPA Student Profile each year to track academic progress. A key part of planning for college is the College Search Process. We also provide some helpful Internet resources to assist students in a number of key areas in their college preparation, including: career search and selection (indicating college degrees required for respective jobs and professions), college admissions tests and preparation, instructions on how to apply to college, and guidance on the financial aid and scholarship process. Of course, college planning brings a whole new language into play, a set of common college terms which both students and parents should understand to better navigate the college planning experience.
Students should also closely track the IPA Graduation Requirements to make sure they meet the school's graduation expectations. Should any question about credits, graduation requirements, and college planning arise, students should see Mrs. Goebel, IPA's Director of College and Academic Services or Mrs. Brinsley IPA's School Counselor.
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Of note, throughout their high school experience, IPA students should rely upon their student handbook for guidelines to daily life at IPA, important information about academics and college preparation, and other essential details about succeeding as an IPA student.