Calendar and Schedule
Ivymount is an 11-month school. The new school year begins in early July, with a short summer break in August, then resumes from late August to mid-June.
Regular school hours are 8:45 am to 3:15 pm except Wednesday. School is dismissed at 12:45 pm every Wednesday to allow for planning, professional in-services and parent conferences.
Inclement Weather Policy
Ivymount School follows the Inclement Weather Policy of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), including for school closure, late opening, and early release. For a late opening on a Wednesday, Ivymount School will have a full day program and dismiss students at 3:15 pm.
Reporting Student Absences
Parents/guardians are required to report an absence to the school in the morning if your child will not attend school that day. To facilitate this reporting, Ivymount School has established an email for attendance. You may report an absence by email to: email@example.com or by calling the front office at: 301-469-0223. If the main office is closed, you may leave a voicemail message. Please leave your name, your child’s name, his/her teacher’s name and room number and reason for absence.
Handbook and Forms
Ivymount School uses Operoo for easy completion and storage of annual school forms and information such as the Family Handbook, student calendar, and local education agency transportation contacts.
All families receive an initial email from Operoo to activate an account and then receive an email notification when there is a new form to complete.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any Operoo questions.
The IvyNotes weekly newsletter is emailed to families each Sunday at 7:00 pm. IvyNotes includes school-wide updates, upcoming event information, class/curriculum highlights, PTA, and Outreach information to help you stay informed. Check the Calendar and Events page to see recent issues.
Emergency Communications CrisisGo
CrisisGo is Ivymount’s emergency communication system. Ivymount staff and families will receive notifications through text messages and emails during emergency situations and regarding inclement weather schedule changes. Families are automatically enrolled using the telephone number and email address(es) they have provided.
Family and Teacher Association (PTA)
The Ivymount School PTA is a community of families and staff that supports the needs of Ivymount’s exceptional students and their families. The PTA encourages collaboration between families/caregivers and teachers, fosters relationships among families, and provides social opportunities that meet the specific needs of this unique community.
Enroll in the Ivymount PTA Listserv in order to remain in communication with Ivymount present and past families. Listserv members share resources, events, questions and input from other families. To request an invitation to the listserv, email PTA President Cindy Gottfried. email@example.com
Ivymount Outreach and Endeavors Programs
Ivymount Community Outreach offers group educational and recreational programs after school and on weekends. Endeavors Outreach Programs offers individual therapy, including speech therapy, occupational therapy and applied behavior analysis services. All programs and therapies are led by highly trained Ivymount staff. Funding is available for some Outreach programs.
The Ivymount Outreach Resource Fair is held each spring and showcases dozens of exhibitors from around the DC region that provide services and resources to children and young adults with unique needs. Ivymount trained staff also provide informative parent workshops on topics such as transition services, interactive reading, and supporting your child’s communication. Located on the Ivymount campus, this event is free and open to the public. Please click here for Ivymount Community Outreach.
Best Buddies Friendship Program
The Best Buddies High School Friendship Program fosters one-to-one friendships between high school students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). For over 20 years, Ivymount has partnered with two private high school Best Buddies Chapters: Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and the Georgetown Preparatory School. Monthly Best Buddies activities are conducted outside of regular school hours. To register annually, please complete the information at Best Buddies registration (select either Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart OR Georgetown Preparatory School when selecting your chapter) and notify Ivymount’s Special Education Advisor, Carley Sturges at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Resources from MANSEF
Click here for resources on Individual Educational Plans, Free and Appropriate Education, and Transition and more.
Families can give back to Ivymount through routine shopping or by supporting annual fundraising initiatives.
Ongoing gifts can be seamless, affordable, and help Ivymount take a planned approach to the training and programs that change students’ educational and social trajectories. Click the “monthly” box on the donation page.
Sign up as a My Harris Teeter member, then link your VIC card.
Click on the Together In Education box, then when registering use the Ivymount School Code 7930.
Donations bridge the gap between state-funded tuition and the actual expense of providing an individualized Ivymount education. Donor gifts also support curriculum development and staff training. Donate Now to Ivymount’s yearly annual fund.