New School Year 2019 News!


School will begin on August 21st for staff, and on August 22nd for students.


We are proud to announce that we will continue to implement the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Curriculum with all of our students.  Choose Love is a social - emotional learning curriculum that was developed by Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse was a victim of the Sandy Hook shooting.  This remarkable woman channeled her grief by teaming with educators and other professionals in order to develop a program designed to prevent violence and teach children the skills they'll need to be successful in life.  Thus far, student feedback regarding the program has been very positive.  For more information, you can visit www.jesselewischooselove.org.  Staff also will engage in further training in Dr. Ross Greene's "Collaborative and Proactive Solutions" program, which fits beautifully into our strength based philosophy


Capstone Projects is intended to be an enriching activity which engages each student in a personalized learning experience. The project can take many shapes and should be driven by the student’s interest and abilities.  Each project will need to meet specific academic expectations and the established timeline. Past Projects included ​working to collect food for the poor and homeless as well as a "Take Back the Night" project dedicated to keeping our children safe.


  • Develop a project that meets your skills and interests as an independent learner and meets a community need.

  • Demonstrate the ability to present final projects

  • Demonstrate the ability to research and organize materials and resources

  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively use interpersonal skills and time management to solve problems

  • Write a reflective piece on the project and process

 Past Celebrations! Summer of 2019


  • We had two graduates and send warm congratulations to John and David.  We also wish Ben the best in his new program..

  • Victor, a 2018 graduate just completed training and received his CDL license.  Congratulations, Vic


 Congratulations to all of our students for a fine year!

  • On a very sad note, we lost a wonderful teacher this past June.  Mrs. Donna Doyle was a wonderful, caring educator who will be greatly missed.

  • Miss Megan is moving to a new position at Yale New Haven's Childcare Center

  • Ms. Cruver has moved and took a position with Norwalk Public Schools. 

       She and Ms. Megan were valuable members of our team and they, too will be greatly


Our 2018 Graduates

Each month, we have a themed Community Day Meeting that is based upon a predetermined theme.  We have done science day and had a giant blow up planetarium brought to the school, we've done Holidays Around the World, we've done Recycling, Kindness, Supporting Our Community, an Annual Gratitude Day, and more.
In addition, we hold an annual Ives School Peace Prize ceremony, where students and staff vote on a student who has consistently demonstrated caring and kindness to others at the school.