Founded during America’s colonial period, Ivy League schools in the northeastern United States, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Penn, list a plethora of former presidents, Nobel laureates, and entrepreneurs, among many other high-achieving graduates, as alumni. These institutions have a well-earned reputation for academic excellence, as well as selectivity in admissions. Ivy International, a Harmony Partner School, aims to follow in this time-honored tradition, providing a twenty-first-century education model, focused on STEM, to primary and secondary learners in Egypt.
“Ivy” is a word that has long been synonymous with academia. Historically, the ritual of “planting the ivy” was practiced by students at many universities throughout the United States. In 1874, for example, “Ivy Day” was inaugurated formally at the University of Pennsylvania, where students planted ivy each year at a different campus building—a plant that many people consider attractive decoration with which to accentuate the dreary, old architecture. Ivy, growing on the façade of a building, also helps to insulate and cool interiors, trap pollutants, and attenuate noise. Numerous formal planting ceremonies during the nineteenth century were recorded at universities in the United States, including the prestigious, all-female liberal arts college Bryn Mawr. Most recently, “Ivy Day,” however, refers to the time of year, typically in late March, when the aforementioned group of eight Ivy League schools formally announce admission decisions for first-year students.
What’s in a name, really? If one presses our staff to select a word that best describes this school, I think most would respond with the word “unique.” Not only does Ivy International School seek to follow the same time-honored traditions of elite schools in North America, but also it aims to equip its students with the necessary skills to succeed in a fast-changing world. We hope that our vision for a STEM-focused school inspires creativity and innovation in our students while also encouraging them to realize their own immense potential within themselves.