Our Story

Founded in 1988.

In the Beginning…

Ivy Hall Academy was founded by James Lindahl and Alan Osmond in 1988. Both wanted a safe educational environment for their children entering junior high. The school began with 12 students and 3 years later expanded to include preschool through eighth grade.

For the next 8 years, students enjoyed rigorous academics as well as swimming, tennis, raquetball, and track. At that time, the building was sold and the school relocated to it’s present site.

From that time until the present, the school has enabled greatness by combining challenging academics, the arts, and leadership. Each year the curriculum is evaluated and improved. Excellent teachers influence the love of learning. Our well-rounded students go on to contribute to society and live successful, happy lives.

Leader in Me

We subscribe to Franklin Covey’s “The Leader in Me” school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.

Covey’s “7 Habits” guide both teachers and students in the classroom and play an important role in shaping children in every aspect of their lives.


Be proactive

You’re in Charge!

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Begin with the end in mind

Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.



Put first things first

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Think win-win

Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for Third Alternatives.



Listen before you talk

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.


Together Is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.



Sharpen the Saw

Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

Meet Principal Liechty

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