Ivy Academy expands campus, introduces Environmental Institute

Ivy Academy Chattanooga students, staff, board members and administration, along with representatives from the city of Soddy-Daisy, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, United States Department of Agriculture, Dillard Construction and Franklin Architects, use gold shovels to break ground for the school's new academic buildings. (Contributed photo)
photo In this 2014 staff file photo, students and faculty from Ivy Academy in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., canoe and kayak up a nearby creek during the school's annual Alternative Transportation Day. To celebrate Earth Day, some students and faculty at the school biked, walked, ran, and kayaked to and from school.

Editor's note: This story first appeared in Community News.

Academy Chattanooga, a public charter school for grades 6-12 with a focus on the environment, is introducing a new Environmental Institute for high schoolers and recently broke ground on new academic buildings to be completed by fall.

The Environmental Institute will offer three majors: veterinary science, environmental audio and visual production, and natural resource management. In addition to the courses required for their major, institute students must take general courses required for graduation, such as algebra II and biology, but along with a high school diploma, they can earn professional certifications, said Ivy chief consultant Angie Markum.