June 3, 2019
You're invited! Wednesday, June 5 at 8:30 a.m.

The Academy is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Coffee Party before the next Family Alliance meeting to say "THANK YOU" to all individuals who have helped our school community throughout the school year. We are so thank you for all of you!

Any volunteer that has assisted, donated, or helped support our school community is invited! If you plan on attending, please let us know through the Facebook event , by email crystal.day@academylongbeach.org, or by calling us at 562.283.4456.
PARENT MINGLE @ "The Hangar"
This Thursday!
June 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Let's get to know each other. The Family Alliance invites current parents, new parents, and interested parents to a Parent Mingle. Come and connect or reconnect with the Academy community as we discuss the Academy's history and what to look forward to in the future.

Who: Current, incoming, and interested parents
What: A Meet and Mingle
When: Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
3991 N Lakewood Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90846, USA


  • CURIOSITY - ask questions!
  • ATTENTIVENESS- look and listen!
  • THOROUGHNESS- go deep!
  • CAREFULNESS- avoid errors!
  • TENACITY- embrace struggle!

Find out everything you need to know about FINALS (Schedule, Logistics, and Tips) below.


We are excited to announce the launch of our High School-College Partnership! Academy 11th and 12th grade students will have the opportunity to enroll in Community College courses, while being enrolled as a high school student, in the 2019-2020 school year.

Our Dual Enrollment Program is designed to support student success in completing a certificate, degree, and/or transferring to a four-year college. The purpose behind dual enrollment programs is to give students a head start on gaining the knowledge and skills that encourage them to continue on a post-secondary journey or to gain education and training in technical skills. The Academy will also be providing specific counseling guidance to support these students to maximize their success.

  • All coursework and fees are FREE for Academy students
  • Courses will be offered at the Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) or Jordan High School, courses offered at the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC) will require an additional approval
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation
  • Students must enroll before the end of the 2018-2019 school year for courses in Fall 2019.
  • Click HERE for more information.
  • Click HERE to begin the enrollment process.

This week, students will be given the opportunity to request courses for next year. The Academy builds our course schedule based on student needs, as well as student and teacher interest areas. We have some exciting courses happening next year!

Students! Be sure to check your school email to complete the survey by Wednesday. Or scan the QR code here.

Students had the opportunity to create a detailed sand sculpture at Crystal Cove Beach last Friday. The technique used is shown in the video. This process of compacting sand inside of a form is used by amateur and professional sand sculptors around the globe. Yes, there are professional sand sculptors that travel the world competing and taking commissions. 
Biology Dissection

In Biology, students are finishing off the school year with a lesson in anatomy. Since the internal anatomy of a pig is almost identical to that of a human, students are going through a four-day fetal pig dissection to learn better what their own bodies are like. 

During the dissection, students use numbered pins to label specific parts of the different body systems (integumentary, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, excretory, reproductive, and nervous). Students then take pictures of their labeled systems and insert those pictures into a Google Slides presentation for submission. 

The experience of the dissection, along with the increased knowledge of how the human body works make this activity a great learning experience.

We are very excited to announce that the Academy has adopted a new communication platform to help strengthen the communication between the Academy and our families. Parent Square integrates with Illuminate to identify each person's communication and language preferences, as well as it provides a safe way for the school directors, teachers, staff, and parents to:
  • Send and receive school and club information
  • Share permission slips
  • See calendar items
  • Sign up to volunteer
  • and much more . . . all in one centralized place!

Ready to use Parent Square? Use the flyers below to learn how.
Parent Square Instructions in English and Spanish .

We will be on-boarding families over the next few weeks to help pilot the platform for the new school year. If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Day .

CA Senate & Assembly Floor
A package of bills – AB 1505, AB 1506, AB 1507, AB 1508, and SB 756 – have been proposed by Sacramento politicians that could impact hundreds of high-quality charter schools throughout the state.  A floor vote on each bill is imminent  in the coming days:

AB 1505 (O-Donnell, D-Long Beach)  would eliminate due process rights for teachers, families, and charter operators to appeal local denials of new, renewing, or revoked charter schools to the county and state boards of education. AB 1505 would also delete academic performance as the most important factor for renewal and revocation of existing schools.

Assembly Bill 1506 (McCarty, D-Sacramento) imposes a moratorium on the opening of new charter schools.

Senate Bill 756 (Durazo, D-Los Angeles)  would allow a district to deny a charter petition or renewal based on a district’s subjective interpretation of the charter school’s financial, academic, or facilities impact on the school district.

While neither of the Intellectual Virtues Academy middle or high schools will be immediately affected, over time these bills could limited, perhaps severely, the scope and depth of what our schools can offer our students.

Learn more  and make your voice heard today by sending an email to your legislator! #kidsnotpolitics

The Academy is currently enrolling students going into 9th through 12th grade for next school year. We have limited spaces available in all grades for next year. Interested families should start the process by submitting an  application  t oday.

Learn more by viewing the Academy "  At a Glance  " or by attending one of the upcoming campus tours:


Wed., June 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Thrs., June 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Fri., June 7
All-School Advisory

Tues., June 11
Academy Awards

Thurs., June 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Wed., June 12 to Fri., June 14
Minimum Days

Fri., June 14
Last Day of School

August 7 at 9:15 a.m.
Family Alliance Planning

August 26 & 27
New Student Orientation
8:15 a.m. to 1:57 p.m.

August 28 at 8:15 a.m.
First Day of School

Are you having a tough time getting to school, or interested in meeting other Academy families near you?

We are happy to  connect families  to help create carpool arrangements or assist in creating a public transportation plan.

If your family is interested in either of these two options, please contact  Crystal Day or Makenna Engert.

Yearbooks will be available for pick-up early next week. If you haven't purchased your yearbook yet, don't worry! They will be on sale during lunch and after school for $30 (cash or check)

To stay connected over the summer, please  make sure to update the front office with your contact information. Any changes can be emailed to   Crystal Day.
Ask questions!
Think outside the box! 
Intellectual Courage
Take risks! 

Intellectual Attentiveness
Look and listen!
Intellectual Carefulness
Avoid errors!
Intellectual Thoroughness
Go deep! 

Intellectual Autonomy
Think for yourself!
Intellectual Humility
Admit what you don't
Intellectual Tenacity
Embrace struggle!

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Intellectual Virtues Academy, A Long Beach Public High School 
1637 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, California 90813
562.283.4456 | www.academylongbeach.org
The Intellectual Virtues Academy is a public Long Beach high school, open to all students, authorized by Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).