August 11, 2017
SEE YOU ON SATURDAY!: ACADEMY BEACH DAY
Join the ACADEMY for a fun beach day! Connect with current Academy friends and incoming Academy students. 


Who: Current, incoming, and interested families are warmly welcome! 

What: Academy Beach Day

When: Saturday, August 12 from 1-3 p.m.

Where: 1 Granada Avenue, near Rosie's Dog Beach. Look for the Academy flag to find us! 


RSVP on our Facebook event here (and tag a friend to join you!)

GROWING OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY

We have additional spaces in 9th and 10th grade for this year. As a community-based high school, the ACADEMY values looking to current constituents to help grow the school community. 


If you are a member of a church, sports team, community organization or program, please notify your social network of the ACADEMY as a high school option. This is a good opportunity for any friends to join the ACADEMY!


For those interested, the first step is to complete an online application. Feel free to share the ACADEMY'S Facebook page for more information or contact Crystal Day at 562.283.4456. 

EXTRACURRICULAR OFFERINGS: GETTING INVOLVED!

We will be providing quality and varied extracurricular opportunities for students after school. Students at the Academy run a number of clubs representing a wide range of interests and identities. Clubs provide students with opportunities to get involved in the school, meet new people, and to take leadership positions. Additionally, many students have gained leadership skills through the experience of founding a club. All clubs are student-initiated with the support of an adult advisor. 


  • Music: Drumming
  • Intro to Robotics 
  • Student Leadership
  • Yearbook
  • Cross Country


Read more about fall extracurricular activities here. 

UNDERSTANDING OUR PHILOSOPHY
Our educational philosophy and framework for instructional design are based on  a rigorous, college- and career- preparatory standards-aligned curriculum across core subjects.  All core Academy courses will be CCSS-aligned, utilizing both the state content standards and frameworks as guides for curriculum and assessments.

Interwoven throughout the standards-based curriculum is an innovative emphasis on the development of  intellectual virtues. Acclaimed researcher  Carol Dweck and colleagues from Stanford wrote: 
 
Most educational reforms focus on—what material is taught and how it is taught. In our pursuit of educational reform, something essential has been missing: the psychology of the student. Psychological factors—often called motivational or non-cognitive factors—can matter even more than cognitive factors for students’ academic performance. These may include students’ beliefs about themselves, their feelings about school, or their habits of self-control.
 
Educators, psychologists, and even economists recognize the importance of non-cognitive factors in achievement both in school and in the labor market. These factors also offer promising levers for raising the achievement of underprivileged children and, ultimately, closing achievement gaps based on race and income. Research shows that educational interventions and initiatives that target these psychological factors can transform students’ experience and achievement in school, improving core academic outcomes such as GPA and test scores months and even years later.

As students  learn how to learn and develop the skills and attributes of the intellectual virtues, all students are capable of success in our rigorous program.
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JOIN THE FAMILY ALLIANCE!

As a small, community-based school, we thrive on parent participation. We are looking for parents/guardians interested in forming our Family Alliance for the 2017-2018 school year. We are very interested in partnering with you to make key decisions about school programs. 


Participation includes but not limited to:

  • Family Alliance Association Leaders
  • Chaperones
  • Event Helpers
  • Creative Makers and Thinkers
  • Parent/Guardians To Be Included On Our Hiring Panel
  • Athletic Groupies for Carpooling
  • Landscaping 
  • ...and More!

Email Summer Sanders if you are interested in volunteering! 


 
STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT NEWSLETTER:
  • Announcing our new community members;
    and New Student Orientation information
UPCOMING EVENTS 


August 12, 1-3 p.m.- ACADEMY Beach Day 


August 22, 7 p.m.Movie on the Beach with the Academy Community: Sandlot 

Look for the Academy flag!


August 28 and 29, 8:15 a.m.-1:47 p.m.- Mandatory New Student Orientation (all incoming 9th-grade and new 10th-grade students)


August 30, 8:15 a.m.- First Day of School and Welcoming Ceremony


Sept. 7, 6:30-8 p.m. - Back to School Night 


Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m.- Coffee in the Cove

SCHOOL DAY HOURS

The school doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and class will begin at 8:15 a.m. The school day ends at 3:27 p.m., except on Thursday, which ends at 1:57 p.m. The Academy closes at 5:30 p.m. Mon., Tues., and Wed., and 4:30 p.m. on Thurs. and Fri.


AFTER SCHOOL STUDY HALL

Study hall will be available on campus Mon., Tues., Wed. from 3:50 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thurs. from 2:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Fri. from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A teacher or tutor will be supervising the study hall during these time.


SCHOOL CALENDAR- click here

BELL SCHEDULE- Click here 
  • 9th Grade- Individual schedules will be issued during New Student Orientation. Look for more information in the next newsletter.
  • 10th Grade- Individual schedules will be emailed to your Academy email address before the first day of school. Parents will also be able to see schedules using Parent Portal in Illuminate. 
MASTER VIRTUES

CREATIVE VIRTUES

  • Curiosity
    Ask questions!
  • Open-mindedness
    Think outside the box! 
  • Intellectual Courage
    Take risks! 


CRITICAL THINKING VIRTUES

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


VIRTUES OF SELF-GROWTH

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