August 17, 2017
ACADEMY BEACH DAY TODAY- August 17 from 1-3 p.m.
Join us for a fun afternoon at Rosie's Dog Beach. We will be playing volleyball and getting to know each other. Look for the white canopy. If you have any trouble finding us, call or text, 562.283.4456.

Event page:

New Student Orientation is from 8:15 a.m. to 1:57 p.m. on August 27 and Aug. 28 (please attend both days)

New Parents are welcome to attend a parent orientation after drop off on August 27 at 8 a.m. or join us in the evening on August 28 at 7 p.m.

Returning Students- see you on the first day of school or... If you want to welcome in new students and are not already an Academy Ambassador, please email Mrs. Sanders .

Dress code and school supply information is available on our website or a previous newsletter.

We are creating a carpool map where families can enter their addresses. Get in contact with someone in your neighborhood! You can also add your own address to the carpool map.

The school doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and class will begin at 8:15 a.m. The school day ends at 3:30 p.m., except on Thursday, which ends at 1:59 p.m. The Academy closes at 5 p.m. Mon., Tues., and Wed., and 4:30 p.m. on Thurs. and Fri.


  • 9th Grade and transfer students- Individual schedules will be issued during New Student Orientation. Look for more information in the next newsletter.
  • 10th and 11th Grade- Individual schedules are available in Illuminate. If you need to reset your account, email Mrs. Day.

Contact our office at 562.283.4456 (call or text) or Our office hours vary during the summer, so we recommend calling ahead if you need to stop by to drop off paperwork.
David Brudney, History Teacher
“I have been amazed at the openness, friendliness, seriousness of purpose, and intellectual humility that make the Academy such a special community. The Academy turns its Intellectual Virtues into a part of everything that happens on campus. The community is genuinely remarkable, and I feel extremely lucky to be able to learn from, and work with, the students and teachers of Intellectual Virtues Academy High School!”

Joanna Guzman, Art Teacher
“I believe it’s important to create an environment where teachers, staff, and students can grow and support one another. The Academy offers not only a strong curriculum built on critical thinking and perseverance, but also a caring community. I feel blessed to have found such a loving community in which I can be a part of and make an impact of lives of our future.” 

Julissa Cardenes, Teacher Assistant
"I came to The Academy because this team truly cares about creating opportunities for their students, and staff as well, to thrive in a community with like-minded individuals who want to explore education as more than just a learning objective, but as a true foundation for becoming a free-thinking member of society. Kids need to know they aren't just another passing face in the system and I firmly believe the Academy proves that our students matter to us. The Academy gives me a chance to utilize my skills to make a difference to students who may not get as much focused attention from a more populated school setting."
Ms. Michelle Early was one of our founding faculty members. She took on huge responsibilities the summer prior to opening, loved being there for our kids when they most needed it, and was always searching for how we could be a better team for our community.

We will miss her and wish her the best in her new position.
Message from Ms. Michelle Early
Hello Academy Community,
It is with a full heart I let you know, I will no longer be working at Academy High School. I am so thankful for my last 2 years at the Academy, getting to know each and every student and their families during this time. I will forever be grateful for all of my experiences.
 "It's not that I'm so smart, it's that I stay with the problem longer." ~Albert Einstein.  
With love,
Ms. Earley
We are pleased to announce that Intellectual Virtues Academy now participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. By offering nutritious foods through Revolution Foods , students may purchase lunch for $3.75 and breakfast for $2.25. Eligible students may receive meals at free or reduced-prices, $0.40 for lunch and $0.30 for breakfast.
Free and Reduced lunch
To determine eligibility, please complete the application below as soon as possible. If you have more than one student at the Academy, please complete a form for each of your children.

If the Academy does not receive a completed application, we will be unable to qualify your student for free and reduced breakfast or lunch. Feel free to email a copy of the application to Crystal Day at .
You will be receiving more information on the lunch process in the coming weeks. To preview the breakfast and lunch options for the first days of school, visit the online lunch menu here .

Please keep in mind that this is a new program and we're working out all the details in order to bring our students a good service. Your patience is much appreciated.
The Academy Administrative Team
The Academy is continuing to enroll students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade for this fall! The first day is August 29- it’s not too late to enroll!

This is an exciting time to join our high school program. As we go into our third school year, we are doubling in size, serving 120 students in 9th through 11th grade for the 2018-19 school year. We have just a handful of spaces available in each grade for this coming fall. If you are interested in enrolling, please complete this online application .

We have been steadily building out new classrooms and are so excited to welcome families to the campus. However, due to new classroom renovations, we have to postpone tomorrow’s tour. We will be welcoming all students back to school the week of August 27 and will be happy to schedule tours that week.

CHANGE IN ENROLLMENT - We understand life circumstances change. To help us anticipate any additional spaces available for the upcoming year, please let us know if you Academy student will not be returning by emailing Mrs. Day. or Mrs. Sanders .
  • Academic and Extracurricular offerings;
  • and New Student Orientation information

August 17 from 1-3 p.m.

August 25
10 a.m. to noon
Academy Student Ambassador Training

August 25 from
noon to 3 p.m.

August 27 and 28,
8:15 a.m.-1:57 p.m.

August 27 at 8 a.m.
New Parent Orientation
(morning option)

August 28 at 7 p.m.
New Parent Orientation
(evening option)

August 29
8:15 a.m. 3:30 p.m.-
First Day of School!

Sept. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. 
Back to School Night 

Week of Sept. 17
Extracurricular Activities Begin

Sept. 19 at 8:15 a.m.
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 2018-2019 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! 
  • Curiosity
  • Ask questions!
  • Open-mindedness
  • 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 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 |
The Intellectual Virtues Academy is a public Long Beach high school, open to all students, authorized by Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).