December 21, 2018
Design Thinking at the Academy

In Ethics, students are developing a design thinking project on immigration. After empathizing with myriad perspectives on immigration from news outlets, testimonials, documentaries, and academic writing, students are developing a prototype for some idea to ameliorate a specific aspect of this complicated issue. A few ideas in development are:

- An app called "CONEX" that consolidates access points for resources that immigrants need like health care, housing, employment, and relationship building. This aims to address these various problems of access to resources that many recent immigrants face. 

- A creative non-fiction story about the life of an immigrant family, written from the perspective of the mother. This aims to impact prevailing perceptions of immigrants by creating a personal, visceral, and nuanced account of lives of people migrating in search of a better life. 

- A music program that offers classes, recording equipment, and platforms for immigrant artists to express their cultures, create community, and record to sell recordings of their music. This is meant to help with immigrants feeling like their cultural views are accepted, create a sense community, and also provide some small way to make money. 

The students have been working thoughtfully and creatively, and we have been very impressed with their productivity and innovation. 


In Biology, students are finding solutions to various problems associated with various diseases. Each group of students chose a disease that they were interested in learning more about and then began to ideate (brainstorm) why the disease was still spreading (the problem) and how to stop it from spreading (the solution). Currently, students are working on prototyping their solution by actually creating something that they can then present to the class regarding their solution."

For more on Design Thinking click here.
Finding a College
On December 11th, our Academy’s junior class participated in a focus group to identify colleges that matched their personal interests, learning styles, and future goals. Students were given an overview of the college and university system, what can be gained by attending college, and what questions to ask in order to find the perfect fit. Colleges that were discussed included UC/CSUs, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Colleges that Change Lives, and Alternative Colleges. We want our students to open the realm of possibilities and explore the many options for them, and their future in learning.

On January 15th, we will hold another session to dive deeper into Exploring Colleges of their choice. We will also be teaching students how to build relationships with admissions representatives of those schools. Be sure you have registered with College Board to get notifications for  students  and  parents

We have a lot to look forward to in 2019. We have received the PSAT scores, and will be meeting with each student individually to discuss the results. The SAT prep club is in full swing to help target student areas of growth. Spots are still available, see  Mr. Rodriguez  to sign up. Please remember to register for the SAT by the Feb. 8 deadline. If you have any questions, please see Dr. M or Mrs. Sanders.

We look forward to college tours and visits from admissions representatives throughout the spring. Be sure to visit our calendar of events. We are excited to partner with you to guide our students towards reaching their goals through our  College Compass Program
Become a Triton!
Now is the time to encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to apply to the Academy for the 2019-2020 school year! We will be accepting 56 students in 9th grade and have some space available in 10th through 12th grade. Applications are available  online or paper applications for available in the front office. Share the Academy with your community!

**Applying to the Academy  does not affect the LBUSD high school CHOICE application. The Academy provides students with an additional option. 

  • Enrolling 56- 9th grade students for 2019-2020
  • Total Enrollment: 120-320 students
  • Average Class Size: 24 students
  • Advanced Academic Program (honors/AP)
  • Special Education Program (inclusion model)
  • Curriculum aligns w/ University requirements
  • College Counseling Ratio: 150 to 1
  • Clubs: S.T.E.M., Arts, Leadership
  • Intramural Sports
  • I.V. model w/ emphasis on character growth
  • No attendance boundaries

Upcoming Events
The best way to get to know the Academy is to visit the campus. Whether you are in 8th-grade or a transfer student, grab a few friends and family members and come to visit for an Information Session or Campus Tour.

Campus Tours

To make your reservation, please contact Crystal Day at 562.283.4456 or
Late work will ONLY be accepted until January 11th, (January 12th at 11:30 a.m. for those students who attend Restorative Academics that morning).

Restorative Academics is the Academy's Saturday school program to help students catch up on missed assignments. Teachers and support staff will be available to help students maximize their time. There are only 3 dates left for first semester. Take advantage of this opportunity.

Jan. 12, 9-11:30 a.m.
Jan. 19, 9-11:30 a.m.
Academy students have a wide range of extracurricular options to participate in during their high school experience. Extracurricular involvement gives students additional opportunities to practice leadership skills, as well as another place to make new friendships. All extracurricular options are supported by an adult sponsor. With enough interest, students also have the autonomy to create a new club.

If you have any questions about the offerings or have an interest in making a new club, please see Mrs. Sanders .

Fri., Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
Minimum Day
Building Closes at 3:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 22 - Sun., Jan. 6
No School- Winter Break

Mon., Jan. 7
School Resumes

Thurs., Jan 10 at 9:30 a.m.

Fri., Jan. 11
Last Day for Missing Work

Sat., Jan. 12, 9:30-11 a.m.
Restorative Academics

Mon., Jan 14
No School

Tues., Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m.

Sat., Jan. 19, 9:30-11 a.m.
Restorative Academics

Wed., Jan 23- Fri. Jan. 25

Sun., Jan 27 at 1 p.m.

Mon., Jan 28
First Day of the 2nd Semester

Thurs., Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m.

Fri., Feb. 1

Tues., Feb., 8

Thurs., Feb 21 at 7 p.m.
College Compass: Financial Aid Workshop (Parent and Student)

Thurs., May 2 at 7 p.m.
College Compass: How do be College Ready
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January lunch order forms are available online and in the front office. Please remember that orders need to be placed at least one week in advance.

You can now make a credit card payment to your  Titan lunch account. To access your child's lunch account, visit the  Titan Portal.

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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The Intellectual Virtues Academy is a public Long Beach high school, open to all students, authorized by Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).