CURRICULUM SPOTLIGHT: Philosophy and Ethics
Final Projects: Student Led Classes
In Philosophy and Ethics, students are taking control of their own learning. Final projects are student-driven, and aim to demonstrate curiosity, thoroughness, and autonomy in the process of inquiry and discovery.
In Philosophy, students are writing lesson plans that connect a text of their choice to philosophical themes and questions we have explored throughout the year. A few questions that students are exploring though their lessons are: "Is free will invented or discovered?", "How does technology affect our relationships?", and "In what ways do our experiences shape our perspective?". Once their lesson plans are written, the last 3 weeks of class will be entirely student-led philosophy lessons.
In Ethics, students are designing their own final projects in the field of environmental ethics. Students are required to design a complete project with an overview, rubric, and product. They will be assessed on the degree to which they design rigorous, challenging, research-based ethical projects. A few initial project ideas include a community service project on ocean pollution, a short film on light pollution, a design-thinking project on algae biofuel, and an argumentative essay on climate engineering.
Overall, students are taking on these challenges purposefully and creatively. We are excited to see the range of lessons and projects that our community produces.
COURSE SELECTION SURVEY
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
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL HOURS
Our Last Day of school is Friday,
. Students will be dismissed at
The campus will be
closed by 2 p.m.
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
Our campus will be closed from June 19- August 5. We are available periodically by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 562.283.4456.
After August 5 our office hours may vary. We recommend calling before stopping by. Most days the office hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019-20
The school calendar for next year is posted on
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NOW ENROLLING FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
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
Learn more by viewing the Academy "
At a Glance
" or by attending one of the upcoming campus tours:
Family Alliance Planning Meeting and Coffee Social at Tierra Mia Coffee Shop
As a small, community-based school, we thrive on parent participation. We will be having a Family Alliance planning meeting on August 7 at 9:15 a.m. at Tierra Mia coffee shop on PCH.
We will discuss topics like spirit wear, school dances, extracurricular offerings, hospitality, parent ambassadors, our community garden and more!
Incoming families for the fall of 2019 are encouraged to join! All parents are members of the F.A. Please consider joining our next meeting to help plan out next school year.
If you are unable to make this meeting, but have ideas or want to be more involved, feel free to email our Family Alliance coordinator,
. Thank you!
The Main Library in downtown Long Beach has a learning space called "The Studio" where people can use technology (like 3D printers) and other resources to innovate and collaborate on ideas.
ACADEMY STUDENT AMBASSADORS FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
The Academy’s Student Ambassadors are a small group of students dedicated to the positive promotion of the school. The group will work on a volunteer basis to serve as liaisons between the current Academy community and prospective students. The Student Ambassador’s main job is to be a helpful, friendly face for the new students. This is a great opportunity for students interested in taking on a leadership role at the Academy.
- Sharpen communication and public speaking skills
- Improve interpersonal and conversational skills
- Enhance confidence when speaking and interacting with many members of the community
- Develop networking skills through participation at exciting events
- Develop leadership to use in college and beyond
If you are interested in becoming an Academy’s Student Ambassador, please contact
for an application.
The ambassadors will meet in August for a leadership training and orientation.
Wed., June 12 to Fri., June 14
Minimum Days (noon dismissal, no lunch provided)
Thurs., June 13 at 9:30 a.m.
Fri., June 14
Last Day of School
August 7 at 9:15 a.m.
Family Alliance Planning
New Student Orientation
8:15 a.m. to 1:57 p.m.
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
to help create carpool arrangements or assist in creating a
YEARBOOKS ON SALE! $30
If you haven't purchased your yearbook yet, don't worry! You still have time! Yearbooks can be purchased after school for $30 in cash or check.
June 12- 14
In order for us to prepare the Chromebooks for next year, students will
need to turn in their borrowed computers and chargers by Friday.
If they are not turned in by Friday, families will be sent a bill for the amount of
$300, the cost of the computer.
To stay connected over the summer, please
to update the front office with your contact information. Any changes can be emailed to
Think outside the box!
CRITICAL THINKING VIRTUES
Look and listen!
VIRTUES OF SELF-GROWTH
Think for yourself!
Admit what you don't
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