December 6, 2018
Dear Academy Community:

We thank you very much for your participation in this year’s parent survey, we had our highest response rate yet (63%). These surveys are incredibly helpful to us as we not only make mid-year adjustments to our program, but also with our end of the year planning for the future. This is the first in a series of four surveys given throughout the year. We want to share some highlights with you because you are such a critical part of helping us with your child’s academic success.

Culture and Communications
On each of the survey questions regarding culture and communications, 100% of parents agreed, including on the following topics:

  • My child is safe at this school.
  • Overall, I am satisfied with communications.
  • Overall, I am satisfied with school culture.
  • The Academy is a supportive and inviting place to learn.
  • At least one adult cares about my child.
  • Overall, I am satisfied with the Academy.

Quality of Teachers
Parents also expressed strong satisfaction with the quality of teachers. In fact, parent satisfaction of teacher quality is far stronger than parents at district, charter, and private schools when comparing only the highest responses on a four-point scale.
Area of Growth
The Academy’s lowest scoring survey item comes not from culture/climate or academics, but from our extracurricular program (91% satisfaction rate), even if some of you expressed understanding that a small school can only provide so many options. Still, we recognize the need to prioritize this, and have even made changes to our Winter season extracurricular options that we shared with students on Tuesday (and as discussed below). 
We look forward to the rest of this year to develop your child as a thinker and learner.

James McGrath
Founding Director
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 .
Triton Families, your child’s digital progress report for our second quarter of the year will be ready for viewing via illuminate by Friday, Dec 7th, 4:00 p.m..

A progress report is a glimpse of your child’s grades. These will only be a part of your child’s final grade. If you need assistance with accessing illuminate, please email or call the main office 562.283.4456.

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.

Dec. 8, 9-11:30 a.m.
Jan. 12, 9-11:30 a.m.
Jan. 19, 9-11:30 a.m.
Hip Hop Dance club performed at the last community meeting. The club is now accepting new students to join after the break. Check out the flyer in the Commons for the details.
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
  • Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Personal Tours by request

To make your reservation, please contact Crystal Day at 562.283.4456 or
We are excited to inform you that our teachers have been invited to participate in a Nurturing Nature research study. This study will be conducted by Professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, from the University of Southern California (USC), together with her team. They will be working with our school towards the aim of examining how teacher's practices may improve students' learning. For further details, please see release form here
Poetry Out Loud is a national program and competition for high school students to connect with poetry and develop their listening and speaking skills.

Learners chose a professionally written poem from the organization’s website and then complete a variety of activities to be able to understand and deliver that poem from memory. They are also trained as judges, which reinforces their listening skills and awareness of the evaluation criteria.

The project has many obstacles along the path to achievement. Students drew upon their intellectual autonomy as well as tenacity to succeed.

Freshman Oscar Alvarez worked his way through each step until show time. But, he wasn't content with the score from his first performance, so he practiced for the rematch and adjusted his reading based on feedback.

As a result of his extra effort, his presentation score almost doubled, which put him 20 points ahead of his closest challenger. He went on to defend his position at the Exposition of Learning and finished as the fall 2018 school-wide champion.
Finding a College
College Seekers will be coming back to the Academy during Advisory next Tuesday, December 11. The workshop will be on finding a college. If you are interested in attending, please sign-up with Mrs. Sanders by Monday, December 10.
Before Thanksgiving, Academy students showcased their work in an  Exhibition of Learning.The event featured posters, presentations, and performances by students from all academic subject areas and extra-curricular activities, sharing what they have learned, created, designed, and discovered. 

A big "thank you" to everyone who attended the event and contributed a dish to the family potluck. We are very thankful for our shared community.
There is no better way to introduce young people to other cultures than with an exchange program. The Academy is working with  Greenheart Exchange to establish a student exchange program.

We are currently looking for host families for two exchange students to join the Academy this Spring. If you are interested in learning more about being a host family, please contact the local Greenheart coordinator, Hadeel Judeh at 562-644-0008.

Mrs. Day's family is currently a host family and is happy to help answer questions about being a host family. Feel free to contact her by email.
Sat., Dec. 8, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Restorative Academics
Saturday School

Tues., Dec. 11 at 8:15 a.m.
College Seekers Advisory Workshop: Finding a College

Thurs., Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
Campus Tour for prospective families

Tues., Dec. 18 at 8:15 a.m.
Community Breakfast and Potluck in Advisory

Fri., Dec. 21, at 2 p.m.
Minimum Day

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

Mon., Jan. 7
School Resumes

Fri., Jan. 11
Last Day for Missing Work

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

Mon., Jan 14
No School

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

Fri., Feb. 1

December 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.

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