January 19, 2019
  • Tips
  • Basic Information
  • Test Schedule
  • Teachers' Words of Wisdom

  • Being well prepared for the test is the best way to reduce test taking anxiety.
  • Space out your studying over a few days or weeks. Break down the sections or units you need to study, and review them in chunks. Procrastinating and cramming will make you feel more anxious.
  •  Try to maintain a positive attitude and a growth mindset. Come up with a confident mantra. It really works!!
  • Get daily exercise, and take short exercise breaks if you’re studying for hours at a time.
  • Get a good night's sleep before the test. Eat breakfast (get some protein)
  • Show up early so you won't have to worry about being late.
  • Take a few deep breaths to relax yourself and clear your head.
  • Read the directions slowly and carefully.
  • Skim through the test so that you have a good idea how to pace yourself.
  • Don't worry about how fast other people finish their test; just concentrate on your own test.
  • If you don't know the answer to a question, skip it for the time being (come back to it later if you have time).

We are excited to announce that the Academy was awarded a grant to fund a new student internship program with EXP: The opportunity engine !

The internship program is designed to connect students to hands-on work experience, work readiness workshops, and the potential for a paid summer internship. 

The details of the program are still being developed, but the award by the Andeavor foundation and Marathon Petroleum will fund 10 students with a 6-week paid internship for this summer. 

The program is likely to start in February. Keep a lookout for more details. 
Last Information Session

Take a Second Look! We invite you to explore Intellectual Virtues Academy High School (Academy) to learn more about our engaging curriculum, progressive instructional tools, and college partnerships. An education focused on intellectual virtues enables deep understanding ultimately preparing students for the 21st century.

Learn more at our last Information Session on Sunday, January 27 at 1 p.m. To reserve your spot, visit our event page here or contact Crystal Day directly at 562-283-4456. Personal tours are also available on request.
Current Families: If you have a sibling, please make sure you turn in an application to get a sibling exemption. 

Applications received by the Feb. 3 deadline will be entered into the public lottery. Complete an application in the front office or online .
Financial Aid Workshop
Parents and students are invited to a Financial Aid Workshop on Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Academy. The workshop is hosted by College Seekers. To reserve your spot, please contact Summer Sanders .
Annual Black College Expo
Join Academy students at the 20th Annual Black College Expo Saturday February 2nd at LA Convention Center. Meet one on one with top HBCUs and a variety of other colleges and universities and get answers right on the spot. EVERYONE is Welcome.

  • Get Accepted on the SPOT, students bring your transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores (High School Juniors & Seniors)
  • College Transfer Students this is a great opportunity for you to get accepted on the spot! Bring your transcripts from all colleges that you have attended
  • Scholarships on the SPOT
  • Applications fees waived
  • Audition for Band Scholarships (Vocal or instrument, bring your instrument)
  • Jobs…Jobs..Jobs..

Contact Mrs. Sanders if you are interested in arranging an Academy carpool.
Are you interested in helping us with outreach?

As we grow into serving students in 9 th through 12 th grade, we are continuing to gain exposure in the larger community. To strengthen our relationships with feeder schools and continuing to grow our student population, we could use your help with outreach.

Here’s how you can help:
  1. Pick up informational flyers from the front office and help distribute to teachers or friends who are in middle or high school.
  2. Invite friends and relatives to our Informational Night on Sunday, January 27 at 1 p.m. or our Campus Tour on Thursday, January 31 at 9:30 a.m.
  3. Attend a PTA meeting at a middle school and share highlights about the Academy.

Your voice has a big impact on our community.  Each person you speak to has the opportunity to create a ripple effect in the Academy's exposure.  Thank you for being an active member in supporting and growing our school community!

If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Day .
In Art, Mr. Pickens is guiding students through a unit on mandalas. After viewing a presentation on the history and cultural relevance of mandalas, students engaged in the process of creating their own mandala. 

The drawings represent the geometric concept of rotation and radial symmetry. This means that each quarter of the design is identical to the other quarters. After choosing a specific color harmony (monochromatic, complementary, analogous, etc.), artists used colored pencil to fill in their designs with vibrant color.

Here are some examples: 
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 .
IVA Middle School is Now Accepting Applications

Conoce a un estudiante en el quinto grado? La escuela Intellectual Virtues Academy Long Beach (IVA) esta aceptando solicitaciones. IVA es una escuela gratis y publica localizada en el distrito de Long Beach. Sirviendo a estudiantes de sexto y octavo grado, nuestro modelo educativo único fomenta y promueve una cultura del pensamiento profundo y del aprendizaje. Animamos a los estudiantes a aplicar antes del 15 de marzo.  Aprenda mas y solicite aquí! 

Do you know a student in the fifth grade?  Intellectual Virtues Academy Long Beach is now accepting applications! Intellectual Virtues Academy is a free public middle school serving students in 6th-8th grade. Similar to the Academy, our unique educational model fosters and promotes a culture of deep thinking and learning. Prospective 6th grade students are encouraged to apply by March 15.  Learn more and apply here!

Mon., Jan. 21
No School- MLK Day

Wed., Jan 23- Fri. Jan. 25
School Closes at 2 p.m.

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)

Thrs., Feb 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Parent Mingle
Location: TBD

Thurs., May 2 at 7 p.m.
College Compass: How to be College Ready
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Contact us! Phone/Text: 562.283.4456
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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!
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).